Novak Djokovic has qualified for his thirteenth quarterfinal at the Australian Open. Novak did not play to his best level in the first three rounds, as he suffered a hamstring injury and had to call for medical attention.
However, he showed no signs of discomfort against Alex De Minaur at Rod Laver Arena on Monday as Djokovic cruised to a 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 triumph in two hours and six minutes. The Serb played his best game in 2023, staying focused from start to finish to outrun his rival and stay on the title track.
Andy Roddick was delighted with what he saw from Novak, praising the Serb’s game and saying that there is no place for the opponent to attack him when he plays like this. Djokovic got half of the return points and kept de Minaur below the top ten winners.
Novak made six breaks of 12 chances and never had a problem after his first shot. The Serb hit 26 winners and 27 unforced errors and controlled the pace in shorter, late rallies to lose just five games and maintain his title hopes.
Novak got off to a good start, feeling good on the court and dropping five points in his first few games. Alex kept in touch for the first four games before disappearing from the court for good. The Serb broke fast in the sixth game to open a 4-2 lead and secured another 5-2 return game after his opponent’s error to close out the first game on 35 minutes.
With everything going for him, Novak dropped six points in his games in the second set and left the opposition well behind. Djokovic broke De Minaur in games two and four to build a 6-2, 5-0 lead in the blink of an eye and string nine games in a row.
Taylor Fritz comments on Djokovic’s injury
Taylor Fritz recently gave his take on player injuries after the Novak Djokovic injury controversy. «Only my injuries are questioned. When other players get injured, they are the victims, but when it’s me, I’m faking it.»
It’s very interesting. I don’t feel like I have to prove anything to anyone,» Djokovic said. Fritz said: «My opinion is probably nobody cares that 80% of the players are always dealing with something (severity levels differ) but everyone is always honest. a bit beaten up, the media only focuses on the best, so the problems get more attention,» wrote Fritz.