ATP Tour news: Novak Djokovic pushed to the limit by Quentin Halys in Adelaide

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The Serbian world number five endured a slow start to take the first set in a tiebreaker, and found himself again trailing 5-3 in the second. However, the 21-time grand slam champion kept his composure, breaking to love and eventually clawing his way to victory. Djokovic said on atptour.com he was happy to make it past Halys's challenge. "It was a great performance from my opponent today and I want to congratulate him for a great fight. "He played like a Top 10 opponent. He was serving big, hitting his spots and on a fast court like this it's tough to break, so two two-breaks is a realistic score in today's match. I'm glad to overcome the challenge." The win sets up a thrilling quarter-final encounter with 18th-ranked Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who earlier overcame Roman Safiullin 6-4 6-3. "Denis is one of the most complete players out there," Djokovic added. "He has a very dynamic style of tennis. He has a big serve, comes to the net, is comfortable playing at the back of a court and he's a great athlete. "I haven't played him for a while so I'm looking forward to it. Every match from here gets tougher." Meanwhile, America's Sebastian Korda defeated Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-4.

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