Novak Djokovic, a tennis prodigy from Serbia, has surpassed Monica Seles as the only Open Era participant to win more than 30 consecutive singles matches at the Australian Open. Seles achieved 33 consecutive victories between 1991 and 1999.
Novak Djokovic wins another title in Australia
On Friday, Djokovic accomplished the unprecedented feat by winning his 31st consecutive match at the major tournament. To advance to the fourth round, he secured a 6-3 6-3 7-6 (7-2) victory over Tomas Martin Etcheverry. Novak Djokovic is in position to claim his 25th Grand Slam title, surpassing Australian Margaret Court’s previous record.
In the following round, he will face American Ben Shelton or Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. The 36-year-old Djokovic defeated Alexei Popyrin and Dino Prizmic in his first two rounds in Melbourne, each of which required four sets. However, against Etcheverry, he appeared in improved form. From a deep position, he executed effective groundstrokes and found angles to keep his opponent on the move consistently.
“I believe that it was an excellent match.” “I delivered my strongest performance of the entire tournament,” Djokovic said in an interview on the court. “I am undoubtedly satisfied with my performance for the duration of the match, but especially in the initial two sets.”
“In the third set, he upped the ante and his tennis prowess increased by approximately one to two levels; we engaged in a fierce battle.” “I believe I simply found the right shots, the right serves, and finished the match in straights during the tie-break.”
Etcheverry defeated Andy Murray and Gael Monfils this week in Melbourne in straight sets, but the Argentine had few answers for Novak Djokovic.