Novak Djokovic’s grip on the world No.1 ranking is assured and his Australian Open favouritism only growing after dismantling a flashy Denis Shapovalov in a third-round showdown on Saturday afternoon.
The top seed was cruising to a straight-sets ledger at Rod Laver Arena before the encroaching afternoon shadows and a momentary drop in intensity allowed the Canadian teenager back into the contest.
But it proved a brief deviation from the tennis lesson the six-time Melbourne champion was dishing out, as he romped home 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-0.
“I just tried to stay in the moment and weather the storm,” Djokovic said of unexpectedly dropping the third set.
“Denis played well toward the end of the third, I made some unforced errors … he showed some quality and showed why he’s going to be one we’ll be seeing in the future.”