Novak Djokovic eases into Australian Open fourth round

Novak Djokovic

GETTYNovak Djokovic is set to return to Grand Slam action after a six-month lay-off

He said: "You work and train hard to be able to sustain these kind of conditions, to be tough". "But there is a limit, a level of tolerance between being fit and endangering health".

Djokovic described the conditions in his post-match interview as "brutal".

Absent from the court since the season-ending championship in November, he started the year with a disappointing Hopman Cup campaign but said he was starting to find his groove. At the end, I was like, Okay, I don't want to rally so much.

'You've portrayed me as someone who is very greedy, asks for more money, ' he alleged. "But I also think that there should be some kind of rational conversations about, you know, rules that are maybe imposed or certain things that are concerning players' well-being".

"They deserve it. No doubt about it", he said at the Australian Open, per Sport24. It showed on Thursday.

World No1 Simona Halep was also convincing in her straight demolition of Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

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Melbourne: India's Rohan Bopanna and France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin, the tenth seeds in the Australian Open men's doubles draw, came through a tough first-round exercise on what was a good for Indians.

Few tennis fans will be complaining about Novak Djokovic being back on the court following a six-month injury layoff stretching back to last July.

Wawrinka, 32, was attempting to make the third round for the 10th consecutive year. That decision was taken out of her hands because of a doping ban following a failed test on her previous visit to Melbourne Park. Five of his 19 Grand Slam singles titles have been in Australia.

"It was a straight-set win but nearly two-and a-half-hours". Federer has beaten Gasquet 16 of the 18 times they've played.

Alexander Zverev endured a mid-match lapse but steadied to defeat Peter Gojowcyzk 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in an all-Germany battle and reach the third round.

- Petra Martic, who finally got a win on her birthday, a third round success over Luksika Kumkhum on Friday in Melbourne.

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After holding serve to lead 2-1 in the second set, the 14th seed took a medical time-out and lay down at the Margaret Court Arena as a trainer worked feverishly on his lower back.

The Frenchman, however, would not endorse calls for the roof to be drawn across, although he suggested longer breaks between sets might be considered.

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina serves during his third round match against Tomas Berdych.

Thiem fired down 21 aces but credited his 25-year-old opponent, knocked out in qualifying at all four grand majors last year, with pushing him to the limit in three hours and 48 minutes.

Djokovic took his fifth break point of the set at 4-3 before levelling the match at a set apiece.

Another returnee is Maria Sharapova, who now faces her US Open conqueror Anastasija Sevastova, after she disposed of Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-1, 6-4. Players must keep the conditions at the first Grand Slam of the calendar year in mind at all times.

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