Novak marches on in Melbourne

Henry

Novak Djokovic is just three games away from an 11th Australian Open title after he swept Adrian Mannarino off the court in the fourth round of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament.

The final score was 6-0, 6-0 and 6-3 in favor of the Serbian.

“The first two sets were some of the best tennis I’ve played in a long time,” Djokovic said after the showdown.

He won 13 pots in a row before the Frenchman could finally (sort of) find his feet.

Thanks to the resounding victory, the 36-year-old player will now play in a Grand Slam quarter-final for the 58th time in his career; an achievement he shares with Roger Federer.

He will cross rackets against Taylor Fritz on Wednesday in one of the quarter-finals.

19-year-old too strong for top seed

In the women’s division, 19-year-old Linda Noskova caused a stir when she eliminated the top-seeded Iga Swiatek 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4.

The defeat means that the Pole will now have to wait even longer to hold up the silverware in Melbourne.

“After the first set, I thought I had things under control, until she won my knockdown in the second set. Granted, I had a few opportunities to fight back, but I let it slip through my fingers. It’s a shame,” Swiatek said.

This is only the second time in the 22-year-old world number one player’s career that she has played against a younger player.

  • Results:

Men:

Taylor Fritz beats Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 and 6-3

Novak Djokovic beats Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 6-0 and 6-3

Alexander Zvererv beat Alex Michelsen 6-2, 7-6 and 6-2

Daniil Medvedev beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-4 and 6-3

Cameron Norrie beat Casper Ruud 6-4, 7-6, 6-4 and 6-3

Women:

Aryna Sabalenka beat Amanda Anisimova 6-3 and 6-2

Coco Gauff beat Magdalena Frech 6-1 and 6-2

Linda Noskova beat Iga Swiatek 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4

Elina Svitolina beat Viktorija Golubic 6-2 and 6-3