NOVAK DJOKOVIC suffered a ache in his bottom – and it wasn’t simply third spherical opponent Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Djokovic beat the Spaniard 6-2, 6-Three, 6-Three regardless of needing therapy for a muscle drawback in his behind.
Though the scoreline seemed emphatic, the six-time Aussie Open champion wanted greater than two hours and 20 minutes to grind the No. 21 seed down.
There was concern within the Serb’s camp when the previous world No. 1 sought a medical timeout early within the second set for therapy to his decrease again.
The harm was recent concern for the 12-time Grand Slam champion whose rating has slipped to 14 after taking six months out with proper elbow bother within the second half of 2017.
After he claimed his 11th spherical of 16 look on the Australian Open, Djokovic stated: “Clearly for me it is taking it one match at a time however I’ve to be extra humble with my expectations as I have never performed within the final six months.
“However I’m more than happy the place my recreation is at.”
Djokovic who celebrated by rocking out to ACDC because it performed over the PA system on Margaret Court docket Area added: “Everybody loves ACDC, they’re immortal, top-of-the-line bands ever.
“I will attempt to use that for restoration and coaching to get in form.”
Djokovic’s opponent within the final 16 on Monday, Hyeon Chung, will even must regather his power.
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The South Korean put out world No. 4 Sascha Zverev in a five-set battle.
Djokovic added: “Matches are going to get tougher from now on.
“Chung had a great win against Zverev.”