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 13th time.

The nine-time champion’s damaged left hamstring has dominated discussion around his chances of triumphing again at Melbourne Park but there were no signs of discomfort here as he stormed to a 6-2 6-1 6-2 victory with a ruthless display.

De Minaur vs Djokovic: Tale of the Tape

De Minaur Match Stats Djokovic
3 Aces 4
2 Double Faults 3
52% 1st serve win percentage 75%
44% 2nd serve win percentage 67%
0/0 Break points won 6/12
5/9 Net points won 14/21
9 Total winners 26
28 Unforced errors 27
59 Total points won 91

It was a very uncomfortable evening, though, for De Minaur, the last remaining home singles hope, on Rod Laver Arena as he was outplayed in all areas.

Unstoppable Djokovic



This is the fewest games Novak Djokovic (5) has dropped in an Australian Open match since dropping just four against Lucas Pouille in the semi-finals of the Australian Open 2019.


Andrey Rublev rallied back from the brink to dump rising star Holger Rune out and 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 tension, Rune saved two match points but was powerless to save the third as Rublev battleed back from 5-0 in the 10-point tie-break, sealing the win with a return of serve that clipped the net and popped over, leaving the Dane no chance.


“[Tennis is] not a rollercoaster, it’s like they put a gun to your head,” Rublev said on court. “I think a rollercoaster is a lot easier, man.”

“I never in my life was able to win matches like this, this was the first time in my life I was able 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 nearly four hours.

“I thought I did a really good job of competing at the highest level in the fifth set. Always tough playing a friend. I’ve known JJ a while,” said Shelton, who did not have his serve broken.

“I was able to pace myself emotionally. Six months ago I wouldn’t have been able to finish this match.”


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