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Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev |Monte Carlo Masters

Novak Djokovic struck back for the old guard at the Australian Open on Monday, soaking up the pressure from a willing Daniil Medvedev before battling to a 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win to reach his 10th quarter-final at Melbourne Park.

The night after Roger Federer was stunned by Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, there was another sniff of an upset at Rod Laver Arena as 22-year-old Medvedev shook the Serb with a furious assault of power hitting.

Yet the Russian wearied in the constant attrition, and top seed Djokovic ultimately cruised to victory, having passed easily his biggest test at the tournament.

The world No. 1 will continue his bid for a hat-trick of grand-slam titles and a record seventh at Melbourne Park against eighth seed Kei Nishikori. 

Earlier on Monday, Nishikori was involved in an epic battle against Pablo Carreno Busta, eventually coming through 6-7, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6 after 5hr 5min. 

Djokovic can see the finish line now. He bullets a backhand return winner up the line to earn himself three match points at 0-40. Medvedev serves big to save the first two, but Djokovic whips away an inside-out forehand winner on the third. 

Game, set and match! Djokovic defeats Medvedev 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3

That’s it – Djokovic is through after 3hr 16 min. He’ll play Kei Nishikori in Wednesday’s quarter-final.