Novak Djokovic becomes just second man in history to score 300 Grand Slam wins


The Serb allayed any fears he might still suffer from the abdominal injury that plagued him in his win over Taylor Fritz, sending the big blow Raonic 7-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in just under three. hours.

“Mentally, I think you have to accept that I came into the game knowing that I will probably feel pain throughout, which I did,” Djokovic told reporters after the victory. “But the pain level was bearable so I could really play and it was going a bit during the game.

“But I managed to find a way and win and that’s what matters most. Now I still have 40 hours or something until the next game, which is great for the Grand Slam .

“The medical team told me it was a bet while I’m on the pitch. It could cause a lot more damage, but it could be a step in the right direction. I won’t know until I stop. to take pain relievers. hide what’s really going on. I’ll take time off afterwards. “

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Novak Djokovic has won 300 career Grand Slam victories.

Roger Federer is the only man to have previously reached the 300 Grand Slam tournament wins, sitting far ahead with 362. Rafael Nadal is third at 285.

This is the 12th time in the past 14 years that Djokovic has reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and the next eight-time champion is Germany’s Alex Zverev.

Third seed Dominic Thiem was a surprise loser on Friday, falling with a straight set moan to Grigor Dimitrov. The Austrian, who won his first Grand Slam title at last year’s US Open, hit back after two sets against home favorite Nick Kyrgios on Friday, but it looked like that five-set epic had him physically and mentally exhausted.

Dimitrov will face Russian Aslan Karatsev, surprise quarter-final, for a place in the last four.

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