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Djokovic Reaches Quarterfinals Of Australian Open

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Australian Open favourite, Novak Djokovic, overcame local boy, Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-1 6-2 to ease into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.

It was a statement win in his quest for a 10th title at the Grand Slam that has only been threatened by a hamstring issue.

The victory was Djokovic’s 38th consecutive win on Australian soil and the fewest number of games he has dropped points in a match.

The Serbian, Djokovic was a doubt for this year’s Australian Open due to visa issues but has made the tournament memorable.

 

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There was a breathless start to the match when De Minaur crashed a forehand into the net to allow the fourth seed to go up 4-2 and the Serbian consolidated the break and struck again to claim the first set.

Having never lost at Melbourne Park since the fourth round in 2018, _the 35-year-old was in no mood to give De Minaur a sniff of a chance on Rod Laver Arena, as he raced out of the blocks and dominated his opponent with blistering shots on both wings.

“I can’t say I’m sorry you’ve not watched a longer match,” Djokovic told fans.

“I wanted to win in straight sets. Once on the court, you have to deal with a lot of things… the first four, five games were close and after the break I started feeing more loose and more aggressive.

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“He was a bit more nervous and that was my opportunity to capitalise. Tennis is a quick, dynamic sport, so things change in a matter of moments, but I was able to play my best match of the year,” Djokovic stressed.

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