NOW LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Alex de Minaur

Novak Djokovic faces after impressive performance Alex de Minaur in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. Here you can re-read the match in re-live, here is the match report of the game.

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last edit: 01/23/2023, 11:44 a.m.

Conclusion:

Novak Djokovic is in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. On the way, he clearly won the match against Alex De Minaur with 6:2, 6:1 and 6:2. This result is also absolutely deserved at altitude. After De Minaur found his way into the game at least solidly, a class difference between the two players became increasingly apparent. Djokovic dominated the game as he pleased and, especially with his own serve, didn’t allow anything. De Minaur ended up making too many mistakes and didn’t put his own mark on the game at all. And just reacting against Djokovic is not enough. The Aussie felt it here today.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2-6, 1-6, 2-6

With a winning service, Djokovic puts the cover on this very one-sided game.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2-6, 1-6, 2-5

Djokovic now has the chance to finally close the bag. This time, however, there are two match points and especially with your own service.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2-6, 1-6, 2-5

Alex De Minaur keeps his head above water and recovers his serve. However, the Aussie only won his fifth game today.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2-6, 1-6, 1-5

De Minaur can now counter with the ace and at least fend off the match point here and make his debut.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2-6, 1-6, 1-5

When the score was 30:30, Djokovic brought his opponent to the net with a powerful save and finished with the volley. Less than two hours have been played and now here is the first match point for Novak Djokovic.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2-6, 1-6, 1-5

Alex De Minaur finds no cure for Novak Djokovic’s serve. At the end of the third set, the Australian had not won a single breakball.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2-6, 1-6, 1-4

With the score at 0:30 from Alex De Minaur’s serve point of view, the home crowd had to accept the worst, but the Aussie served much better towards the end and can turn the game in their favour. Again, it probably won’t change much in the end, but the 1:4 is still important for De Minaur.

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 1: 6, 0: 4

Djokovic marches relentlessly towards winning the game. In this case, however, De Minaur again has a lot of action and makes some unnecessary mistakes.

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 1: 6, 0: 3

With the breakball, he needs to get past the second serve and get the return played directly on the backhand. De Minaur makes the mistake there and Djokovic is now in front with two breaks. This should have been the preliminary decision in this unequal duel.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2-6, 1-6, 0-2

It’s obviously not Alex De Minaur’s day. He clearly leads his service game, but then gets a shaky wrist and now threatens to concede the next break.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2-6, 1-6, 0-2

Alex De Minaur even got off to a good start in the second leg and quickly led 30-0. The Aussie can also fight on his debut. It’s not enough for more, Djokovic gets his service game.

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 1: 6, 0: 1

And much to the chagrin of Australian fans, it continues exactly as it left off in the second set. Djokovic dominates the game at will and gets the next break. Well deserved, the Serb walks towards a victory in three sets.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2-6, 1-6

And that’s how! Novak Djokovic closes the sentence and makes it 2-0. Of course, all of this now becomes a daunting task for Alex De Minaur, who has more or less had no luck so far.

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 1: 5

A very important victory for the psyche of the Australian! De Minaur serves again much better and can thus secure his service game. It probably has little relevance for the result of the second set, but winning the game will do De Minaur good.

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 0: 5

And Djokovic makes short work of it here. He finishes his serve in no time and is 5:0 from his point of view.

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 0: 4

And in the end, De Minaur is empty-handed. The Aussie didn’t play the point until the end and eventually made the mistake at 0:4 from his perspective. It was probably the preliminary decision in this second set.

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 0: 3

Cheered on by the hopeful home crowd, De Minaur fights for every point here and is able to debut again and again. So far, however, he has failed to pocket the service game.

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 0: 3

A partial success for De Minaur, who can at least repel the two breakballs, but is lucky that Djokovic makes two slight mistakes.

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 0: 3

Now there could be a preliminary decision in this second set, as Novak Djokovic has the next two break points. It is currently already a class difference between the two actors.

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 0: 3

And as long as Djokovic serves so steadily, it will be very difficult for Alex De Minaur to turn himself into the break. The Australian can only react and trails 0-3 after another forehand error.

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 0: 2

However, this only helped to a limited extent. De Minaur lands a forehand just behind the line and concedes the next breakball, which the Djoker plays confidently this time and gets the next break.

