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Novak Djokovic overcomes fit of rage to defeat Alexander Zverev at Australian Open

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But Djokovic eventually found the breakthrough after missing out on his first match point on Zverev’s serve before making no mistake on his second opportunity.

He said: “With this kind of condition, I need time to warm up. Even though I had alost hour of a warm-up hit before the match, it still felt it was going to take some time to warm-up and feel I could rotate in the right way.

I was lucky to get that break in the tenth game when he was serving for the fist tem.

It was a close tiebreak. After that I felt I started moving better, playing better. I served extremely well. Down to the very last shot, it was anybody’s game, anybody’s match.

A lot of nerves out there. A lot of pressure. Emotionally I feel a little bit drained. It was a great battle. Congratulations to Sascha. We pushed each other to the limit.”

There was a sigh of relief from Djokovic as he walked to the net to embrace his opponent and will now get ready to face Aslan Karatsev in the semi-finals.



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