World No. 7 Alexander Zverev insists he will have to deliver his best tennis if he wants to stand a chance against record eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic when they meet at Melbourne Park. Zverev, seeded at No.
6, overcame Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-4 7-5 (5) 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal against another Serbian tennis player, Djokovic. Djokovic, who was hampered by a side injury during his third round clash against Taylor Fritz, managed to get out on the court on Sunday and beat Milos Raonic in four sets.
Djokovic was taking strong pain killers before the match and it helped him to be able to play against Raonic. "You've got to play your best tennis, especially here. This is his favourite court, this is his favourite tournament.
To be able to have a chance against him, you have to be playing extremely well. You have to be playing aggressive tennis, being the one that dominates. I'm looking forward to the challenge. I think it's one of the toughest challenges in our sport,'' Zverev said, per the ATP website.
Lajovic spoke positively of Zverev
After losing to Zverev, 2020 Monte Carlo Masters runner-up Lajovic acknowledged that Zverev is one of the favorites for the Australian Open title. ''I've got good feelings about the match.
I played some quality tennis today. Obviously on the other side I had the guy who is playing really good & he's probably one of the top guys that stayed in the tournament as a favorite,'' Lajovic said, per Ravi Ubha.
Lajovic made the Australian Open round-of-16 and he is leaving Melbourne happy. “I played some quality tennis today… and I felt really good on the court, [for the] first time in a while," said Lajovic. "I'm positive [about] this tournament. I'm disappointed right now, but [I’m] looking towards [the] future. I think I'm in a good spot”.