Amid severe injury fears, No.1 seed Novak Djokovic reserved his spot at the Australian Open 2021 quarterfinal on Sunday. However, the 33-years-old Serb will now have to conquer one of the youngest players in the men’s tennis world none other than the US Open runner-up Alexander Zverev to reach the semifinal.
World No.1 Djokovic had suffered an injury during the five sets win over American Taylor Fritz. After the third-round match, the 17-time major event champion underwent medical check-up and did not train for Canadian clash.
But now, Novak Djokovic claimed his 300th Grand Slam match victory when he overcame the No.14 seed Milos Raonic in the four sets(7-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4).
“There was no preparation for this match. I used every hour from this last match to recover. If it were any other tournament, other than a Grand Slam, I would have withdrawn. Because it’s a Grand Slam, I still want to do my best,” the eight-time Australian Open champion said in the post-match interview.
Serbian added, “During the match, it was on and off. It’s not ideal. I’m taking it day by day. I cannot complain, I won the match against a great player, and hopefully, it will be better in a couple of days.”
“Zverev Is One Of The Top Men’s Players In The Past Five Years”, says Novak Djokovic
For the ninth semifinal appearance at the Down Under major event, Djokovic will now face No.6 seed and his ATP Tour friend Alexander Zverev on Tuesday.
Speaking about his quarterfinal opponent, Novak Djokovic said, “Sascha and I get along really well off the court. He’s a great guy. We joked yesterday because we have similar injuries. He was saying maybe we will play without serves.”
Earlier this month, Serbian hammered German in three sets during the ATP Cup group stage match.
Djokovic continued, “He’s one of the top men’s players in the past five years. He’s still young, has the experience and has big weapons. He’s got a complete game. We had an exhausting match at the ATP Cup. I’m expecting nothing less than a big battle like we had at the ATP Cup. Let the better player win.”
“It’s Not Going To Be Easy”: Alexander Zverev on Facing Novak Djokovic
Having been defeated by Novak Djokovic in the last four meetings, 2018 ATP Finals champion is hoping for a suitable match at the Australian Open 2021 quarterfinal.
“You try to not focus on it all, but I know who I play, and I know what happened the last time I faced Novak. That is still in the back of my mind. Of course, I want Novak healthy. To me, to go deep in Grand Slams, you have to beat the best players. It’s not going to be easy. I’m hoping for a good match,” World No.7 said.
However, Novak Djokovic leads Alexander Zverev in their head-to-head record 5-2. We hope it will be a good match for both parties.