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 0: 1

With a service winner, De Minaur makes his debut and acknowledges it with a strong “Come on”. The spectators immediately jump on the bandwagon and try to push their protege.

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 0: 1

From Alex De Minaur’s point of view, the disaster is taking its course. He just can’t seem to threaten Djokovic from the baseline. There is breakball for the djoker!

A. De Minaur – N. Djokovic 2: 6, 0: 1

With a big winning return, De Minaur can make the crowd cheer for a moment, but in the end he has no real chance of taking his serve from Djokovic. The nine-time defending champion is playing extremely well in this phase!

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2:6

And that was it, the first sentence! Although the return is not optimal, Djokovic immediately takes control of the exchange and it is therefore in the end De Minaur who commits a new error in the forehand.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2:5

Djokovic saves himself on the line with a superb backhand and can really score the point. The Serb now has the ball stopped!

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2:5

Djokovic is the active player in this phase. De Minaur’s only option is to react, but that doesn’t get him very far against such a strong opponent. Djokovic easily made it 5:2.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2:4

And there it happened! Djokovic had patiently waited for the opponent’s weakness phase and then hit ice. With a lot of patience and a powerful backhand, he forces the opponent to make the next mistake.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2:3

De Minaur wobbles here for the first time and the Djoker is there immediately! After a backhand error from the Australian, it’s three break points for the favorite!

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2:3

And this quota will now allow him to pass the next service game. Djokovic doesn’t let De Minaur develop at all and does it confidently 3:2.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2-2

Basically, but especially with his own serve, Novak Djokovic is of course willing to keep points short, also to protect his thighs. A service rate of 85% helps of course.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 2-2

De Minaur does this very well for long periods of time. He fails to beat many winners on the longer rallies against Djokovic, but he makes few mistakes and shows good footwork. So the local hero can make 2:2 here.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 1-2

So far, most points have been decided very quickly and are highly dependent on the quality of service. Alex De Minaur can now win the first longer rally, forcing Djokovic into a backhand error.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 1-2

Djokovic doesn’t seem completely satisfied as the favorite leaves one or the other uncertain. However, the Serb hits very hard and therefore doesn’t let anything burn.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 1-1

De Minaur needs his first serve and for now he can count on that one too. Djokovic doesn’t manage a single return in the entire service game.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 0:1

The Djoker does not make a service error at the start, takes the lead without problem and at zero and thus obtains an optimal start to the game.

A De Minaur – N Djokovic 0-0

Novak Djokovic opens the game and has to work hard for the first point. In the end, the Serb distributed the balls very well and got the 15:0.

It will start soon!

Everything is actually done, but it will still take a few moments. In a few minutes, it should finally start!

Home game for De Minaur

Alex De Minaur wants to prevent this. Like last year, the Australian is in his second week, even if he had a bit of luck. In today’s game the Aussie will be really challenged for the first time, but with his fitness and home advantage there is a case for the hometown hero, who fell short last year in the round of 16 against Jannik Sinner.

Walk through the first week

Even before the start of the tournament, there were concerns in the camp of Novak Djokovic, who suffered a thigh injury and went to the Australian Open beaten. Heavily bandaged, he still played with confidence throughout the week, which was important because, according to his own statement, the injury caused him problems later in games. Of course, the nine-time defending champion would still like to score a clear victory today.

Warm welcome!

Hello and hello to week two of the Australian Open. The men’s round of 16 is scheduled for Monday. At the end of the Australian day, the nine-time champion Novak Djokovic is back in action. He will face Alex De Minaur around 9 a.m.

Novak Djokovic meets Alex de Minaur in Melbourne

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Novak Djokovic meets Alex de Minaur in Melbourne

Surprisingly, the meeting of Djokovic and Minaur will be their very first. Of course, the 35-year-old Serb is the favorite for victory (and the title).

Unless hamstring issues hold up the Australian Open champion’s record. And the local Minaur hero also gained confidence at the start of the year, especially with his first victory against Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic vs de Minaur – here is a live stream

The match between Novak Djokovic and Alex de Minaur will be broadcast live from 9 a.m. on television and live on ServusTV (in Austria) and on Eurosport.

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