‘Big Battle’: Novak Djokovic Wary of Facing Alexander Zverev After Marking a Special Milestone

Published 02/14/2021, 10:30 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his second round match against Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott


Novak Djokovic has proved that he’s built different, yet again. The 33-year-old player, while suffering an injury, defeated Canadian challenger Milos Raonic in the fourth round at the Australian Open 2021. The win also sent him through to the quarterfinals. What’s more, the win earned him a special Grand Slam record! 

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Novak Djokovic has now joined the exclusive 300-wins club at Grand Slams. As far as the men’s game is concerned, Roger Federer was the sole member of the exclusive troupe until Djokovic joined him by defeating Raonic in four sets on Sunday.

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While Djokovic’s 300th Grand Slam victory came against Raonic at the Australian Open 2021, his first-ever win at a Majors tournament came against Robby Ginepri at the 2005 French Open. 

These milestones are quite special, and Djokovic would carry this momentum to excel in his upcoming matches at the ‘Happy Slam.’ 

Novak Djokovic reacts to the challenge that Alexander Zverev presents in the quarterfinals

With his win, Djokovic has set up a mammoth clash with Zverev in the last eight of the Australian Open 2021. These two are quite familiar with each other’s games as they’ve faced off seven times in the past. 

“Well, Sascha and I, we get along really well on and off the court. He’s a great guy and we joked around yesterday that we have kind of similar injuries,” Djokovic expressed during his on-court interview. 

Novak Djokovic also praised Zverev for honing his skills to become a complete player. The German is incredibly tall, and he’s now developed a stronger game to compliment his beastly serves! 

“He’s one of the top men’s players in the last five years. He has won the World Tour finals, he has been a Top-5, Top 10 established player for quite a few years right now, even though he’s still young,” Djokovic said of Zverev

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“I’m expecting nothing less than than a big battle than it was in the ATP cup, so let the better player win absolutely,” the 33-year-old added. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his third round match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Novak Djokovic versus Alexander Zverev will be a mouth-watering clash in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2021. Both players have an equal chance of going through to the semis, but who are you backing to win it? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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