Novak Djokovic addresses injury speculation after thumping Alex de Minaur in straight sets at the Australian Open

After weeks of appearing to be below his best, it seems nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has rediscovered the full extent of his powers.

A heavily strapped left hamstring had given him trouble in lead-up tournaments and given hope to a men’s field full of upsets, but Djokovic was back to his dominant self as he thumped Australian Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in just over two hours on Rod Laver Arena.

The victory leaves the fans in Melbourne without a local hope to cheer on in the men’s or women’s singles quarterfinals for the first time since 2018, but Djokovic was making no apologies to the crowd on Monday night.

“Because I wanted to,” he said when asked on court why he brushed his Australian opponent aside so completely.

“I cannot say I am sorry you [the crowd] haven’t watched a longer match, to be honest. I really wanted to win in straight sets.”

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