Novak Djokovic admits he was on brink of defeat with dizziness and dehydration before coming through a five-set thriller against Dominic Thiem to clinch title – also his 17th Grand Slam – and return to world number one.
Nobody beats Novak Djokovic at this stage of the Australian Open. At least, not until now. Djokovic is a seven-time champion at Melbourne Park, where he has never lost a final or semifinal he has contested.
Dominic Thiem will face Alexander Zverev for a place in the final, a match-up scarcely imaginable at the start of the tournament, after beating Rafael Nadal.
The 33-year-old was in virtuoso form to charge past the 27th seed 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in hot sunshine on Rod Laver Arena and make the round of 16 at Melbourne Park for a 13th time.
David Goffin claims an upset 6-4 7-6 (3) victory over world number one Rafael Nadal in Sydney to keep Belgium alive in their quarter-final clash at the inaugural ATP Cup team event.
Casper Ruud, a product of Nadal's tennis academy in Mallorca, has beaten top-20 players John Isner and Fabio Fognini to make his mark at the international teams tournament in Australia.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal urged organisers of the ATP Cup and Davis Cup Finals to consider a possible merger, saying it makes little sense to have two men’s team competitions on the tennis calendar.
Big pay rises are in store for players at January's Australian Open with organisers announcing a boost in the total purse to almost $50 million.
The top-ranked Nadal won all of his eight matches at the revamped competition that debuted a World Cup-style format.
The underwhelming performance of the reigning champions will most likely require them to beat Rafael Nadal's Spain to stand a chance of reaching the knock out phase.
After a 7-5, 7-5 defeat to Dominic Thiem in his tournament opener, six-time champion Roger Federer may find it tricky to qualify for the last four of the ATP Finals.
The 32-year-old Serbian tennis star avenged his loss to the 21-year-old Greek 3 weeks earlier in the Shanghai Masters, with a 58-minute victory.
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