In the fourth round of the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic finally performed at his peak after battling a hamstring ailment. In two hours and six minutes, Novak defeated Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 to advance to his 13th Australian Open quarterfinal.
Tim Henman praised Djokovic‘s performance and expressed his admiration for his shotmaking skills as well as his seventh and eighth gears. The Briton backs the Serb to pursue his eleventh Australian Open victory and identifies him as the tournament’s top favorite.
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 was playing at a much slower tempo and was having difficulty getting his competitor out of his comfort zone with his strokes.
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 closed the first game in 35 minutes after snatching his first break at love at 3-2 and another 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 won game six to prevent a catastrophe after the Serb won nine straight games.
At Rod Laver Arena, Novak Djokovic defeated Alex de Minaur with ease.
In the following game, Novak blasted a backhand crosscourt winner to win 6-2, 6-1 and move quickly into the finish line.
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 escaped a bagel by holding at deuce and serving to even the score at 1-5. 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 keep his title chances alive, Djokovic held his serve for the victory at 5-2. “It served as a performance and triumph message for me.
There have been numerous surprises in both the men’s and women’s singles competitions. First time in the Open’s history that the top two seeds have lost, and Novak is unquestionably the favorite. There have been concerns, particularly with regard to his leg and his physique.
It wasn’t for want of trying; de Minaur gave it his best from the first shot to the last, but Djokovic was just too talented to lose in front of his home fans against de Minaur. Prior to the quarterfinal matchups, Novak must be considered the favorite.
Most people talk about five or six gears, but because Djokovic grabs the ball so early, he’s thinking about seven or eight. Even though he might not be the greatest hitter, de Minaur is one of the fastest players around, so you have to work for your points if you want to beat him.
However, Novak’s groundstrokes looked as though they were being practiced. He will enter the quarterfinal with a lot of confidence “said Tim Henman.