Novak Djokovic came back to normal on the eve of the quarterfinals. Moreover, in a segment of draw that has remained mostly orphaned of real obstacles, if only with completely stopped bowls. After living with the ghosts of the thigh problem between the first and third rounds, the Serbian phenomenon gets rid of Alex de Minaur with a gigantic performance.
The nine-time champion of the tournament does not allow break points during the scarce two hours of play that he manages in an extraordinary way both in the setting phase and with the serve available. Needless to say, in addition to the six breaks that he spreads in a surgical way, with the joke he leaves just sixteen points on the street.
Djokovic seals the success on 6-2 6-1 6-2 and he collects a new avalanche of records as per the logic of things. In addition to guaranteeing the quarterfinal challenge with Andrey Rublev, who wins an absolutely crazy match against Holger Rune.
The Russian not only makes up for a 2-5 disadvantage during the fifth set, but cancels two match points at 5-6 and above all makes up for a 0-5 delay in the super tie break. In the lower part of the draw, which has been completely orphaned of seeded players, Ben Shelton and Tommy Paul will incredibly contend for a place in the semifinals.
Obviously both for the first time, both presumably already at the gates of a perhaps unrepeatable goal. In short: the defending champion reaches the thirteenth quarter-final of his career at the Australian Open in nineteen appearances.
He draws with Jack Crawford and Arian Quist, he puts himself behind Rafa Nadal and John Newcombe, 14, but above all he takes a big step forward towards Roger Federer, stopped at 15. Djokovic equalizes the count of consecutive successes in the downunder Slam he had accumulated between 2011 and 2014.
Specifically from the first round against Marcel Granollers to the quarterfinals against Stan Wawrinka. To recover from a defeat by Djokovic at the Australian Open, therefore, you need to dust off the Chung archives and the 2018 round of 16.
As that wasn't enough, the phenomenon also extends the streak of consecutive successes in Australia to 37 and launches himself in an overbearing way towards the conquest of the twenty-second pearl Grand Slam.
Below the match point vs Djokovic and De Minaur
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Novak Djokovic doing Novak Djokovic things at Melbourne Park!