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Novak Djokovic beats Daniil Medvedev: Australian Open last 16 – since it happened

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Novak Djokovic
Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters


Jacob Steinberg
(now) and
James Piercy
(earlier)

Mon 21 Jan 2019 08.52?EST

First published on Mon 21 Jan 2019 05.25?EST

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  • 8.44am EST
    08:44
    Novak Djokovic beats Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3!


  • 7.57am EST
    07:57
    Novak Djokovic wins the final set 6-2; he leads 6-4, 6-7, 6-2!


  • 7.17am EST
    07:17
    Daniil Medvedev wins the 2nd 7-6 to level the match!


  • 6.08am EST
    06:08
    Djokovic wins the main set 6-4!


  • 5.25am EST
    05:25
    Preamble




11.08am EST
11:08

And here’s Kevin Mitchell’s report from Melbourne

Novak Djokovic sees off Medvedev to build Nishikori battle at Australian Open

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8.52am EST
08:52

That’s all from me today. We’ll return to their office with additional coverage tomorrow, with Rafael Nadal’s quarter-final against Frances Tiafoe the chief event. Nice one for reading. Bye.


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8.50am EST
08:50

It will likely be interesting to check out how Novak Djokovic is feeling and then heavy fall in the third set – but fortunately for him is his quarter-final opponent is Kei Nishikori, who need to be knackered after having a controversial 6-7, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6 wow Pablo Carreno Busta. “Hopefully we shall both be fit for your one,” Djokovic says.


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8.48am EST
08:48

Novak Djokovic applauds Medvedev off after which heads with an on-court interview: “Since my next opponent is watching I find myself fantastic. Ive never felt fresher around my life. Definitely it was an actual battle. Daniil have been playing some fabulous tennis. Big serve, a good backhand, he doesn’t make many errors. It was tough to move through him. I recently were required to locate a different way. I used to be fortunate in order to save a few break points. I had been 0-40, 1-2 while in the third set, so that was a crucial hold.”


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8.44am EST
08:44

Novak Djokovic beats Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3!

Still fuming, Medvedev is serving to stay in the match. He drops the initial point, then lifts a forehand wide for 0-30. Djokovic does not need any encouragement – he earns three match points by using a winning backhand return. He can’t use the first, though, sending a backhand return long. Medvedev saves the 2nd by using a backhand in the open court. Not the last, though. An inside-out forehand from Djokovic is actually good. It’s all over. The bride and groom meet with the net this will let you good-natured chat about an entertaining match.

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8.41am EST
08:41

Fourth set: Djokovic* 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 5-3 Medvedev (*denotes server): Medvedev is beginning to wallop the ball again as well as a huge forehand takes the adventure to deuce. But he flings his racket to the floor after losing our next point. The umpire’s unimpressed. Medvedev nets to the next point and will it really again, which is enough to earn him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.


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8.33am EST
08:33

Fourth set: Djokovic 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 4-3 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Medvedev helps himself for an easy hold. He is not all set to fold yet.


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8.30am EST
08:30

Fourth set: Djokovic* 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 4-2 Medvedev (*denotes server): Just if this appears as if nothing’s happening, Medvedev clambers back from 40-15, volleying well to force deuce. The Russian perks up and earns some slack point. Djokovic repels him using a crisp backhand. He holds, disappointing Medvedev again.


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8.22am EST
08:22

Fourth set: Djokovic 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 3-2 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Medvedev holds as Djokovic’s concentration dips.


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8.19am EST
08:19

Fourth set: Djokovic* 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 3-1 Medvedev (*denotes server): Despite several scratchy shots, Djokovic holds to 30, consolidating the break.

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8.14am EST
08:14

Fourth set: Djokovic 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 2-1 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Djokovic desires to have this done without delay. He carves out an escape point. Medvedev claims a Djokovic shot was long, but he doesn’t look sure. Actually he’s already walking returning to his chair. Maybe he i just want by sitting, because ball caught the queue. Djokovic breaks and Medvedev has needed the physio.


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8.09am EST
08:09

Fourth set: Djokovic* 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 1-1 Medvedev (*denotes server): Djokovic is irritable determination few errors to gift Medvedev a 0-30 lead. He fights back in 30-all, but another error gives Medvedev a chance point. Djokovic raises his intensity and overpowers Medvedev. He holds.


