Simple for Djokovic; Hewitt out
A review of the men's singles on day nine of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
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Novak Djokovic produced a superb performance to thrash Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-0 6-0 and roar into the quarter-finals of the US Open.
The Serbian barely put a foot wrong, hitting 34 winners to just 15 unforced errors and losing just 15 points in the final two sets combined, as he sauntered to victory in just under an hour and 20 minutes.
The six-time Grand Slam champion won this title in 2011 and he will now face the 21st seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the last eight.
Lleyton Hewitt's excellent US Open run ended in heartbreak as the former champion lost in five sets to Youzhny in the fourth round.
The Australian, the champion in New York 12 years ago, had rolled back the years with a stunning win over Juan Martin del Potro and looked set to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final for four years.
Hewitt led 4-1 in the fourth set only for Youzhny to win six straight games and lead by a break in the decider.
Back came 32-year-old Hewitt to lead 5-2 but he played a poor game serving for the match and Youzhny reeled off five straight games to clinch a 6-3 3-6 6-7 (3/7) 6-4 7-5 victory after three hours and 58 minutes.
Andy Murray will face Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland next after he defeated fifth seed Tomas Berdych 3-6 6-1 7-6 (8-6) 6-2.