Novak on course to defend title

Henry

Novak Djokovic is on course to successfully defend his Australian Open crown, while he also has an 11th title in his sights.

The world’s number one player just beat USA’s Taylor Fritz 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 and 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the first Grand Slam adventure of the year.

Djokovic was in the spot with 20 box shots, while he also earned a bunch of points with his first serves.

The match lasted almost four hours, but the 36-year-old Serbian made his voice loud on the court especially in the last two sets.

As usual, Djokovic had nothing but praise for his opponent’s racket-in-hand prowess.

“I think Fritz deserves a pat on the back for his performance; not only today but also in the whole tournament. He now hit very well and thus kept me on the back foot, while I also struggled with the timing of my shots,” said the top-ranked player.

According to Djokovic, he initially struggled to make his mark on the showdown, but in the third and fourth set, everything just fell into place.

“I was able to switch to a higher gear in the third set and that ended up being the difference between winning and losing.”

It was the Serbian’s 33rd win in a row and Melbourne and the finish line of the Australian Open are undoubtedly within his reach.

Italy’s Jannik Sinner or Russia’s Andrey Rublev await him in the semi-final.