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8.04am EST
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Fourth set: Djokovic 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 0-1 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Medvedev starts in the right manner here, holding to love. Can he regain some energy?


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7.57am EST
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Novak Djokovic wins your third set 6-2; he leads 6-4, 6-7, 6-2!

Djokovic bangs down an ace to earn two set points. He takes the primary using a polished forehand. This reveals the possibility wobble is well and truly over.

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7.54am EST
07:54

Third set: Djokovic 6-4, 6-7, 5-2 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Djokovic, wearing his opponent down, causes it to be 0-15 when Medvedev nets a backhand. He then can make it 0-30 having a vicious forehand. Maybe he should fall over on a regular basis. It seems to dedicate yourself to him. Medvedev ‘s all within the place now, netting a backhand making it 0-40. He saves the primary two break points, but he’s sore at the present time. Djokovic makes him run and extracts whole body, a forehand going long, to break again.


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7.50am EST
07:50

Third set: Djokovic* 6-4, 6-7, 4-2 Medvedev (*denotes server): Djokovic consolidates the break. Medvedev looks weary now.


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7.47am EST
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Third set: Djokovic 6-4, 6-7, 3-2 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Djokovic is grimacing a tad at the outset of the bingo, but he hasn’t requested the trainer yet. He’s trying to show no weakness. You believe into the 2019 final, as he fooled Andy Murray into thinking he was fighting a trauma, and realise Medvedev would need to remain focused here. A double-fault for 15-30 may be a bad sign. At 30-all Djokovic crashes a forehand pass beyond Medvedev for a break point. But when Djokovic nets a backhand slice, he’s doubled over for just a moment or two. Medvedev bangs down an ace, but Djokovic pulls it into deuce and earns another break point with outrageous hitting. Djokovic enters wall mode – and Medvedev flings a forehand wide. If Djokovic is hurting he’s hiding rid of it.


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7.40am EST
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Third set: Djokovic* 6-4, 6-7, 2-2 Medvedev (*denotes server): There’s a worrying moment when Djokovic moves into the net and slips heavily after being wrongfooted by a Medvedev backhand pass. Is he hurt? He returns to his feet, a little gingerly, but when he returns to his chair it is just for any new racket. He looks seriously hacked off. Medvedev realises it is an opening, specially when Djokovic nets a backhand. Djokovic serves wide. Medvedev replies having a surprise squash shot and Djokovic nets forehand for 0-40. Three break points. Crucial moments. Djokovic saves the first two; it would look like Medvedev had him to the first, in order to net a backhand. Your third chance goes begging at the same time, though that’s as a result of Djokovic’s brilliance, a forehand down the road forcing deuce. Djokovic holds in the long run. That could be a big game.

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7.31am EST
07:31

Third set: Djokovic 6-4, 6-7, 1-2 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Djokovic doesn’t look quite right presently. He’s building a great number of silly errors. Medvedev looks to capitalise at 30-all, smacking a forehand to kick the Serb’s defences down. Although the game goes toward deuce. Another slugfest ensues, both men damaging the ball with venomous intent – but it’s Djokovic who blinks first again. Medvedev holds beyond that.


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7.26am EST
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Third set: Djokovic* 6-4, 6-7, 1-1 Medvedev (*denotes server): Djokovic holds to 30.


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7.22am EST
07:22

Third set: Djokovic 6-4, 6-7, 0-1 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Medvedev, remember, was 4-1 down because second set and almost went 5-1 down. It had become some turnaround. But he can’t let his level dip from this guy. He needs keep pummelling those groundstrokes. He finds his serve here and holds to 15.


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7.17am EST
07:17

Daniil Medvedev wins your second 7-6 to level the match!

Second set tie-break: Djokovic* 5-7 Medvedev (*denotes server): Medvedev gathers his thoughts as both players trade hard and flat groundstrokes from the baseline. The rally can last for ever – until, that is definitely, Djokovic nets a forehand! They’re back on level terms!

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7.14am EST
07:14

Second set tie-break: Djokovic 5-6 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Medvedev double-faults!


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7.14am EST
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Second set tie-break: Djokovic 4-6 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Djokovic saves the 2nd that has a superb backhand down the road.


