Djokovic Through After Beating Medvedev In Four Set
World number one Novak Djokovic reached the Australian Open quarter-finals for the first time since 2016 with a hard-fought win over Daniil Medvedev.
The 31-year-old Serb earned a 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-3 victory over the 15th seed in Melbourne.
Djokovic was not at his fluent best, but outlasted Medvedev to win in three hours and 15 minutes.
Russia’s Medvedev, 22, grew frustrated as he paid the price for only taking two of nine break points.
Medvedev’s resistance continued until the end, saving two match points before Djokovic took the third with a wonderful cross-court winner.
Six-time champion Djokovic will play Kei Nishikori in the last eight after the Japanese eighth seed beat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in controversial circumstances in a five-hour match decided by a super tie-break.
Another triumph for the top seed at Melbourne Park will see him move ahead of Australian great Roy Emerson and Roger Federer, who was knocked out by Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday, in terms of all-time victories.