Alex de Miñaur could do little or nothing in his round of 16 commitment at the Australian Open. The home player had no choice but to recognize the superiority that Novak Djokovic showed in his match that he won in straight sets and where he barely allowed his opponent five 'games'
"Honestly, I don't think I've played against anyone who had that level of tennis. What I've experienced I have a feeling must be Novak's highest level, or at least I hope so. If he continues this game, I'm clear that will take the title", commented De Miñaur in statements taken up by 'Punto de Break'
"He put constant pressure on me, I couldn't get into the game for a single moment and I couldn't even get a free point on my serve. It's amazing how he's moved around the court and how deep he can play on all his shots. It made it impossible for me to execute my game plan, which was to be aggressive and take time away from him.
It was like he could make me winners from anywhere on the court, there were times when I didn't know what I was doing on the court," added the 23-year-old. De Minaur ruled out having felt that Djokovic was injured: “It didn't seem to me that he was injured.
I certainly, being on the other side of the track, gave me the feeling that he moved perfectly. We've been talking about his left leg for two weeks, but either I'm not a good enough tennis player, or it's perfect after seeing what happened today." Thus ended the participation of the current world number 24 in the Open in his country, with a performance where he did not put up much resistance.
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Nole Djokovic is in great shape
Novak Djokovic booked his spot in the quarterfinals on Monday. “I leave the doubting to those people – let them doubt,” he said.
“Only my injuries are questioned. When some other players are injured, then they are the victims, but when it is me, I am faking it. It is very interesting. I don’t feel that I need to prove anything to anyone. I am not really interested at this point what people are thinking and saying.
It is fun, it is interesting to see how the narrative surrounding me continues, narrative that is different compared to other players that have been going through similar situation," Djokovic said. "But I am used to it, and it just gives me extra strength and motivation. So I thank them for that”.