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7.13am EST
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Second set tie-break: Djokovic* 3-6 Medvedev (*denotes server): Djokovic saves the 1st.


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7.13am EST
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Second set tie-break: Djokovic* 2-6 Medvedev (*denotes server): Djokovic dumps a rubbish drop shot into your net. Medvedev has four set points.


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7.12am EST
07:12

Second set tie-break: Djokovic 2-5 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Medvedev overpowers Djokovic which includes a huge forehand.


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7.11am EST
07:11

Second set tie-break: Djokovic 2-4 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Djokovic gets one mini-break back, picking Medvedev off with the net.


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7.11am EST
07:11

Second set tie-break: Djokovic* 1-4 Medvedev (*denotes server): Djokovic double-faults! He challenges the other serve useless – it absolutely was well long.


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7.10am EST
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Second set tie-break: Djokovic* 1-3 Medvedev (*denotes server): Medvedev batters a forehand wide.


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7.09am EST
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Second set tie-break: Djokovic 0-3 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Djokovic sends a backhand long on the move.


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7.08am EST
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Second set tie-break: Djokovic 0-2 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Djokovic pulls an outrageous forehand wide.

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7.08am EST
07:08

Second set tie-break: Djokovic* 0-1 Medvedev (*denotes server): A long rally to get started us off. It’s pretty even – but Medvedev gets lucky whenever a Djokovic backhand clips the top net, giving him the chance whip a forehand later.

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7.06am EST
07:06

Second set: Djokovic 6-4, 6-6 Medvedev* (*denotes server): With Medvedev under time limits again, the game goes toward 30-all. Medvedev finds huge serve for 40-30. However the game goes to deuce when Medvedev definitely makes the strange decision to spend time playing a useless drop shot whilst would have finished it away having a driven forehand. He accocunts for for this through an ace, one challenged incorrectly by Djokovic, who proceeds to deliver a forehand return wide. Tie-break. Intriguing.


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6.59am EST
06:59

Second set: Djokovic* 6-4, 6-5 Medvedev (*denotes server): After the primary two points are shared, an error at a flat Djokovic should make it 15-30. Then comes a draining rally, with Medvedev giving as good as he gets. He’s the first person to go big – but his forehand dips just wide. 30-all. Medvedev nets two or three backhands and Djokovic holds.


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6.54am EST
06:54

Second set: Djokovic 6-4, 5-5 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Serving in which to stay the set, Medvedev runs towards the net to attain a drop shot and scoop a forehand away for 40-15. He holds with a big serve.


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6.50am EST
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Second set: Djokovic* 6-4, 5-4 Medvedev (*denotes server): Looking distinctly unimpressed because of this recent turn of events, Djokovic races right into a 40-0 lead in brusque fashion. He holds to adore. Medvedev faces another test of his nerve now.


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6.48am EST
06:48

Second set: Djokovic 6-4, 4-4 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Djokovic is gripped by the mini slump at the present time, drilling a forehand wide to allow Medvedev hold to enjoy. We have the right duel on our hands now. Three straight games for Medvedev.


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6.45am EST
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Second set: Djokovic* 6-4, 4-3 Medvedev (*denotes server): The game travels to 30-all, a number of rare misses from Djokovic letting in Medvedev, who earns a chance point while he is developed number one while in the next rally. “Come on Medvedev,” shouts someone from the crowd – additionally, the youngster duly obliges. A drop shot battle doesn’t go Djokovic’s way this time around. Djokovic dabs a volley off to the right, but Medvedev scampers back, sets himself and drives a backhand down the line to sneak! Djokovic is furious.

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6.40am EST
06:40

Second set: Djokovic 6-4, 4-2 Medvedev* (*denotes server): At 30-15 Medvedev arises with quite possible the worst drop shot ever, a weird forehand slices that attracts a wince with the crowd. The adventure stays in deuce. Djokovic, toying with his prey, earns some slack point with a delicate drop shot. Medvedev finds his serve in the good time. He saves the break point and holds to prevent his slim hopes alive.

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6.35am EST
06:35

Second set: Djokovic* 6-4, 4-1 Medvedev (*denotes server): Medvedev seems as if a person who’s running out of ideas. Djokovic, meanwhile, is cruising, holding to fifteen with an ace.

