Novak Djokovic vs Alex De Minaur - LIVE: Sublime Djokovic through to Australian Open quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic vs Alex De Minaur - LIVE: Sublime Djokovic through to Australian Open quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic was firing on all cylinders as he dismantled home favourite Alex De Minaur to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the 13th time.

The nine-time champion’s damaged left hamstring has dominated discussion around his chances of triumphing again at Melbourne Park but there were no signs of discomfort here as he stormed to a 6-2 6-1 6-2 victory with a ruthless display.

It was a very uncomfortable evening, though, for De Minaur, the last remaining home singles hope, on Rod Laver Arena as he was outplayed in all areas.

Earlier on Monday, Arnya Sabalenka continued her impressive form with a straight-sets win over Belinda Bencic, but the women’s fourth seed Caroline Garcia was shocked by Poland’s unseeded Magda Linette.Follow all the latest scores and updates from the Australian Open below.

Australian Open 2023 LIVE - Latest scores and results

  • Novak Djokovic thrashes home favourite Alex De Minaur 6-2 6-1 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena

  • Djokovic to play Andrey Rublev in quarter-finals after Russian defeats Holger Rune in match tiebreak

  • Arnya Sabalenka into quarter-finals for first time with straight-sets win over Belinda Bencic

  • Poland’s unseeded Magda Linette stuns fourth seed Caroline Garcia 7-6 6-4

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 6-2 Alex De Minaur - Game, set and match!

11:50 , Jamie Braidwood

After the rollercoaster ride that was Novak Djokovic’s first week at the Australian Open, the nine-time champion is through to the quarter-finals with a statement performance of unerring authority. In thrashing Alex De Minaur, the last home hope in Melbourne, 6-2 6-1 6-2 in just over two hours, the Serbian has gone from appearing vulnerable to exuding a more familiar aura of invincibility. The Australian fans had arrived at the Rod Laver Arena with hopes of a famous win and a raucous night, but Djokovic crushed those dreams with a ruthless fist.

Afterwards, the question was not how he had dismantled De Minaur with astonishing ease, but why. “Because I wanted to,” Djokovic responded, chuckling. It was an ominous warning and from the unease and uncertainty caused by a troublesome and painful hamstring injury, the 35-year-old produced his best display of the tournament so far, reaching a level that will send a shiver down the spines of those who join him in the quarter-finals.

It makes it 25 wins in a row at the Australian Open and on this evidence a 10th title will surely follow on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic goes from vulnerable to invincible in demolition of Alex De Minaur

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 6-2 Alex De Minaur - Game, set and match!

11:07 , Jamie Braidwood

Asked afterwards if he had reached perfection on a tennis court, Djokovic replied: “Close to.”

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Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 6-2 Alex De Minaur - Game, set and match!

10:46 , Jamie Braidwood

Djokovic is asked why he thrashed De Minaur, and his response is brilliant.

“Because I wanted to,” he says.

“I cannot say sorry for not winning a longer match. I really want to win in straight sets, The first four or five games were close. I started to feel more loose and go through the ball. He was beginning to feel nervous and that was my opportunity. I played the best match of my year so far.

“Tonight it was not obvious that I was dealing with an injury. I didn’t feel anything tonight. I keep on going. I know that things can change really quickly and I’m not taking anything for granted but I’m really pleased with how I moved today.”

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 6-2 Alex De Minaur - Game, set and match!

10:39 , Jamie Braidwood

A stunning display from the nine-time champion that will send a shiver down the spines of those who remain in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic crushes De Minaur in just over two hours. By far the most impressive performance of the tournament so far.

Australian Open 2023: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 5-2 Alex De Minaur

10:37 , Jamie Braidwood

We have reached two hours - but Djokovic is closing in on victory. De Minaur is forced to save match points but gets his hold. Djokovic will serve for it next.

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 5-1 Alex De Minaur*

10:27 , Jamie Braidwood

Djokovic is having to deal with a heckler in the crowd. It seems to have distracted him a bit, by he holds to 30 to move a game away from the match.

Australian Open 2023: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 4-1 Alex De Minaur

10:24 , Jamie Braidwood

A game for De Minaur is being celebrated like it’s a set. The Australian avoids the bagel.

Australian Open 2023: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 4-1 Alex De Minaur

10:23 , Jamie Braidwood

A game for De Minaur is being celebrated like it’s a set. The Australian avoids the bagel.

