The Serbian player was able to overcome any fears that he might still be suffering with the abdominal pain which got him worried during his victory over Taylor Fritz, making the famous Raonic 7-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in just within 3 hours.
Djokovic had said, mentally, he had to accept that he did come into the match knowing fully well that he’ll probably feel pain all the way through, and that was the case. “But the intensity of the pain could still be withstood, so I could actually play and it was kind of going on and off a little bit during the match, the Serb player told reporters according to CNN.
“But I somehow managed to find a way and win and that’s what matters the most. Now I’ve got another 40 hours or something like that until the next match, which is great about grand slams.
“The medical team told me that it is a gamble while I’m on the court. It could cause much more damage, but it could go in a good direction. I won’t know until I stop taking pain killers, they kind of hide what is really happening. I will take the time off afterwards.”
Roger Federer has been the only man to have reached the 300 win mark at grand slams, maintaining the first position with a glaring large mark of 362. Rafael Nadal,285, is currently the third.
This is the 12th time in the past 14 years that Djokovic has gotten to the Australian Open quarterfinals and up next in the challenge for the eight-time Serbian champion is against Germany’s Alex Zverev.
Third seed Dominic Thiem who surprisingly lost on Friday, went down with a crying aloud in straight sets to Grigor Dimitrov.
The Austrian, who had won his 1st grand slam title at 2020 US Open, had retaliated from two sets down against home favorite Nick Kyrgios on Friday, but seems as though that five-set epic had made him weak, physically and mentally.
Dimitrov will face Russia’s Aslan Karatsev, an astonishing quarterfinalist, for a place in the semi-finals.