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6.33am EST
06:33

Second set: Djokovic 6-4, 3-1 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Medvedev provides a worried look on his face when Djokovic leads 30-40. Is it getting ready to be another epic game? Nope. Djokovic pulls Medvedev right into a grinding baseline rally. It always feels as though a Medvedev error’s on the way – sure enough, the Russian eventually loses patience with wanting to disintegrate the wall and nets a weary forehand.


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6.27am EST
06:27

Second set: Djokovic* 6-4, 2-1 Medvedev (*denotes server): Is Djokovic under-going a bit dip? He double-faults rebuild 15-30. But after all that drama, Djokovic isn’t messing around. He wins the other three points to hold.


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6.23am EST
06:23

Second set: Djokovic 6-4, 1-1 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Many errors are creeping into Medvedev’s game. He basically hands Djokovic a rest point, though he saves it by using a big serve. Djokovic shakes his head. He thinks he ought to have made the return. He earns another chance by using a clever drop shot, but Medvedev saves again. Then a young Russian denies Djokovic using an ace. Djokovic doesn’t reduce speed, though, earning a fourth chance using a searing forehand that clips the baseline. Medvedev stands firm with another fine serve. Djokovic gets break point # 5; Medvedev somehow clings lets start work on some outstanding defence, hanging during the rally before making Djokovic pay on the net. It’s outstanding from both players, but wait, how Medvedev needs to get free from mafia wars safely. Eventually performing, capitalising for a few errors from Djokovic.

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6.11am EST
06:11

Second set: Djokovic* 6-4, 1-0 Medvedev (*denotes server): This Djokovic will provide you with chances, as Medvedev noted prior to when the match, but attractive takes them. It’ll be tough for your young Russian an extra shot because of this, though let’s remember that Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Roger Federer from a set down yesterday. There’s hope yet with the young pretender. But not yet. Djokovic holds to enjoy.


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6.09am EST
06:09

And start I shall hand you to the site my colleague Jacob Steinberg to use you through on the close.


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6.08am EST
06:08

Djokovic wins the very first set 6-4!

Medvedev is standing so wide on his first serve but it initially paid dividends, the angle proving simply too much to your Djokovic return. A lot of the time, anyway, as the Serb ‘s no six-time Aussie Open winner for nothing and the man can change and think quickly. That game management sends it to deuce along with a double fault earned the whole world No1 set point. He sealed it, bursting to your net and picking his spot during the corner. An up-and-down game from both player’s perspective however it is Djokovic who’s first blood.

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6.02am EST
06:02

First set: Medvedev 4-5 *Djokovic (*denotes server)

Medvedev breaks! Well listen. The 22-year-old stumbled on the online around the first point with Djokovic’s drop shot not precise enough as well as the Serb then sent a lob to much time. The Russian again seized the initiative, continuing to move forward to crunch a backhand winner within the T. Abruptly it’s 0-40 although Djokovic saved the 1st, a monster rally, which saw the entire world No1 test his challenger with a few really deep groundstrokes, ended while using Serb picking out the net and Medvedev is very much extremely popular set, as well as the match itself, you’d imagine.

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5.58am EST
05:58

First set: Medvedev* 3-5 Djokovic (*denotes server)

Not one, bit two Medvedev forehand winners! His serve looked solid again and Djokovic could only tee them up to your Russian to smash home a succession of points. Onto you, Novak.


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5.56am EST
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First set: Medvedev 2-5 *Djokovic (*denotes server)

Medvedev initially looked unsettled and a little downcast after being broken but his backhand can be so potent, and his awesome own happy place he can always return to. It keeps him hanging around plus a slightly overhit Djokovic forehand from long-ish rally sends it to deuce. Having said that, Djokovic foxed him which includes a deep slice that he could only send in to the net as well as the slim chance he had of breaking disappeared with another slice from your Serb which he, again, is only able to look for the net. Medvedev is playing uphill as he looked fully accountable for the situation earlier on. That’s exactly what Djokovic can do back to you.

