Djokovic overcame an injury during the game The game was halted to knock all fans out of the arena and young American star Taylor Fritz stopped to win her third round bout 7-6 (1) 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-2 / p>

“This is definitely one of the special victories in my life,” said the Serb after the game

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“It doesn’t matter what round it is and who it is against in such circumstances to pull this off I will definitely remember this forever””

However, Djokovic admitted that he doesn’t know if he will play in the fourth round after confirming it was a muscle tear

“Right now I know it’s definitely a muscle tear, so I don’t know if I can recover from it in less than two days

“I don’t know, I don’t know if I’ll step on the pitch or not”

The game was stopped prematurely in the fourth set to force all fans to leave the Rod Laver Arena

When the clock struck at 11:30 p.m., security came to the arena and told all participants – with the exception of those in each player’s box – to leave

At midnight, Victoria entered a five-day COVID lockdown, and according to government rules, ticket holders had to be home beforehand

But the game would almost certainly have ended before 11:30 p.m. if Djokovic hadn’t been injured early in the third set

As expected, the Serb was two sets ahead of his young opponent when he slipped on the pitch, splitting his legs uncomfortably and pinching the right side of his stomach

Djokovic needed medical time out after the game to keep his serve and more medical treatment after most games that were suspended

Djokovic’s slip came to the first point at 1-1 as he tried to change direction Hold his side as he walked to his chair after the game Now back from MTO, continue playing BildTwittercom / hU9j4Ra3LJ

He was clearly in pain and winced before and after the points Fritz finally broke it 5: 3 and then served the third set

More treatment for Djokovic when converting by 2-3The problem seems to be with his right oblique / abdominalNot good at the moment when it is widely stretched ImageTwittercom / G52yeU6YeN

This set ended 20 minutes before the deadline announced to fans when they entered Melbourne Park on Friday night but were not expected to be reached

Taylor Fritz serves third set to Djokovic on 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6 massaging his own slant in the set break crowd reminding them to be outside by 11 a.m.30 (20 minutes) picture Twittercom / P4iMBxyoYl

Public health comes first, but this is undoubtedly a melancholy sight for players returning to the pitch to continue ImageTwittercom / EcWipQDVEL

With Djokovic by far not 100 percent, Fritz was able to steadily work his way into control of the game and claim the next two sentences for himself

But in the fifth it was Djokovic who scored first, with Fritz losing four consecutive points at 30: 0 and 2: 3

The eight-time Australian Open champion then has the 14th Times in his career reached the fourth round, in which he should face the Canadian Milos Raonic

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