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

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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

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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.

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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.

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“[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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