Novak Djokovic overcomes third-set blip to overcome spirited Denis Shapovalov
Novak Djokovic is safely into the fourth round of the Australian Open after overcoming a third-set blip to beat Denis Shapovalov.
The world number one looked to be cruising two sets and 4-1 up in the third, but Canadian NextGen star Shapovalov was in no mood to lie down and roared back to claim the set.
However, all it did was delay the inevitable, with a freshly angered Djokovic simply too good after the wake-up call.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019
The Serbian star quickly broke Shapovalov’s momentum in the fourth set before easing to a 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win.
Djokovic now moves on to face Russian 15th seed Daniil Medvedev in round four as he chases a third successive Grand Slam title following his success at WImbledon and the US Open last year.
More from Tennis365:
Stefanos Tsitsipas impresses in Rotterdam to set up Karen Khachanov clash
Australian Open semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas retained his hopes of a first ATP 500 title by beating Hubert Hurkacz.
Comment: Why Andy Murray needs to identify the positives in defeat against Andrey Rublev
A win against a top 10 player will kick-start Murray’s 2021.
Iga Swiatek keeps rising and has the potential to become a dominant figure on the WTA Tour
Oli Jefford on Iga Swiatek’s rise.
‘Tremendous player’ Kim Clijsters to resume her comeback as she accepts Miami and Charleston wildcards
Kim Clijsters set to feature in Miami and Charleston.
‘Motivated’ Garbine Muguruza shows fighting spirit as she beats defending Doha champion Aryna Sabalenka
Muguruza ends Sabalenka’s Doha title defence.
Andy Murray set to compete in Dubai and Miami events as he hints at playing full-clay court season
Andy Murray on his next few events.
Andy Murray shows real signs of promise despite defeat to Andrey Rublev
There were certainly encouraging signs for Andy Murray.
Angry Andy Murray loses to world number eight Andrey Rublev in Rotterdam
The three-time grand slam winner was beaten 7-5, 6-2.
ATP announces ‘Covid Protection Ranking’ amid ongoing restrictions
ATP announces new system and some tweaks to other systems.
WATCH: Turning his back on play, brilliant winners, racket smashing from Daniil Medvedev as he loses
Daniil Medvedev entertains, even when he loses.