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5.50am EST
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First set: Medvedev* 2-4 Djokovic (*denotes server)

Djokovic breaks! The backhand has been deciding on a weapon from both players but Djokovic’s forehand is warming up. A delighted winner down the road levels the sport at 15-15 then he swallows a 30-15 lead with an increase of concentration on the shot. The earth No1 wins two breaks points for needs one too as Medvedev’s feet a little slow to answering a good return. Big game cell phone . the young Russian.

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5.46am EST
05:46

First set: Medvedev 2-3 *Djokovic (*denotes server)

Bit associated with a mixed bag for the reason that game, including back-to-back Djokovic unforced errors on his backhand, both tamely seeking the net. Maybe Medvedev stood a point in the end. That enabled the Russian to get his first break on the match but following the Serb looked irate at some shouting during the crowd after having a bungled first set when the rope held by trademark defence and attack, getting Medvedev on the move and testing his shot-making. At deuce, more variation, with all the Russian happy to rally from deep and struggling slightly when expected to change pace and direction, then an ace to complete things off. Signs, the two of Medvedev’s enduring threat and Djokovic’s tactics in dampening that threat.


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5.40am EST
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First set: Medvedev* 2-2 Djokovic (*denotes server)

Some fine returns from Djokovic because game, although at 15-0 Medvedev was inches from the pulling off a crazy backhand winner, low to his left. The modern world No1 experienced a glimmer of your break at 15-30 but an ace restored parity. A booming serve and backhand (to become feature) gave him daylight and after that he levelled the set at 2-2 with another ace which zipped at night Serb.

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5.35am EST
05:35

First set: Medvedev 1-2 *Djokovic (*denotes server)

The game was briefly halted to the umpire to change his microphone. The hilarity! Djokovic looked good, though, visiting the world wide web, forcing Medvedev to mix up his shot selection after which you can striking some tidy winners. This really is shaping as much as certainly be a really good match.

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5.33am EST
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First set: Medvedev* 1-1 Djokovic (*denotes server)

The first rally on the match – and also at 35 shots it’ll try taking a little beating – saw Djokovic test exactly how flat Medvedev are able to keep his backhand, the participants barely moving on the centre within the baseline. Pretty flat, as it goes, flat enough to win that little skirmish. Thereafter the Russian ripped over the game, winning person to love. His first serve accurate, solid and befitting of a man standing at 6ft 6in, not really you’d necessarily realize it in terms of how he plays.

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5.30am EST
05:30

First set: Medvedev 0-1 *Djokovic (*denotes server)

Djokovic breezed through the first couple of points but sent an entire forehand, well, wide of Medvedev’s backhand before a real kick of an second serve troubled the Russian and after that set him nicely at 40-15. Fully in control, he sends the 22-year-old scampering about the court before Medvedev stretched to barely reach a forehand which has been low and wide.


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5.27am EST
05:27

This is what Medvedev said about Djokovic during the buildup to that match.

What I can only say is that probably he isn’t playing as he was before. Before, while he was young, I became just watching on morning shows but it only agreed to be something insane as he was playing Andy (Murray) or somebody for five hours and you just couldn’t see one down (level), it had become only up.

It isn’t same now, a person always has more chances to defeat him so in retrospect he’s lost 3 times to ‘next-gen’ players during the last year.

I mean he’s a *a point* however it is still some statement to create give his comparative light CV relating to Slams. Djokovic to supply first.

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5.25am EST
05:25

Preamble

Good morning/evening everyone, wherever that you’re. No Federer, no Zverev, no Cilic, no Anderson and, er, no Murray, only three remain on the men’s best seeds. And Novak Djokovic is one of them because assumes young Russian Daniil Medvedev, element of a clutch of young Russians growing in number.

Djokovic, unsurprisingly, is 2-0 in their head-to-head having beaten Medvedev at Nottingham in 2009 as well as in the Davis Cup, once the Russian claimed the initial set before retiring hurt later from the match. The 22-year-old was mightily impressive in beating David Goffin over the last round in straights (and is also yet dropping a pair inside tournament) although many, including Medvedev (some call), have claimed their are sufficient chinks in Djokovic’s armour to take into account him beatable.

This is already Medvedev’s best performance inside of a grand slam because he has a 14-time major winner and also a victory in Melbourne six times. The gamers take presctiption court and warmup. Start is imminent.

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