In an incredible and emotional match at the Australia Open 2021, conditioned by an injury at the beginning of the third set, Novak Djokovic manages to beat the American Taylor Fritz in five sets. An incredible race that sees Novak in control for two sets and a slip on the Melbourne sign at the beginning of the third set risks changing the course of the match and its tournament.
After losing two sets, however, Nole takes advantage of some mistakes by Fritz and returns to the competition to gain incredible access to the round of 16 of the tournament. In the first set Novak immediately goes ahead, but thanks to some too many mistakes he is broken when needed for the set, the first set goes to the tie-break that Nole dominates from the first to the last point.
In the second set Nole immediately tries to escape, goes ahead by a break, but the American does not give up and cancels two chances for the double break by relaunching his ambitions. Fritz has two opportunities for the counter break, but Novak closes and moves forward 5 to 3.
Fritz holds up to serve but the number one closes 6-4.
In the third set Djokovic calls the Medical Timeout for a physical problem after a slip with the Serbian who touches his side.After a few minutes of pause Nole returns and seems to want to shorten the exchanges, the Serbian continues but seems to have some small problems.
Fritz begins to believe it, takes advantage of the injury to break and wins the set by closing 6-3. He goes to fourth with concern for Novak Djokovic. In the fourth set Djokovic immediately cancels a break point and closes with difficulty.
In the third game Djokovic does not make it who suffers the break after yet another right on the net. The match is suspended with the audience being 'sent' home due to the Australian Lockdown and resumes without an audience.
The situation does not change and Fritz goes on smoothly in his shifts, thus closing 6-4. In the fifth set Djokovic seems to be recovering, it goes on without problems until the 3-2 where Fritz ahead 30-0 makes two serious mistakes and thanks to a great backhand forehand the Serbian wins the break and goes 4-2.
Fritz seems to give up and at 5-2 is forced to cancel the first match point. On the second chance the Serbian wins the victory and closes an incredible match after about 3 and a half hours. Alexander Zverev also wins in ease, offering a good performance and calmly beating the French Mannarino.
Australian Open number 3 seeded Dominic Thiem takes a really big risk, goes down by two sets but wins an extraordinary comeback win over Australian Nick Kyrgios. Great race, among the best of the tournament with Kyrgios who starts strong and literally makes the Austrian 'mad', but drops (as expected) to the distance and loses with the result of 4-6; 4-6; 6-3; 6 -4; 6-4.