Australian Open: Novak Djokovic beats Medvedev to set up last-8 tie vs Nishikori

first_imgNovak Djokovic stayed on course for a sevent Australian Open crown after his nervy win over Daniil Medvedev in the pre-quarterfinals at the Rod Laver Arena on Monday.Djokovic battled past Medvedev 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals where he will face Kei Nishikori, who survived a scare to beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6.Nishikori was extremely wasteful in the early part of the match, which cost him a lot of energy eventually.”Since I guess my opponent is watching, I’m feeling fantastic….I’ve never been fresher in my life!”Always the gamesman, @DjokerNole #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019The 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.What a [email protected] is made to work, but he’s always up for the fight. #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Even after a loss, @DaniilMedwed still has time to crack a joke with his victorious opponent @DjokerNole #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Yet 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.(With inputs from Reuters)advertisementlast_img read more

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