Goffin passes Krajinovic test to reach last-16 in New York

FILE PHOTO: Sep 2, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; David Goffin of Belgium hits a backhand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) on day three of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seventh seed David Goffin was made to work hard by Serbian Filip Krajinovic before clinching a 6-1 7-6(5) 6-4 win at the U.S. Open on Friday, moving into the fourth round for the fourth consecutive year at Flushing Meadows.

The Belgian stormed out of the blocks to convert three break point opportunities in the opening set as Krajinovic struggled for control on his second serve.

Both players converted two break points each in a seesaw second set before Goffin edged the tiebreak to claim a two-set advantage.

After taking an early lead in the third set, Goffin was again pegged back by 26th seed Krajinovic but the world number 10 prevailed with a decisive break in the 10th game to seal victory in just over two hours.

Goffin will face either 12th seeded Canadian power-hitter Denis Shapovalov or home favourite and number 19 seed Taylor Fritz for a place in the quarter-finals.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris