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Australian Open | Djokovic reaches quarterfinals matching Federer’s Grand Slam record

Storm Sanders was Australiaโ€™s hero after she won the first singles rubber before returning for the deciding doubles match alongside 38-year-old Samantha Stosur.

Serbiaโ€™s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his fourth-round match against Franceโ€™s Adrian Mannarino
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Novak Djokovic was ruthless in a 6-0, 6-0, 6-3 win over Adrian Mannarino on January 21, reaching the Australian Open quarterfinals and matching Roger Federer’s all-time Grand Slam record.

In a rare daytime appearance on Rod Laver Arena, the 10-time Australian Open champion hit 31 winners and raced to victory in 1 hour and 44 minutes to progress to the last eight for the 58th time at a major, equaling Federer’s record.

Djokovic has entered the Australian Open quarterfinals for the 14th time, which is equal second on the all-time list with Rafael Nadal and John Newcombe. The difference is that he’s converted most of those quarterfinal runs into titles at Melbourne Park.

He’ll next face No. 12 Taylor Fritz, who reached the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time with a 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, the runner-up last year.

โ€œI think I served well, the whole match, it kept me in it,” said Fritz, after his first victory over a top 10 player at a major. โ€œAnd then at the very end when I really needed it, I feel like I just, I turned it up a level and started playing my absolute best tennis to finish it,โ€ he said.

Djokovic dominates

Djokovic, who labored in his first two rounds, believes he’s starting to hit his stride.

โ€œThe first two sets were some of the best sets Iโ€™ve played in a while,โ€ said Djokovic, who is bidding for a record-extending 25th Grand Slam singles title. โ€œI played great from the first to the last point.โ€

He added, in jest: โ€œI really wanted to lose that game in the third set because the tension was building in the stadium.โ€œ

The 35-year-old Mannarino had gone to five sets in all three of his previous rounds. After missing a break point in the opening game, he almost never threatened Djokovic.

The Frenchman avoided a so-called triple-bagel โ€“ only five Grand Slam matches in the Open era have been won 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 โ€“ but he was only postponing the inevitable.

Djokovic has admitted to feeling unwell in recent rounds but said his health is improving. โ€œLast couple of days have been really good,โ€ he said. โ€œItโ€™s going in a positive direction, health-wise, tennis-wise.โ€

Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff win

Belarusโ€™ Aryna Sabalenka signs autographs for fans after winning her fourth-round match against Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. in the Australian Open on Jan. 21

Belarusโ€™ Aryna Sabalenka signs autographs for fans after winning her fourth-round match against Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. in the Australian Open on Jan. 21
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