Novak Djokovic is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open in a match that left one fan tired of what they were seeing.
Last year’s Australian Open champion defeated Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets, 6-3 6-2 6-2.
But during the match, shortly after Djokovic had broken in the third set and already leading two sets to none in, one fan had appeared to call it a day.
Cameras picked up the moment a Nishioka fan decided to shut her eyes and have a quick snooze as the Serbian star neared victory.
“Been put to sleep that Japanese fan,” Sam Groth said in commentary.
So far this Open, the world No.2 hasn’t been too kind to the Japanese.
Today’s victory is the second time he’s beaten a Japanese opponent at the tournament after defeating Tatsuma Ito in straight sets on Wednesday in the second round.
For Djokovic, it’s the 13th time the Serb has made it to the last 16 at Melbourne Park as he chases a record-extending eighth crown.
Djokovic’s serving was impervious on Friday, even leaving him impressed.
“If it happened, it didn’t happen too many times,” he said of giving away a solitary point on serve in the first two sets.
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“Definitely one of the best serving matches I’ve had lately.”
Fourteenth seed Schwartzman will present a very different challenge to the left-handed Nishioka as Djokovic eyes off a quarter-final against either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Roberto Bautista Agut.
“He is one of the quickest player on the tour,” Djokovic said of the Argentine.
“Obviously right-handed so I’m going to have to prepare a bit different tactics than I have today.
“Hopefully my serve can be as good as it was today or at least close. If that’s the case, then I feel I have a pretty good chance. Obviously I’ve got to be patient but still aggressive.”
The match against Schwartzman will also be the 16-time grand slam winner’s 50th in the fourth round at a major.
– with AAP