Australian Open: Djokovic with a show of strength

Status: 01/23/2023 12:19 PM

Holding on to injured thigh, 10th title win in Melbourne draws near: Novak Djokovic wins round of 16. Australian Open Championship It didn’t take long and local hero Alex de Minaur played against the wall.

The 35-year-old prevailed on Monday night (local time) in about two hours 6:2, 6:1, 6:2 against the obvious outsider who is “DownFor the thirteenth time in the quarter-finals. “I wanted to win the game quickly, you never know what’s going to happen on the field. The first few games were tight, but after that I felt freer.”said the Serb. “I played the best match of the year. Today was the best day of the whole tournament for me.”

Lots of painkillers should help

In contrast to the previous two rounds, Djokovic’s groin seemed to cause far fewer problems. “I didn’t feel anything at all, today was amazing”said Djokovic immediately after the match. Takes “Many” painkillers these days, “It’s not perfect, but I had to find a way.”It looks like his leg is now good enough to win the championship.

Due to Djokovic’s injury and 22nd-ranked De Minaur’s strong performance, Australian fans had been hoping for an upset – but that hope was dashed. Rod Laver Stadium Quickly. Djokovic was alert from the start, physically fit and superior in almost every respect.

Full focus: Novak Djokovic

Now it is against Andrei Rublev

De Minaur lacked the quality to turn around against the tournament favourites, who had just three wins left from May 22. Grand Slam-Tournament wins are removed. Djokovic will meet record holder Rafael Nadal in the final on January 29. “I don’t want to celebrate too early, I’m in the middle of the tournament”The world number one said: “Things can change quickly.”

And on Wednesday, Djokovic, who has not lost in 25 matches at the Australian Open, will first face Russia’s Andrei Rublev for a ticket to the semi-finals. The 25-year-old had previously avoided an almost certain finish several times in a five-set thriller against Danish young star Holger Rohn (19) scoring 6:3, 3:6, 6:3, 4:6, 7:6. (11:9) He won thanks to a lucky netball at match point.

“It’s not a rollercoaster ride, it’s like someone putting a gun to your head. It’s easier to ride a roller coaster.”said Rublev, who was feeling a lot of pressure and who wants to finally win his seventh quarter-final at a Grand Slam. Also in the quarter-finals were American Ben Shelton, who defeated compatriot JJ Wolfe, and Tommy Paul, who defeated Spaniard Robert Bautista Agut in four sets.

Andreas Mies reaches the doubles quarter-finals

In the doubles competition, Germany’s Andreas Mies qualified in the quarter-finals of the “Down Under” tennis tournament. The 32-year-old from Cologne and his Australian partner John Pearce beat Alex Bolt / Luke Saville (Australia) 6-0, 6-3. In the quarter-finals, Mays and Pierce will meet Marcel Granollers / Horacio Zeballos (Spain / Argentina), who is ranked eighth.

“I’m more than happy with how things are starting now.”Mays said: “The start couldn’t be better. Hopefully it keeps going, we want more.” Last year, Mays started with Kevin Krawietz in Melbourne and was knocked out in the last 16. At the end of 2022, he announced twice French Open Championship– They will be separated. Krawietz will play for Frankfurter Tim Pütz in the future.

In the quarter-finals of the Australian Open: Andreas Mies and John Bear.

Czech Linda Fruhvirtova was eliminated

The strong race for Czech talent Linda Frohvertova ended in the round of 16 in the women’s category. The 17-year-old missed out on becoming the youngest competitor to reach the quarter-finals in 25 years. Frohvitova lost 6-2 6-1 3-6 to Croatia’s Donna Vekic on Monday. “It bothers me, but I’m going to get more opportunities here in the next few years. I’ve definitely shown that I can reach a Grand Slam quarter-final.”Fruhvirtova said.

Instead of Fruhvirtova, Vekic now faces Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus, who won a duel with Olympic champion Belinda Bencic from Switzerland 7: 5, 6: 2. Sabalenka comes to her first position – rankVictory is approaching again. The 24-year-old has already played three semi-final matches on the big stage, but that wasn’t enough for more.

Karolina Pliskova in the semi-finals

Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) and Magda Linette from Poland also compete for a ticket to the semi-finals. Ex world no. In the third round, Garcia defeated the last remaining German athlete in the competition, Laura Siegmund (Metzingen).

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