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Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Adrian Mannarino.
This is the 58th time that the Serbian player has reached the quarter-finals in a Grand Slam tournament, equaling the record set by Roger Federer.
Djokovic seeks to extend his record of 25y The player, who won a Grand Slam title, faced difficult tests in the first two rounds of this tournament, losing a set in each, but he found his rhythm in an ominous way as the second week approached.
“The first two groups [were some] “One of the best sets I've played in a while,” the Serbian said afterwards, on the ATP Tour.
As Djokovic raced through the first two sets without losing a game, he appeared to be on his way to a rare hat-trick – which would have been his first at the Australian Open and the first at any major since 1993 – but Mannarino, who could only laugh at End of the second set, finally won a match in the third set.
“I really wanted to lose that match in the third set, because the tension was rising so much on the court,” Djokovic said. “I just needed to get that out of the way so I could refocus on what I needed to do to close out the game.”
He will now face Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals after American player Stefanos Tsitsipas stunned last year's runner-up with a score of 7-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in their fourth-round match.
Fritz, seeded No. 12 in the tournament, had never defeated a top 10 player in a Grand Slam tournament before, but he made only 19 unforced errors and hit 13 aces to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the first time.
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Taylor Fritz has reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the first time ever.
“The last three plays of the game, I really turned it on, almost [I] “He was ecstatic and everything,” Fritz said afterward, according to the tournament’s website.
“I just felt good. I felt like I knew exactly what shot to hit, and the right decision to make on every ball. It's great. It's been a long time since I've felt like this, so it gives me a lot of confidence.”
Meanwhile, compatriot Coco Gauff reached the Australian Open quarter-finals for the first time ever with an impressive 6-1, 6-2 win over Poland's Magdalena Fritsche to win her 11th straight Grand Slam match, a run that includes the US Open title.
She was absolutely dominant throughout the match, hitting 21 winners to Frisch's seven and not facing a single break point.
Coco Gauff had a great performance against Magdalena Frech.
Gauff's increasingly assured performance makes it easy to forget she's still a teenager, and the 19-year-old says she does, too.
“I feel like I've lived a lot of lives over the last four years, and I feel older than 19,” she told reporters afterward. “Yes, I definitely forget my age a lot.”
She became the youngest player to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open since Agnieszka Radwanska in 2008, where she will face Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk.
“Beer enthusiast. Subtly charming alcohol junkie. Wannabe internet buff. Typical pop culture lover.”