Australian Open 2023: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 3-0 Alex De Minaur - Djokovic breaks

10:11 , Jamie Braidwood

Just insane. That’s now 13 of the last 14 games for Djokovic, as De Minaur’s serve is broken for the second time in this third set. It’s a scary level from Djokovic.

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 2-0 Alex De Minaur*

10:01 , Jamie Braidwood

De Minaur is still battling, but there’s very little the Australian is able to do. Even after getting to deuce on the Djokovic serve, the Serbian tightens to take the hold. De Minaur is still yet to see a break point chance.

Australian Open 2023: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 1-0 Alex De Minaur - Djokovic breaks

09:54 , Jamie Braidwood

You have to feel sorry for De Minaur here. Djokovic is playing a stunning match and has reduced the astmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena to near silence. He immediately brings up two break points and takes it after clipping the net-cord, a fortunate way to continue what has been a simply outstanding run of games.

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 Alex De Minaur* - Djokovic wins the second set

09:48 , Jamie Braidwood

Astonishingly good from Djokovic. This match has been as one-sided as the scorelines suggests.

Australian Open 2023: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 5-1 Alex De Minaur

09:44 , Jamie Braidwood

De Minaur stops the run at nine and Djokovic will serve for the set next. The Australian just needs to hope that Djokovic’s level will drop in the third.

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 6-2 5-0 Alex De Minaur*

09:40 , Jamie Braidwood

Djokovic holds to love. What a performance this has been.

Australian Open 2023: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-0 Alex De Minaur - Djokovic breaks

09:38 , Jamie Braidwood

Djokovic continues to hold De Minaur in a vice-like grip. The Australian is winning less than half of his points on serve and Djokovic brings up two break points as he threatens an eighth game in a row.

De Minaur was able to save them and get to deuce but Djokovic refused to allow the Australian to get away. On the fourth deuce he flashes a forehand return winner and De Minaur cracks on the next point.

And so it is eight games in a row. Staggeringly good for Djokovic.

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 6-2 3-0 Alex De Minaur*

09:27 , Jamie Braidwood

Seven games in a row for Djokovic. It’s seems he is winning every long rally. His hitting has been powerful and clean all tournament but the movement is there tonight as well.

Australian Open 2023: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 2-0 Alex De Minaur - Djokovic breaks!

09:22 , Jamie Braidwood

This is so, so impressive from Djokovic. De Minaur is kicking desperately to stay afloat as Djokovic takes his sixth game in a row. De Minaur had saved the first break point with an ace but the pressure from Djokovic was unrelenting and the Australian is forced long from the baseline.

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 6-2 1-0 Alex De Minaur*

09:16 , Jamie Braidwood

Djokovic takes his fifth game in a row after quickly getting to 40-0 on serve. De Minaur had flashed a backhand winner to spark some encouragement among the Rod Laver crowd - but this is one-way traffic at the moment. This next game in must-win for the 23-year-old.

Australian Open 2023: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 Alex De Minaur - Djokovic wins first set

09:09 , Jamie Braidwood

Too good from Djokovic. That first set could not have gone much better. De Minaur is having to work so hard to win any points and as his backhand slices breaks down Djokovic gets a look at set point. The forehand then drifts long and Djokovic takes the first set in 35 minutes, just what he needed.

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 5-2 Alex De Minaur*

09:03 , Jamie Braidwood

Djokovic crushes a forehand winner down the line to get the opening point on serve and continues the streak to hold to love. That’s nine in a row now and Djokovic has taken charge. He looks to be moving well, too.

Australian Open 2023: *Novak Djokovic 4-2 Alex De Minaur - Djokovic breaks

09:00 , Jamie Braidwood

That’s so steely from Djokovic. De Minaur was trying to give him everything he had but Djokovic was this time able to stay in the rallies quite comfortably. De Minaur fires long the forehand and then backhand to bring up 0-40. Djokovic gives nothing away and De Minaur crashes a forehand into the net on the first break point. Djokovic gets the first break.

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 3-2 Alex De Minaur*

08:55 , Jamie Braidwood

Djokovic is rock solid on the serve to win the first couple of points but De Minaur is showing just how he’s going to frustrate the Serbian with his workrate at the back of the court. The Australian isn’t giving much away early on and gets back to 30-30, built again around some flashes of power from the baseline.

