Novak Djokovic overcame a mysterious damage and underlined his Australian Open title credentials, transferring via to the quarter-finals with a troublesome four-set win over Milos Raonic.
The world No.1 and defending champion had his sceptics when he claimed to have a torn belly muscle after his slender third-round escape at Melbourne Park.
He regarded extra comfy towards 14th seed Raonic because the match went on, and solely he’ll understand how a lot the damage actually affected him.
Djokovic typically pulled up when stretching to return balls and tried to maintain factors brief.
The aggressive method paid dividends when he recovered from dropping the second set to advance with a 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-1 6-Four win.
Djokovic will meet German sixth seed Alexander Zverev within the quarter-finals as he hunts a ninth Open crown.
Raonic took a medical time-out early within the second set and had his proper ankle re-taped however didn’t seem overly restricted by the difficulty.
The large-serving Canadian produced 26 aces to Djokovic’s 10 and tried to use his opponent’s motion.
However Djokovic blew up at his help workers throughout the second set, however composed himself and finally maintained his dominance over Raonic.
The win gave the 33-year-old a 12-Zero report of their head-to-head battles.