Djokovic endures ailments to reach his 300th Australian Open win
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La Jornada newspaper
Monday, February 15, 2021, p. 4
Melbourne. Novak Djokovic, world primary, withstood his stomach ache to beat Milos Raonic in his 300th Grand Slam triumph and advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open the place he’ll face Alexander Zverev, on a day that shocked with the elimination of Dominic Thiem, three of the world and finalist of 2020, when he fell to Grigor Dimitrov, whereas Simona Halep eradicated Iga Swiatec, present champion of Roland Garros.
Djokovic wore a bandage above his proper hip and winced a number of instances when hitting the ball throughout his three-hour sport towards Canada’s Raonic, fourteenth participant on the earth, at 7-6 (7/4), 4- 6, 6-1 and 6-4, in protection of his title.
Earlier than coming into the courtroom, he nonetheless didn’t know if he was going to play or not, mentioned Djokovic that he’s aiming for a ninth crown on the Australian Open.
He thus managed to meet for the quarters with the German Alexander Zverev, seventh within the rating, who defeated the Serbian Dusan Lajovic (27) by 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) and 6-3.
Nole revealed that the German additionally has bodily issues, we have now a bit the identical damage, solely that in his case it’s on the opposite aspect. We joked, we informed one another that if we had to meet within the quarterfinals we might play with out aces.
At 33, the Belgrade participant gained his 300th Grand Slam match. Solely the Swiss Roger Federer, who has 362, surpasses him.
The absent in these cases would be the monarch of america Open, Dominic Thiem, falling 6-4, 6-Four and 6-Zero towards the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (21).
Dimitrov will face the Russian Aslan Karatsev (114) having a troublesome sport towards the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (19) that was outlined in 3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-Four in his first Grand Slam.
Karatsev is just the third participant to high qualify to go this far in Australia within the skilled period, and the primary since Goran Ivanisevic in 1989. The final man to make it into the highest eight in an enormous sport was Alex Radulescu at Wimbledon 1996.
And it might be vital to return to Patrick McEnroe – John’s brother – in 1991 for the final time a male with such a low rating made his approach into the quarterfinals on the ocean competitors.
For her half, the Romanian Simona Halep (2) suffered to beat the Polish Iga Swiatek (17) 3-6, 6-1 and 6-Four and advance to the quarters the place the American Serena Williams (11) is already ready.
One other categorized, the Japanese Naomi Osaka (3), could have as an opponent the Taiwanese Hsieh Su-Wei (71), who reached this stage for the primary time in a Grand Slam at 35 years previous, by profitable 6-Four and 6- 2 to the Czech Marketa Vondrousova (20).