Djokovic gets grind past Medvedev into quarters

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Jan 2019 12:55:13


 

Melbourne,

Drained Novak Djokovic admitted he “didn't feel so great” after surviving a physical fourth-round examination against 15th seed Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open.
The world number one came through an almost three-and-a-half hour, four-set grind that extended into the early hours of Tuesday morning.


Djokovic dropped a set for the second match running but won 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-3 to set up a quarter-final against Japan's eighth seeded Kei Nishikori on Wednesday.
Serb Djokovic and Russian Medvedev both needed attention from the trainer during an exhausting encounter liberally sprinkled with punishing rallies of 30 shots or more.
“I didn't feel so great, you know, in the last 20 minutes of the match,” Djokovic told reporters.


“So we'll see tomorrow how the body reacts, but I'm confident I can recover and I can be ready for next one,” he said.
"It was just, you know, a little bit of fatigue, a little bit of back. Nothing major. But there are a couple of things that have surfaced," said the 14-time Grand Slam champion.
RAONIC GAINS FROM ZVEREV’S TEMPER LOSS: German fourth seed Alexander Zverev lost the plot against Canadian Milos Raonic, crashing 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (7/5) and demolishing a racquet in a massive pre-quarter final meltdown.
pressure GETS BUSTA: Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta also let the pressure get to him, ranting at the umpire after a disputed call when leading the final tiebreak 8-5 against Japan's Kei Nishikori in the prequarters.


He failed to win another point and was booed as he stormed off Margaret Court Arena, angrily throwing his kit bag after losing a 5hr 5min marathon 6-7 (8/10), 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 7-6 (10/8).


Nishikori will now play six-time champion Djokovic, who dropped a set for the second match in a row before seeing off 15th-seeded Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-3.
"It was definitely a physical battle. It was difficult to get through him," the Serbian world number one said. "In these kinds of matches you just have to hang in there."
POUILLE POSTS A SOLID WIN: Frenchman Lucas Pouille also had a solid round-of-16 win over 11th seed Borna Coric, taking the battle in four sets 6-7 (7-4), 6-4, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).