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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic dismantles home favourite Alex De Minaur to reach quarter-finals | Tennis News



Novak Djokovic was firing on all cylinders as he dismantled home favourite Alex De Minaur to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the thirteenth time.

The nine-time champion’s broken left hamstring has dominated dialogue round his possibilities of triumphing once more at Melbourne Park however there have been no indicators of discomfort right here as he stormed to a 6-2 6-1 6-2 victory with a ruthless show.

De Minaur vs Djokovic: Story of the Tape

De Minaur Match Stats Djokovic
3 Aces 4
2 Double Faults 3
52% 1st serve win share 75%
44% 2nd serve win share 67%
0/0 Break factors gained 6/12
5/9 Web factors gained 14/21
9 Whole winners 26
28 Unforced errors 27
59 Whole factors gained 91

Talking on courtroom, the fourth seed stated: “I can’t say ‘I am sorry you have not watched an extended match’. I actually wished to win in straight units. I assumed the primary 4, 5 video games had been fairly shut.

“I began feeling I assume extra free, extra free, to undergo the ball and be extra aggressive. I saved my focus all over and performed one of the best match of this yr to this point.”

On his hamstring, Djokovic stated: “I did not really feel something right now. Right this moment was nice. I thank my medical crew, thank God, anyone that actually helped me.

“I do not need to have a good time too early. I do know issues can change actually rapidly and I do not take something with no consideration. I am actually happy right now with the best way I moved right now and the best way I hit the ball.”

Requested on Eurosport if his efficiency “was perfection on a tennis courtroom?” Djokovic replied: “Shut to.”

Unstoppable Djokovic

That is the fewest video games Novak Djokovic (5) has dropped in an Australian Open match since dropping simply 4 towards Lucas Pouille within the semi-finals of the Australian Open 2019.

It was a really uncomfortable night, although, for De Minaur, the final remaining home singles hope, on Rod Laver Enviornment as he was outplayed in all areas.

Watched by his girlfriend, British participant Katie Boulter, the 23-year-old tried his finest to discover a approach into the competition however, with no large weapons, he was merely unable to damage Djokovic, who broke serve six instances and didn’t face a single break level himself.

A shell-shocked De Minaur stated: “I feel what I skilled right now was most likely Novak very shut to his finest, I might say. To me, if that is the extent, I feel he is positively the man that is going to take the title.”

Djokovic will subsequent tackle fifth seed Andrey Rublev who rallied again from the brink to dump rising star Holger Rune out and e book a second quarter-final at Melbourne Park with a see-saw 6-3 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6 (11-9) win.

In a final-set tiebreak of unrelenting pressure, Rune saved two match factors however was powerless to save the third as Rublev battled again from 5-0 within the 10-point tie-break, sealing the win with a return of serve that clipped the online and popped over, leaving the Dane no likelihood.

“[Tennis is] not a rollercoaster, it is like they put a gun to your head,” Rublev stated on courtroom. “I feel a rollercoaster is loads simpler, man.”

“I by no means in my life was ready to win matches like this, this was the primary time in my life I used to be ready to win a match like this.

American 20-year-old Ben Shelton beat compatriot JJ Wolf 6-7 (7-5) 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in a fourth-round match that lasted almost 4 hours.

Shelton, who remains to be in school, stated: “It is positively a shock. I obtained on the aircraft with no expectations. I do know that it’s extremely laborious to regulate to Australia from the USA simply with the jet lag, time change and every little thing.

“By no means being out of the USA, I knew it could be a wrestle. So I feel it perhaps has helped me a bit bit form of not having that expectation or the sensation that I’ve to carry out, however having the ability to simply go on the market, be myself and play free.”

Tommy Paul, ranked 35, made it three Individuals by to the final eight with a 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-5 victory over Andy Murray’s conqueror Roberto Bautista Agut.

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