Australian Open 2021: Djokovic goes into third spherical after laborious fought win towards Tiafoe, Sports activities Information
Defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic’s dominance on the Rod Laver Area practically got here to an finish by Frances Tiafoe, however the Serbian ace bounced again to win the thrilling contest by 6-3 6-7(3) 7-6(2) 6-3 win to succeed in the third spherical of the Grand Slam.
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“Very robust match. when the solar was on the courtroom it was very heat. Numerous lengthy rallies,” mentioned Djokovic. “An amazing struggle from Frances, a terrific match on his half.
“Nevertheless it’s not the primary time I have been in that form of scenario, I understand how to deal with one of these circumstance.”
The Serb was fast to win the primary set, however Tiafoe refused to concede and received the subsequent spherical. The American was near safe the subsequent spherical however Djokovic fought laborious to win the set and dominating the ultimate one.
Tiafoe’s struggle reminded a lot of his prolific run through the 2019 Aussie Open, the place the American entered the quarter-finals.
Djokovic will subsequent play one other American, both Taylor Fritz or Reilly Opelka.
Djokovic, who dropped solely six video games in his opening spherical conflict, had by no means performed Tiafoe, however shortly tailored.
The Serbian participant is chasing an 18th Slam crown to shut in on the 20 held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, has received a file eight instances in Melbourne.
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