Novak looking for some momentum in Melbourne

Henry

Novak Djokovic’s road to the third round of the Australian Open did not follow a smooth route.

On Sunday, he conceded a set against 18-year-old Dino Prizmic, while on Wednesday he also chewed hard legs at times against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin.

Still, a champion player knows how to fly over a few speed bumps and just like against Prizmic, Djokovic also walked away with the ultimate laurels against Popyrin.

The final score was 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 and 6-3 in favor of the world’s leading player.

According to Djokovic, the momentum scale swung in his favor again towards the end of the third set.

“Alexei simply missed a forehand. I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary and I was actually lucky to win that point. He was definitely the better player for more than one set,” said the defending champion.

The Serbian dreams of holding up an 11th title at Melbourne Park, but admits that he will have to play better to achieve this goal.

“I will have to improve the quality of my game. I’m still not playing my best tennis at all and I’m still trying to find my feet on the court.”

He also had his hands full in the first two rounds taming his younger opponents – after all, they are hungry for success.

“They have been persuaded to play their best tennis when they step on the main court; in addition, both my opponents were also excellent players. Fortunately, I found a way to win and hopefully now I can build up some momentum.”

He plays in the third round against Argentina’s Tomas Etcheverry.

  • Results:

Men:

Casper Ruud beats Max Purcell 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6 and 7-6

Alexander Zverev beats Lukas Klein 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 and 7-6

Cameron Norrie beat Giulio Zeppieri 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 and 6-4

Novak Djokovic beat Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 and 6-3

Andrey Rublev beat Christopher Eubanks 6-4, 6-4 and 6-4

Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Jordan Thompson 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 and 7-6

Tomas Etcheverry beat Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 and 6-4

Ben Shelton beat Christopher O’Connell 6-4, 6-1, 3-6 and 7-6

Women:

Iga Swiatek beat Danielle Collins 6-4, 3-6 and 6-4

Elina Avanesyan beat Maria Sakkari 6-4 and 6-4

Aryna Sabalenka beat Brenda Fruhvirtova 6-3 and 6-2.