Djokovic wins at US Open despite elbow

To play the world No.1 on the biggest tennis court in the world, it doesn't get much better than that.

"Also the challenge of playing world number one, you know it's going to be tough when you go out there".

Edmund, who was beaten 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in just an hour and 55 minutes, was the first British man other than Andy Murray to reach the fourth round here for 12 years and will jump around 30 places next week from his current position at No84 in the world rankings.

"It feels great to play a match". That's a really good thing. "It's not that I didn't believe in my game before but it's nice to actually do it on a big stage against some good players", he said.

Edmund, playing in a Grand Slam fourth round for the first time, barely got a look-in during the first two sets against the world number one and defending champion, who booked a last-eight meeting with ninth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (7/9), 6-2 victor over American Jack Sock.

"I want to wish Kyle the best".

"It has been a good tournament for me but there obviously still a lot of stuff I can improve on but there are loads are positives". So far I only played night sessions.

The defeat leaves Nadal - forced out of the French Open third round with a wrist injury that also led him to miss Wimbledon - without at least one Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance for the first time since he was a teenaged tour newcomer in 2004. Even with the extra rest, however, he required on-court treatment on his right arm the same one he had treated during his scrappy first-round victory over Jerzy Janowicz.

Djokovic put the set back on serve with a break for 3-3, and broke Edmund at love to close out the match. "I'm really glad to be back", he said. "He is only 21 and playing his first Arthur Ashe match, so he deserves applauds".

Edmund held easily in the first game, but saw the match quickly get away from him despite there being a few holes in the Serbian's game early on.

"He beat Gasquet, he beat Isner".

"It's given me a lot more belief in my game", Edmund said.

"For someone of his age he's showing mental maturity, no doubt".

That he did. Yet while Djokovic looked quite good for the first two sets against the 84th-ranked Edmund, and again at the very end, there was that interlude that included the trip from the trainer at 2-1 in the last set. I'm going to need all the conditions I can have.

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