Djokovic’s serve gets him out of the first testing spot.

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Australian Open 2023: *Novak Djokovic 2-2 Alex De Minaur

08:50 , Jamie Braidwood

Djokovic gets his first look on the De Minaur serve after the Australian double faults. He moves in well to cover the net but Djokovic squeezes out an error to force 30-30 and then deuce.

De Minaur played both points well, hitting bravely to the back of the court. There is then a brilliant 22-shot rally of big hitting, and Djokovic keeps the pressure up by catching the baseline and then forcing De Minaur long.

It keeps the pressure on - but De Minaur gets out of it with an aggresive forehand down the line. He’s really taking Djokovic on, and that’s a big hold in what has been an intense start.

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 2-1 Alex De Minaur*

08:42 , Jamie Braidwood

Djokovic steps into a backhand winner to get to 40-15 but then pushes wide, as De Minaur looks to rattle back the returns. Djokovic then goes to the serve out wide and De Minaur is long as he stretches on the backhand.

Australian Open 2023: *Novak Djokovic 1-1 Alex De Minaur

08:39 , Jamie Braidwood

De Minaur responds with some super serving and holds to love, the Australian also closing it out with an ace. Djokovic went long on two returns in a row.

The Serbian is facing an Australian at the Australian Open for the first time since 2012, when he defeated Lleyton Hewitt in four sets.

Hewitt is in De Minaur’s box in Rod Laver.

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic 1-0 Alex De Minaur*

08:36 , Jamie Braidwood

You have to imagine that De Minaur will look to keep these points as long as possible given Djokovic’s injury concerns. The first point is competitive but Djokovic races to a comfortable opening hold, sealed by an ace.

*denotes next server

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic vs Alex De Minaur

08:32 , Jamie Braidwood

The pre-match win predictor is up to its usual tricks - claiming Djokovic is the 82 per cent favourite.

I think it will be much closer than that, but let’s see. Djokovic will serve first.

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic vs Alex De Minaur

08:26 , Jamie Braidwood

Here we go! Djokovic is first out on Rod Laver Arena. There’s another good reception for the nine-time champion but it is followed by a much louder one for De Minaur.

This should be electric!

Australian Open 2023: Ben Shelton continues run with five-set win

08:22 , Jamie Braidwood

American 20-year-old Ben Shelton beat compatriot JJ Wolf 6-7(5) 6-2 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 6-2 in a fourth-round match that lasted nearly four hours.

"I thought I did a really good job of competing at the highest level in the fifth set. Always tough playing a friend. I've known JJ a while," said Shelton, who did not have his serve broken.

"I was able to pace myself emotionally... Six months ago I wouldn't have been able to finish this match."

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Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic vs Alex De Minaur

08:16 , Jamie Braidwood

Alex De Minaur looking ahead to facing nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic: “I’m not going to read into too much of that injury. Ultimately he’s one of the best players in the world, and I’m just going to have to take it to him and not shy away from the occasion.

“I’m going to make sure to make it as tough as I can, and, you know, just bring the recent experience I’ve had on court and how I’ve been feeling. Just ultimately it’s not shy away from the opportunity and the occasion.

“I mean, this is the matches I want. It’s going to be exciting. I will get fired up, get the crowd behind me, and I'll definitely have a good time.”

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic vs Alex De Minaur

08:04 , Jamie Braidwood

Rublev’s match going to a fifth-set tiebreak means there has been a slight deley to Djokovic vs De Minaur, which is set to get underway at around 8:30am. Djokovic looking to extend his 24-match win-streak at the Australian Open but is looking forward to the test of facing a home player in Melbourne.

“It’s a big challenge of playing an Aussie guy here in front of his home crowd,” Djokovic said. “I’m sure that the atmosphere will be electric, and he’s going to have a lot of support, and he’s going to be pumped to try to win the match.

“But I’ve had experiences before. I played Lleyton Hewitt here. I played some big Aussie players, so I know how that feels. I know what to expect, so to say, in terms of atmosphere, the match itself.

“The fact that I never faced him is also challenging for both me and him. I think we don’t know much about each other’s games, but still we know each other pretty well because he’s been around for quite a few years. I’ve watched him play numerous times. I know how he plays.”

Australian Open 2023: Game, set and match!

07:53 , Jamie Braidwood

Rublev is asked about his quarter-final: “No one wants to play Novak,” he says, seemingly forgetting that the Serbian is facing an Australian Alex De Minaur in the next match. “I forgot, sorry!”

