Novak Djokovic gets an impressive milestone, after the win over Prizmic

The Serbian tennis player has written new pages in tennis history, reaching the second round of the Australian Open 2024

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Novak Djokovic gets an impressive milestone, after the win over Prizmic
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Reshaping tennis is now a habit for Novak Djokovic. The Serbian tennis player is making tennis history with each of his victories, breaking new records each time and always reaching impressive goals.

Novak Djokovic's 29th consecutive success at the Australian Open came at the end of a tough match from both a mental and physical point of view. The Serbian champion did not play his best match and committed an unusual number of gratuitous errors, especially with his forehand, but a courageous Dino Prizmic made his life complicated. 

With this victory, as mentioned at the beginning of the article, Nole reached a new milestone, obtaining the 90th victory of his career on the Australian Open hard-courts.

The Serbian champion, in reality, started off on the right foot as evidenced by the break he signed in the first game by commanding the exchange on the backhand diagonal. Down 2-3, Prizmic requested a medical time out due to a problem in his left leg and never picked up a single game in the middle A slight lapse in concentration affected Djokovic's performance in the second set and rekindled the flame in Prizmic's eyes.

With an exceptional passing shot, the Croatian took the lead in the fourth game, but Djokovic made the immediate counter break. The 36-year-old didn't find the right focus in the tie-break and the mini-comeback attempt was interrupted with yet another bad forehand at the net.

The situation remained unchanged in the third, because Djokovic gave up serve twice in a row from the 2-0 betrayed again by the forehand. Despite his efforts, Prizmic did the same and saw the dream vanish at 4-3: the passer on the break point was lost on the net.

In the fourth set, as expected, Prizmic exhausted much of the physical energy available and paid a high price for the 0-4 that materialized in just a few minutes. Djokovic wrote the final word with an important 6-2, (5) 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 gained in four hours. 

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Already on the eve of the Australian Open, Djokovic shared clearly what are his goals. "It's no secret that I clearly say that I want to win every slam I go to. I participate and play. It's no different this year. I just hope I can start the season the way I've started most of my seasons in my career which is with a win here in Australia, in Melbourne. My favorite place, without a doubt. We have an Olympic year. Grand Slams, Olympics, these are the big goals. I'll have to see how it goes here and think about everything else then.

My wrist is fine. I had time from the last match against Alex De Minaur in the United Cup to my first match here to recover. I trained well. Let's see how it goes in the game. De Minaur played great in the United Cup. He entered the top 10 for the first time in his career but it was not a surprise for me. He can do great things. Obviously Lleyton Hewitt by his side as a mentor is good for him," explained the Serbian champion

The other matches

Andrey Rublev saved himself by winning the super tie-break of the fifth set. The Russian almost blew a two-set lead against Thiago Seyboth Wild, but finished 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6(6) .

The Russian started the match badly, but managed to make up for it by scoring two fundamental breaks: the first at 1-3 and the second at 5-5 by taking advantage of his rival's forehand error. In the second set, Rublev quickly gained the 5-1 lead and managed the following games not without problems.

The real problems became apparent starting from the third quarter, because Rublev committed a series of bad errors and put Seyboth Wild back on track by giving up the serve badly. The same happened in the fourth, which raised the alarm ahead of the decisive set.

The Brazilian had the merit of grabbing the tie-break by canceling four match points at 5-6. Down 2-5 in the super tie-break, Rublev showed all his pride and took home eight of the last nine points, bringing the curtain down with a symbolic ace.

It was also a complicated debut for Taylor Fritz, who had to come back from 1-2 down to avoid leaving Melbourne prematurely. The American beat a solid Facundo Diaz Acosta 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Francisco Cerundolo, seeded number 22, and Pavel Kotov won in the fifth set, beating Dane Sweeny and Arthur Rinderknech respectively.

Jannik Sinner instead discovered the name of his next opponent: the qualifier Jesper de Jong won in four sets against Pedro Cachin. Fabian Maroszan won one of the most interesting matches of the day by stopping Marin Cilic with a score of 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, while J.J. Wolf raised the white flag during the fourth set with Sebastian Baez due to a physical problem.

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