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Flawless Djokovic beats De Manor to reach Australian Open quarter-finals

FeaturedSports NewsFlawless Djokovic beats De Manor to reach Australian Open quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic beat local hopeful Alex de Manor 6-2 6-1 6-2 on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and make a statement in his quest for a 10th Grand Slam title. Won who is only at risk. From a hamstring problem.

It was Djokovic’s 38th consecutive win on Australian soil and the fewest games he has dropped in the first major of the year since losing four to Lucas Pouille in the semifinals in 2019.

Asked after the match why he beat De Manor the way he did, Djokovic replied: “Because I wanted to.”

Djokovic drew first blood after a suffocating start to the match when De Manor smashed a forehand into the net to allow the fourth seed to go 4-2 up as the Serbian consolidated the break and claimed the first set. attacked again to

Having never lost at Melbourne Park since the fourth round in 2018, the 35-year-old de Manor was in no mood to take a chance on Rod Laver Arena, as he came out of the blocks and dominated his opponent with blistering shots. What did on both wings.

“I can’t say I’m sorry you didn’t see the long match,” Djokovic told fans.

“I wanted to win in straight sets. Once on court, you have to deal with a lot of things… The first four, five games were close and after the break I started to feel looser and more aggressive.

“He was a bit more nervous and that was my chance to take advantage. Tennis is a fast, dynamic game, so things change in moments, but I was able to play my best match of the year.”

Djokovic also said it was the first time he had not had any problems with his hamstring in the tournament.

“I’m taking a lot of pills to cover up the pain, not that kind of pills, boys,” he said with a laugh. “Anti-inflammatory… I don’t want to get too deep into it, but today was the best day of the tournament.”

Down two sets to love and having a scare in the final two rounds, with his heavily strained hamstring cooperating, Djokovic went on to take the first four games of the third and set himself up for fifth seed Andre Robles next. Finished in style for

“He’s an established top-five player,” added Djokovic.

“He’s got incredible firepower with his serve and forehand, explosive — a lot like De Manor — so hopefully that’s the result.”

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