Novak Djokovic was a man on a mission at the 2011 Australian Open, claiming his second Major crown and igniting one of the most remarkable seasons of the Open Era. In the fourth round, Novak defeated Nicolás Almagro 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in one hour and 44 minutes for his fourth straight Melbourne quarterfinal.
The Serb lost 18 points in 13 service games and saved all three break chances to challenge the opponent on the other side of the net. Nicolás was unable to match those numbers, suffering a break in sets one and two and losing ground in the third to power Novak.
In his only awkward moment of the entire game, Novak received a coaching violation for his words for the first time in his career. Djokovic was not happy with the decision, he said that he should have received some kind of prior warning first and repeated that his coach did not tell him anything.
Novak broke in the fourth game of the first set after Nicolás's forehand error and cemented the lead with an ace in the fifth game. Serving 5-3, the Serb fired an ace to claim the first set in 31 minutes. Djokovic broke 1-1 in the second set and squandered two more break chances at 3-1 to keep the rival within a break deficit.
He does not. 3 in the world landed an ace at 5-4 to close out the set and move closer to the finish line after one hour and 16 minutes. The 2008 champion opened the third set with a break, saved two break chances in the next and brought it home with a huge backhand crosscourt.
Nikolay Davydenko on Novak Djokovic
The interviewer asked Nikolay Davydenko about what he thought about what happened with Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. To this, the former world no. 3 replied, “I don’t understand what he tried to do.
I supported him, but it was him against the whole country, he against the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re number one or whatever, but even before he landed, I had a feeling he wasn’t going to play”.
The Russian player also talked about the unpredictability of Novak. “Sometimes I don’t understand what’s going on in his head. Usually Serbs and Russians have the same mentality, but it seems to me that Novak is sometimes German, sometimes Italian, ha-ha-ha”.
The Russian tennis player had seen the capabilities in the young Serb early on in his career as he knew that he would be doing great.