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‘How I beat this guy’: Nick Kyrgios stunned by Novak Djokovic’s dominant display at Australian Open 2023

FeaturedSports News'How I beat this guy': Nick Kyrgios stunned by Novak Djokovic's dominant display at Australian Open 2023

Novak Djokovic has been in epic form at the ongoing Australian Open, beating Alex de Manor on Monday to book a place in the quarter-finals, where he will face Russian Andrey Rublev. The Serbian star opened his Australian Open campaign with a 6-3 6-4 6-0 first-round victory over Spaniard Roberto Corballes Baina, followed by a second-round victory over Enzo Couacaud at the Rod Laver Arena.

In the third round, Djokovic defeated Grigor Dimitrov 7(9)-6(7) 6-3 6-4. Against Manor on Monday, he was at his devastating best to cruise to a stunning 6-2 6-1 6-2 victory, making him the favorite to easily lift the coveted trophy.

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Such was the intensity behind his display against Menor that even Nick Kyrgios reacted to it on Twitter, writing, “Watching Novak tonight makes me feel good about my tennis in general. How to defeat a man”.

Kyrgios withdrew from the Australian Open with a knee injury, and was scheduled to play his opening match against Roman Cefalin. The Australian revealed that he has a tear and a cyst in his lateral meniscus, which, while not career-threatening, could be on him if he ignores them now and plays the first Grand Slam of the calendar year. Can be affected. He is now ready for arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

The win over De Manor was Djokovic’s 38th in a row on Australian soil and his fewest games in the first major of the year since losing four to Lucas Pouille in the semifinals in 2019. After his win, Djokovic said, “I wanted to win in straight sets. Once on the court, you have to deal with a lot of things… The first four, five games were close and after the break it was more loose. And looked more aggressive. A little 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. “

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