In the fourth round of the men’s singles match, the semi-finalist of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was at stake, and Djokovic made his mark despite playing with his left thigh tightly bound.
The fourth seed was unstoppable against the home favourite Alex de Minaur won 6-2 6-1 6-2.
After his “best game of the year so far” he will face Russia Andrei Rublev in the quarterfinals, aiming for a record 10p Australian Open men’s singles title.
Number six in the world – seeded fifth in Melbourne – should pose a tough challenge for Djokovic. Rublev defeated Holger Rune 6-3 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6[11-9].
Sebastian Korda leads the American charge after seeing 10p seed Hubert Hurkaza, as he tries to imitate his father Petr, who won the Australian Open in 1998.
The 22-year-old comes from a sports family. His mother Regina (from home Rajchrtowa) is a former tennis player ranked number 26 in the world where he competed Seoul 1988 and his two sisters Jessica and reigning Olympic champion Nelly play the LPGA.
Next up will be Korda Karen Khachanov for a shot in the semi-final. The last time the two met was in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2021, where Khachanov defeated the American and advanced to the quarterfinals.
It’s also worth keeping an eye on Ben Shelton, whose dream streak continues at the Open. The 20-year-old American is only playing in his second major after making his debut at the 2022 US Open with a wild card.
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Another winner of the thriller with five sets in the fourth round was Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The third seed – who went into the first quarter without dropping a set – faced his biggest test yet Jannik Sinner (winning 6-4 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-3) and then takes Jiri Leheck as he aims for a third straight Australian Open semi-final appearance.
Magda Linette she needed something special to get to her first headquarters.
The Polish star shocked the French star Carolina Garcia 7-6(7-3) 6-4 and will play in his first Grand Slam quarterfinals at age 30.
Next up for Linette after upsetting the fourth seed will be Carolina PliskowaCzech former number one in the world.
The second surprise winner of the women’s singles fourth round was Aryna Sabalenka who stopped the Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.
The fifth-seeded Swiss, who has yet to lose a set in her first seven matches in 2023, is set to date Croatia’s Donna Vekic for a spot in the semi-finals.
Another interesting matchup in the quarterfinals will be Jessica Pegula against Victoria Azarenka.
American star Pegula, who is on an eight-fight winning streak, is one of the favorites to win the Australian Open.