Djokovic romps into quarters
Novak Djokovic. (AP Photo)
Melbourne - Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached his 19th straight Grand Slam
quarter-final with an easy straight-sets victory over Italian seed Fabio
Fognini at the Australian Open on Sunday.
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The Serbian second seed coasted to a 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 victory over the
15th-seeded Fognini in one hour 33 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.
Djokovic, who is bidding for a fifth Australian title and his seventh Grand
Slam, stretched his unbeaten match run to 28 since his US Open triumph in New
York last September.
He will face either Swiss eighth seed Stanislas Wawrinka or 17th-seeded
Spaniard Tommy Robredo in the quarters.
In a one-sided contest, Djokovic broke Fognini's service six times from 22
break point opportunities and hit 33 winners past the at times lackadaisical
Djokovic, who has been friends with Fognini since their junior playing days
in Europe, maintained his focus as the Italian played to the crowd and
performed with little intensity.
"At the end of the day we are both professionals and once we step on
the court we want to win the match regardless who is across the net,"
"Of course it is a bit different feeling when your opponent is a
long-time friend and obviously I wanted to laugh at his jokes but on the other
hand I didn't want to lose any concentration and it was very important to stay
focused until the end."
Djokovic said he played a great match and didn't allow Fognini to take
control of the rallies. He now leads the Italian 7-0 in their encounters.
It will be Djokovic's seventh straight quarter-final appearance at the
Australian Open and extends his unbeaten run to 25 matches at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic is looking to become just the second man behind Roy Emerson to win
four consecutive Australian Open titles.
Results from the Australian Open on Sunday (x denotes seeding):Men's singlesFourth round
David Ferrer (ESP x3) bt Florian Mayer (GER) 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-2, 6-1
Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x15) 6-3, 6-0, 6-2
Tomas Berdych (CZE x7) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA x19)
6-2, 6-2, 6-3
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x8) bt Tommy Robredo (ESP x17) 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5)Women's singlesFourth round
Flavia Pennetta (ITA x28) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x9) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
Li Na (CHN x4) bt Ekaterina Makarova (RUS x22) 6-2, 6-0
Ana Ivanovic (SRB x14) bt Serena Williams (USA x1) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) bt Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-0