Australian Open: Novak Djokovic equals Federer's record, beats Mannarino in three straight sets

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By ETV Bharat English Desk

Published : Jan 21, 2024, 6:38 PM IST

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand return to Adrian Mannarino of France during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships

Novak Djokovic marched into the quarter-final of the Australian Open on Sunday by defeating French opponent Adrian Mannarino in three sets. The Serb star equalled Federer's record of reaching the 58th Grand Slam quarter-final with his victory on Sunday.

Melbourne: Reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic registered a victory over his French opponent Adrian Mannarino on Sunday. The World No.1 tennis star produced a dominant display during his 6-0, 6-0, 6-3 win against the Frenchman in the fourth round of the Australian Open. His victory saw him level Roger Federer's record by reaching a 58th Grand Slam quarter-final.

The 36-year-old was flawless in the first two sets and he didn't allow Adrian to win a single game taking a 2-0 lead. He then won 13 games in a row which made a triple bagel victory possible at one point in time. He was poised to become the first player to claim a 'triple bagel' victory at the Australian Open, but the Frenchman killed the possibility by winning a game.

Mannarino was eyeing a comeback in the game but his hopes were crushed thanks to Djokovic emerging victorious with a 6-3 victory. The Serb Tennis star hit 17 aces in the fixture and had a first-serve win ratio of 81 per cent. Djokovic expressed delight after entering the quarterfinal of the first Grand Slam of the year. "The best sets I've played in a while...the tension was building up so much in the stadium. I needed to get that out of the way and refocus on what I needed to do to finish the match. I served very well. In the moments when I needed to come up with the first serve, I did. All in all, great performance," he concluded.

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