Melbourne – An ailing Novak Djokovic stated Saturday each second counted now that he was within the “final stage” of his profession, after battling previous Grigor Dimitrov and into the Australian Open final 16.
The Serb got here by way of a titanic 77-minute first set earlier than taming the Bulgarian 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, 6-4 at Rod Laver Area, needing remedy twice on his troublesome hamstring.
He’ll face dwelling hope Alex de Minaur for a spot within the quarterfinals after the twenty second seed defeated Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi in three units.
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