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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic gets past Daniil Medvedev to reach quarters

Djokovic has won six of his 14 Grand Slam titles at Melbourne Park and is into his 10th quarterfinal at the hard-court tournament.  

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Melbourne Published on: January 21, 2019 20:16 IST
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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic gets past Daniil Medvedev to reach quarters

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic overcame a couple of tumbles to the court and a series of energy-sapping baseline exchanges — one point lasted 42 strokes! — to get back to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time since 2016 by beating No. 15 Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3.

Djokovic has won six of his 14 Grand Slam titles at Melbourne Park and is into his 10th quarterfinal at the hard-court tournament.

But he exited in the fourth round last year and the second round in 2017.

After edging Medvedev in a 3-hour, 15-minute struggle, Djokovic joked during an on-court interview: "Since I guess my next opponent is watching, I'm feeling fantastic. I've never felt fresher in my life."

His next opponent is No. 8 Kei Nishikori, whose own fourth-rounder was even more grueling, going to a fifth-set tiebreaker and lasting 5 hours, 5 minutes.

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