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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Djokovic claims another victory

Novak Djokovic overcame a couple of tumbles to the court to get back to the Australian Open quarter-finals, beating number 15 Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3.
The night after Roger Federer was stunned by Greek tyro Stefanos Tsitsipas, there was another sniff of an upset at Rod Laver Arena as 22-year-old Medvedev rocked the Serb with a furious assault of power hitting.
The three-hour, 15-minute struggle saw a series of energy-sapping baseline exchanges, with one point lasting 42 strokes.
Djokovic's next opponent is number eight Kei Nishikori, whose own fourth-rounder was even more gruelling, going to a fifth-set tiebreaker and lasting 5 hours and 5 minutes.
After besting Medvedev, Djokovic joked during an on-court interview that he was ready for the challenge.
"It was definitely a physical battle," Djokovic said.
"It is difficult to go through him and I had to find another way to go through him.
"In this kind of match you just have to hang in there and wait for your opportunities."
"Since I guess my next opponent is watching, I'm feeling fantastic," he said.
"I've never felt fresher in my life."
Djokovic has won six of his 14 Grand Slam titles at Melbourne Park and is into his 10th quarter-final at the hard-court tournament.
However, he exited in the fourth round last year and the second round in 2017.