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September 1, 2018

Novak Djokovic

New York, NY, USA

N. DJOKOVIC/R. Gasquet

6-2, 6-3, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Did it feel as efficient to you as it looked like from the outside?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, absolutely. It was the best match of the week so far, without a doubt. One of the best performances I had in the hard court season after Wimbledon.

Came at the right time because Gasquet is a tricky player, someone that has plenty of experience, someone that I know very well. Obviously he showcased today why he has one of the best backhands, one-handed backhands, in the game.

I don't think he was playing bad. He was there. It seemed like he just needed a few points to break through. I was lucky to really save some crucial breakpoints in the third set. If he got back that break, who knows. He was playing well.

I thought I was playing on a very high level from the first point. Very, very pleased with the performance.

Q. You didn't sound that pleased after your last match.

Q. Dip in the third set. Does coming off a match where you're not thrilled with things maybe change your approach or help you refocus?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, yeah, I mean, it does. It makes me focus I guess more on certain aspects of my game that were not working as well as I wanted them to. That's a good thing about Grand Slams, is you have a day in between you can work on these kind of things. I spent an hour and a half on the court yesterday, really worked specifically on certain things and prepared for today's match. I think my team and I have done a really good job. You could see that with the performance tonight.

Q. The next match against Sousa?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: He made a good win a few days ago, today against top-15 player. He deserves a credit for reaching first time last 16 in a slam. He doesn't have anything to lose. He's a fighter. He grinds. He doesn't give you too many free points. He makes you run. He loves to run. Loves to run around his backhand, hit some forehands. Plays pretty flat.

I've played him. I think I played him here many years ago. Haven't played him for a while. Anyway, look, I know that I'm clear favorite in the match. At the same time I will try to maintain the level of focus and performance and level of tennis that I've had today. If it's like that, then I have a good chance to win.

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