The injured thigh holds, the tenth title won in Melbourne is getting closer: Novak Djokovic wins the round of 16 australian open It wasn’t long before local hero Alex de Minaur played against the wall.
The 35-year-old won on Monday night (local time) in around two hours 6:2, 6:1, 6:2 against the clear underdog and is”belowfor the 13th time in the quarter-finals. “I wanted to win the game quickly, you never know what will happen on the pitch. The first games were tight, but then I felt freer“, said the Serb. “I played the best game of the year. Today was the best day of the whole tournament for me.”
Lots of painkillers should help
Unlike the previous two rounds, Djokovic’s thigh seemed to cause much less trouble. “I didn’t feel anything at all, today was great”, Djokovic said immediately after the match. He takes “a lot” painkillers these days, “It’s not ideal, but I had to find a way.”Apparently his leg is now good enough to win the tournament.
Due to Djokovic’s injury and the strong performance of No. 22 seed de Minaur, Australian fans had hoped for a surprise – but that hope was put on the back burner. Arena Rod Laver fast. Djokovic was wide awake from the start, physically fit and superior in almost every way.
Totally Focused: Novak Djokovic
Now it’s against Andrei Rublev
De Minaur lacked the quality for a shot against the tournament favourites, who have just three wins left as of May 22. Grand Slam-Tournament victory is removed. Djokovic would equal record holder Rafael Nadal in the final on January 29. “I don’t want to party too soon, I’m in the middle of a tournament”said the former world number one: “Things can change quickly.”
On Wednesday, Djokovic, undefeated in 25 matches at the Australian Open, will first face Russian Andrei Rublev for the semi-final ticket. The 25-year-old had previously avoided the almost certain end several times in a riveting five-set thriller against young Danish star Holger Rune (19) and scored 6:3, 3:6, 6:3, 4: 6, 7.: 6 (11: 9) won thanks to a lucky net roller on match point.
“It’s not a roller coaster ride, it’s like someone pointing a gun to your head. Riding the roller coaster is easier.”, said Rublev, who felt a lot of pressure and wants to finally win his seventh Grand Slam quarter-final. Also in the last eight were American Ben Shelton, who beat compatriot JJ Wolf, and Tommy Paul, who beat Spaniard Robert Bautista Agut in four sets.
Andreas Mies reaches doubles quarter-finals
In the doubles competition, German specialist Andreas Mies is in the quarter-finals of the atmospheric tennis tournament “Down Under”. The 32-year-old from Cologne and his Australian partner John Peers beat Alex Bolt/Luke Saville (Australia) 6-0, 6-3. In the round of 16, Mies and Peers will meet Marcel Granollers/Horacio Zeballos (Spain/Argentina), who are eighth.
“I’m more than happy with how things have started now”Mies says: “It couldn’t be better for the start. I hope it continues, we want more.” Last year, Mies started with Kevin Krawietz in Melbourne and was knocked out in the round of 16. At the end of 2022, the double announced French Open-Sit their separation. Krawietz will play with Frankfurter Tim Pütz in the future.
Are in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open: Andreas Mies and John Peer.
Czech Linda Fruhvirtova is eliminated
Czech talent Linda Fruhvirtova’s strong streak ended in the round of 16 in the women’s category. The 17-year-old missed becoming the youngest competitor to reach the quarter-finals in 25 years. Fruhvirtova lost 6-2, 6-1, 3-6 to Croatian Donna Vekic on Monday. “It irritates me, but I will have a few more chances here in the next few years. I have definitely shown that I can qualify for the quarter-finals of the Grand Slams”Fruhvirtova said.
Instead of Fruhvirtova, Vekic now faces Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who won her duel with Olympic champion Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7:5, 6:2. Sabalenka comes to her first Major– The triumph draws near once more. The 24-year-old has already played three semi-finals on the big stage, but it wasn’t enough to find out more.
Karolina Pliskova in the semi-finals
Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) and Magda Linette of Poland also face off for a ticket to the semi-finals. The former world number one. In the third round, Garcia defeated the last remaining German athlete in the competition, Laura Siegemund (Metzingen).
#Australian #Open #Djokovic #show #force