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Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic passes Medvedev test to make Melbourne last-eight

The world number one will continue his bid for a hat-trick of Grand Slam titles and a record seventh at Melbourne Park against eighth seed Kei Nishikori.

tennis Updated: Jan 21, 2019 19:31 IST
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic is congratulated by Russia's Daniil Medvedev
Serbia's Novak Djokovic is congratulated by Russia's Daniil Medvedev(AP)
         

Novak Djokovic struck back for the old guard at the Australian Open on Monday, soaking up the pressure from a willing Daniil Medvedev before crushing the young Russian 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2 6-3 to reach his 10th quarter-final at Melbourne Park.

The night after Roger Federer was stunned by Greek tyro Stefanos Tsitsipas, there was another sniff of an upset at Rod Laver Arena as 22-year-old Medvedev rocked the Serb with a furious assault of power hitting.

Yet the Russian wearied in the constant attrition, and top seed Djokovic cruised to victory, having passed easily his biggest test at the tournament.

The world number one will continue his bid for a hat-trick of Grand Slam titles and a record seventh at Melbourne Park against eighth seed Kei Nishikori.

First Published: Jan 21, 2019 19:29 IST

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