Novak Djokovic Beats Grigor Dimitrov To Reach Last 16

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Novak Djokovic Beats Grigor Dimitrov To Reach Last 16

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic was better than Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and reached the round of 16 of the Australian Open, and after the match he said that he was not sure of his triumph until the end and that he had a great fight with his opponent.

The match lasted a little over three hours, and at the end it was 3:0 for Djokovic, in sets 7:6, 6:3, 6:4.

After the match, he thanked initially for the great atmosphere that was created. "I went up and down with my leg, at times it was feeling good and at times not so good, so I had to handle that," Djokovic told Eurosport after the victory.

"Also Grigor is in form, played well for over three hours and three sets, I can't even imagine if I'd lost one of those sets what the length of the match [would have been]. [I was] just fortunate to find the right shots in the right moments, I thought the double break in the third would be enough but from that moment he was locked in, he didn't miss much, he made me play, made me run all over the place, he read my serves very well, so it was just an incredible battle in the end."

Djokovic received a medical timeout at the end of the first set

"It's movement," he clarified about the injury.

"A specific movement that just triggers so I prayed that it doesn't happen, but it happened in the match so I had to deal with it, I had to call the physio and get the pills in my system and it helps so far. Not ideal but somehow finding a way.

This is high-level professional tennis and you've got to find a way."

He also talked about what makes him feel special playing at the Australian Open.

"Obviously every season counts now probably when you come to the last stage, last quarter of your career.

Obviously you start appreciating and valuing every tournament more, because you know you might not have many left in the tank. I’ve been very fortunate to do what I love, I truly love this sport, I love competing. It’s now been 20 years of professional sport and I can’t be more grateful than I am." said Djokovic.

In the round of 16, Djokovic will play against Australian Alex De Minaur (24th ATP), who was better today than Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi (48th ATP).