Like many others, Andy Roddick was impressed by what he saw from Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the Australian Open. The American praised the Serb after his dominant 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 win over Alex de Minaur, labeling Novak the top seed to win the title..
Djokovic is seeking his tenth Australian Open crown, though dark clouds hung over his campaign in the first three rounds. Novak suffered a hamstring injury in his left leg in Adelaide, won the title but was still feeling the pain in Melbourne.
Djokovic outclassed Roberto Carballes Baena in the opener, delivering two breaks in the first two sets and producing a bagel in the third. Novak felt pain in the second set against qualifier Enzo Couacaud. He lost it in the tiebreaker before shifting into a higher gear and sealing the deal with his second bagel of the week.
Things were not looking good for the Serb after the clash with Grigor Dimitrov, struggling more and more and requiring a medical timeout. Grigor had his chances in the marathon first set before Djokovic took control in the second and third to take home the win and avoid spending any more time on court.
Novak did not feel any problems in the fourth round against Alex de Minaur, he flew over the court and produced his best game. Djokovic defeated De Minaur 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in two hours and six minutes, dominating from start to finish to reach the quarterfinals.
Djokovic got half the return points and held De Minaur to less than ten winners. Novak delivered six breaks in 12 chances and never had a problem behind his opening shot. The Serb hit 26 winners and 27 unforced errors and controlled the pace in the shorter and later rallies to lose just five games and remain in the title race.
Novak got off to a good start and dropped five points in his games in the opener. Alex kept in touch through the first four games before disappearing from the court at Rod Laver Arena.
Andy Roddick names Novak Djokovic favorite for the Australian Open.
The Serb broke at love in game six to open a 4-2 lead and stole again in game eight to clinch the first 6-2 in 35 minutes.
With everything working his way, Novak dropped six points in his games in the second set and left the opponent far behind. Djokovic broke De Minaur in games two and four to build a 6-2, 5-0 lead in no time after rattling off nine straight games!
Alex fended off a bagel with a hold in the sixth game, and Novak fired a backhand cross winner in the next for a 6-2, 6-1 quick 75-minute run. Eager to seal the deal as soon as possible, the Serb took a 4-0 lead in the third set against a powerless opponent.
Alex held on in game five after two and hoped for at least a few chances on the return. Instead, Djokovic opened a 5-1 gap and forced the opponent to serve to stay in the match. Novak created a match point in game seven with a game-winning volley and Alex saved it with a powerful serve.
The Australian dismissed another to bring the game home and prolong the battle. Djokovic served for the win at 5-2 and held on in game eight to cruise to the last eight. «Clinical for Novak. There’s just no place to attack him. It will take a Herculean performance from someone to remove it. I don’t see what happensAndy Roddick said.