Majestic 58: Novak Djokovic Levels Roger Federer in Major Quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic is the second player with 58 Major quarter-finals

by Jovica Ilic
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Majestic 58: Novak Djokovic Levels Roger Federer in Major Quarter-finals
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Novak Djokovic has equaled Roger Federer's remarkable Major record! Novak secured his 58th Major quarter-final, mirroring the achievement of the Swiss maestro and setting his sights on surpassing Roger for the remainder of the season.

Djokovic is participating in his 73rd Major in Melbourne, showcasing his incredible consistency at the most prestigious tennis events. Achieving four wins and advancing to the quarter-final has never been a daunting task for Novak, having missed this accomplishment only 15 times since his debut at the 2005 Australian Open!

The Serb reached all four Major quarter-finals in 2023, closing the gap to the Swiss and matching him at his beloved Australian Open. Judging by his results at Major events, Considering his record in Major events, it's reasonable that Djokovic could secure his 60th quarter-final in either London or New York this year, demonstrating his unwavering determination to challenge his younger rivals and remain a formidable force.

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Novak's inaugural Major quarter-final occurred at the 2006 Roland Garros. Sixteen years later, the Serb star, who will turn 37 in May, continues to be a dominant force in best-of-five duels.

Djokovic started his 19th Australian Open campaign with a minor virus, struggling but beating Dino Prizmic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 in four hours. A teenager played well after the opener, challenging the defending champion and falling on the seventh match point after tremendous resistance.

Novak lost serve four times and clinched eight breaks from 17 chances, breaking the rival's resistance early in the fourth set. Djokovic outplayed the young opponent in the opening set, and Prizmic fought better in the second.

They exchanged breaks in games four and five and reached a tie break. Prizmic clinched it 7-5, gaining a massive boost after leveling the overall score. The third set lasted 70 minutes, and Dino clinched a break at 2-2 after 17 minutes.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are tied on 58 Major quarter-finals.

Novak bounced back with a break in game six, erasing the deficit and moving in front with another return game at 4-3. The Serb closed the ninth game at 30, moving two sets to one in front after three hours.

Dino lost serve two times in a row in the fourth set, propelling Novak 4-0 in front. The Croat pulled one break back in game six and saved four match points on serve in game nine, reducing the gap to 5-4. Novak served for the victory in game ten and seized his seventh match point to make a winning start.

Djokovic experienced another tough challenge in the second round against Alexei Popyrin, earning a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 win in three hours and 11 minutes. Novak could have fallen behind, denying four set points in the third set's tenth game and sealing the deal with a fine performance in the fourth.

Alexei broke Novak two times and experienced three breaks, ending on the losing side despite a great effort.

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Djokovic grabbed a break with a forehand winner in the eighth game and closed the opener with a backhand down the line bullet in the next for 6-3.

Popyrin found his A-game early in the second set, serving well and stealing Djokovic's serve with a volley winner in game four. Alexei led 5-2 and served for the set at 5-3 when Novak pulled the break back at the last moment and prolonged the set.

The Aussie stayed focused and clinched another break in game ten with a crafty lob winner, leveling the overall score and gaining a boost. They served well in the third set, and Novak needed another fine hold at 4-5. The Serb defended four set points, refusing to surrender and producing a massive hold.

The set went into a tie break, and Djokovic clinched it 7-4, moving two sets to one in front after two and a half hours. Novak stole Alexei's serve at love at 3-2 in the fourth set, forging the lead and cementing it with a service winner in the next one for 5-2.

Popyrin faced three match points on serve in game eight, firing five winners and reducing the deficit to 5-3. Djokovic left those chances behind and held at 15 in game nine for a place in the third round. Novak raised his level against Tomas Martin Etcheverry, serving and moving better in a 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 victory.

Djokovic faced no break points in the entire clash, keeping the pressure on the other side and overpowering Etcheverry in sets one and two. Novak earned a break at 3-2 in the opener and closed it with a hold at love at 5-3.

The defending champion placed a forehand return winner in the fourth game of the second set, forging a 3-1 advantage.

Novak Djokovic, Australian Open 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Djokovic grabbed another break in game nine, moving 6-3, 6-3 up after 82 minutes.

Tomas Martin stayed in touch until the tie break in the third set, and Novak landed an ace at 6-2 to emerge at the top and move into the last 16. Djokovic produced his finest performance against Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round, earning a 6-0, 6-0, 6-3 victory for his 58th Major quarter-final.

Like against Etcheverry, Novak never lost serve and pressured a left-hander, who could not deal with it. Djokovic produced a double bagel in 67 minutes and secured another break in the third set to sail over the top, setting the quarter-final clash against Taylor Fritz.

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