Defending champion Djokovic, in search of a ninth title in Melbourne, seemed in command when he took the opening two units however started to endure with a facet damage early within the third set.
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He wanted to depart Rod Laver Arena to have therapy and was grimacing in ache at occasions because the 23-year-old Fritz took benefit to take the following two units.
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The group had been eliminated halfway by the fourth set as Melbourne’s new COVID-19 lockdown got here into impact.
However Djokovic, regardless of nonetheless wanting in discomfort, did sufficient to win the deciding set and dwell to battle one other day.