After what Alex said about me, I don’t have a relationship with him, says Novak Djokovic.

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On Monday at Rod Laver Arena, Novak Djokovic was particularly driven to play his best game against Alex de Minaur. A crushing 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 victory by a nine-time Australian Open champion left the Australian well behind. After the game, Novak talked about his relationship with Alex and said that it is hardly there at all following what the Australian said about him a year earlier!

De Minaur was not happy with Djokovic‘s visa drama from Melbourne a year before, claiming it diverted attention away from the competitors. Because of that, Novak intended to defeat Alex decisively in front of his supporters.

Djokovic was the only player on the court playing without any left leg problems, doing everything well, and applying steady pressure to the opposing side. De Minaur is far from that speed and is having difficulty forcing his strokes and forcing the opponent out of his comfort zone.

From 12 possibilities, Novak used half of the return points to create six breaks. The Serb controlled his strokes well and increased his lead in both the shorter rallies and the longer rallies by hitting 26 winners and 27 unforced errors.

After a solid start, Djokovic lost five points in his first game. He finished the opening set in 35 minutes by breaking for the first time at 3-2, stealing Alex’s serve at love, and producing another return game at 5-2. In the second set, Novak pushed even harder on the return, breaking the opponent twice to go 5-0 ahead and get that much closer to a bagel.

The Australian held in game six to stop the Serb’s decline, at least temporarily, after he had won nine straight games.

At Rod Laver Arena, Novak Djokovic defeated Alex de Minaur with ease.

In the following game, Novak scored with a backhand crosscourt shot to win 6-2, 6-1 in just 75 seconds!

In the third set, Djokovic quickly took control of the match by jumping out to a 4-0 lead over the helpless foe. In game five, Alex held on to escape a bagel and wished for at least a few chances on the return.

Instead, Djokovic secured another easy hold to extend his lead to 5-1 and compel his opponent to serve in order to continue the match. In game seven, Alex saved a match point with a strong serve after Novak had produced one with a volley winner.

Another shot was fired by the Australian to win the match and cut the deficit. In order to advance to the round of eight and provide a strong message to de Minaur, Djokovic served for the victory at 5-2 and held. “I’m not close to Alex in any way.

Like I respect everyone, I respect him as a competitor and a coworker. I don’t mind getting in touch with him to offer my congratulations. I don’t, however, interact or communicate with him in any other way. He revealed his feelings for me a year ago, “said Novak Djokovic.