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Australian Open 2023: Game, set and match!

07:50 , Jamie Braidwood

What an extraordinary finale to Andrey Rublev vs Holger Rune! It went to a match tiebreak, with the 19-year-old Rune storming to a 5-0 lead in the race to 10 points. But Rublev stormed back, winning nine of the next 11 points to bring up two match points. From there, Rune saved both - the second with a stunning backhand winner.

But Rublev responded again - the Russian was a break down with Rune serving for the match, too - and set up another match point. He got a massive slice of luck with a dead net-cord on match point, but that was a brilliant contest.

“It’s not a rollercoaster, it’s like putting a gun to your head,” jokes Rublev. “Rollercoasters are easier. Never in my life have I won a match like this.”

Rublev faces the winner of Djokovic vs De Minaur.

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic vs Alex De Minaur

07:43 , Jamie Braidwood

Novak Djokovic speaking about his hamstring injury, following his straight-sets win over Grigor Dimitrov: “It kind of always starts well in last few matches, including this one, and then some movement happens and then it gets worse. Pills kick in, some hot cream and stuff. That works for a little bit, then it doesn’t, then works again.

“It’s really a roller coaster, honestly. It requires a lot of energy that is being spent from my side mentally and physically, as well, to deal with the match with my opponent and also with not ideal physical state.

“But it is what it is. It’s kind of a circumstances that you have to accept. I’m just very grateful that I’m actually able to play. The way it looked just before the tournament started, I thought that it wouldn’t be possible. I’m still here and still holding on.”

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Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic vs Alex De Minaur

07:34 , Jamie Braidwood

Novak Djokovic vs Alex De Minaur is the headline match on the Rod Laver Arena and will take place from 8am GMT, following the contest between Andrey Rublev and Alex De Minaur.

How to watch the Australian Open 2023

You can watch the Australian Open live on Eurosport in the UK. The action will be broadcast on Eurosport’s TV channels, or fans can tune into Discovery+ to stream the tournament, where an Entertainment & Sport pass is available for either £6.99/month or £59.99/year.

Sky has also announced that starting today, Discovery+ will be available at no extra cost for Sky customers, including for Sky Glass and Sky Stream customers.

If you’re not already a Sky customer, you can get a Sky Stream box, which comes with Sky TV and a Netflix basic plan. The device is currently discounted in Sky’s winter sale (was £26 per month, now £24 per month, Sky.com). This is Sky’s new device, and doesn’t require a satellite dish as it streams Sky directly over wifi.

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Australian Open 2023

07:27 , Jamie Braidwood

There are some interesting scores out there - with three of the four men’s singles matches currently taking place.

Andrey Rublev and Holger Rune are into a fifth set on Rod Laver Arena. Rune had the chance to serve for the set but Rublev has broken back. It’s 6-3 3-6 6-3 4-6 5-5 in the fifth.

Elsewhere Ben Shelton has forced a fifth against JJ Wolf, with three of the previous four sets going to tiebreaks. It’s 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-6(4) there.

Roberto Bautista Agut, who knocked out Andy Murray in the third round, is back in action against Tommy Paul.

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Australian Open 2023: Pliskova races into fourth round

07:11 , Jamie Braidwood

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova needed only 55 minutes to beat China’s Zhang Shuai 6-0 6-4 to move into the quarter-finals. Pliskova fired 12 aces and 33 winners to set up a clash with Magda Linette.

Australian Open 2023: Linette stuns fourth seed Garcia

07:07 , Jamie Braidwood

Poland’s Magda Linette reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 7-6(3) 6-4 upset of fourth seed Caroline Garcia in just under two hours at Rod Laver Arena.

Linette made only 14 unforced errors to Garcia’s 33 in a disciplined performance and will next face former world number one Karolina Pliskova.

Australian Open 2023: Sabalenka into quarter-finals for first time

07:05 , Jamie Braidwood

Arnya Sabalenka stormed into the Melbourne Park quarter-finals for the first time with a 7-5 6-2 victory over Swiss Belinda Bencic, setting up a meeting with teenager Linda Fruhvirtova or Donna Vekic.

Bencic drew first blood with a break in the third game but the Belarusian fifth seed cut down the unforced errors and upped the pace of her serve to run out a worthy winner in 87 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

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