MELBOURNE – The reigning champion Novak Djokovic put his fitness to a tough test when the top seed defeated the Canadian powerhouse Milos Raonic 7: 6 (4) 4-6 6-1 6-4 on Sunday, to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals

Djokovic, who injured a lateral muscle in a five-set win over Taylor Fritz on Friday and suspected that he might not be able to continue, pointed on the way to the second male player who won the 300 Grand Slam match reached, signs of discomfort Wins

Raonic, the fourteenth seed, had never attacked Djokovic in three previous Grand Slam meetings When he grabbed the second sentence, a surprise seemed possible

But Djokovic, who applied for a ninth title with record extension in Melbourne, increased his level and improved his record against Raonic to 12: 0

After Friday’s drama when Djokovic said he had a “tear” and couldn’t move, it was a relatively routine day in the office for the number one in the world who has been taking painkillers for 48 hours

“It was good enough to compete and play I wouldn’t stand here and talk if I wasn’t in good shape to get on the pitch and give myself the chance to win a match, “Djokovic told Eurosport

“It’s not ideal, I sure felt better. Didn’t have much preparation and haven’t hit a tennis ball in two nights. There was a cloud of doubt as to whether I would play but it’s a Grand Slam and I have it all given to have a chance ”

Djokovic could not convert the breakpoints at 3: 3 and 4: 4 in the opening set, and there was a moment of alarm when he was forced far on the forehand side to apply the brakes and block a billboard in the yard

He clinically won the tiebreak, however, and when Raonic needed treatment on his right ankle at the beginning of the second set, Djokovic appeared to be in command

Instead, Raonic started playing some of his best tennis games, securing the game’s first service break 2-2 with a strong forehand winner

That was enough for Raonic to win the second set, but his hopes for victory soon faded as Djokovic began to swing free and accelerate through the third set

The elastic Djokovic occasionally looked tentative as he moved far out on the forehand and was stretched in the fourth set, but he broke Raonic’s serve 4-4 when his opponent hit a backhand and one game later the Victory took to achieve the quarterfinals in Melbourne for the 12th Times

Its 300 Grand Slam victory brought him only behind Roger Federer (362) on the men’s list

Djokovic will face a potentially tougher challenge against Zverev, saying his immediate focus would be on recovery

“I just want to feel better, I don’t know exactly what damage is being done,” he said

“The next 48 hours are about recovering as much as possible and collecting all the energy for the next game”

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