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Root: Pitch not to blame for England defeat
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England captain Joe Root says team "outplayed" by India on tough surface as they lose second Test by 317 runs; skipper feels his men can learn from the way the hosts found control with the ball and batted calmly; third Test in Ahmedabad from February 24 Last Updated: 16/02/21 10:01am 0:56 England captain Joe Root says his squad must not get too down about their heavy defeat in the second Test against India. England captain Joe Root says his squad must not get too down about their heavy defeat in the second Test against India. Joe Root refused to blame the spin-friendly Chennai pitch for England's thumping defeat to India in the second Test - and has urged his side to learn from the difficult conditions they faced. England were spun out for 134 and 164 at MA Chidambaram Stadium on a dusty surface as India wrapped up a 317-run victory on day four to level the four-match series at 1-1.Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin completed hundreds for India and Root says the hosts showed England a template for scoring runs on unhelpful tracks for batsmen. Root says his side must learn from the challenging conditions they faced in Chennai (Pic credit - BCCI) "I wouldn't say it was a good pitch but it made for very exciting cricket and it was not the reason we lost the game. We were outplayed in all three departments," said the England skipper."For us, it's a bit of an education. It was a surface that spun a huge amount and bounced more than we anticipated but we should take that as a learning and be better for it the next time we experience conditions that are similar."The toss was an important one to win - but it wouldn't have guaranteed us a win either. India showed you can score runs and found a way of managing a very tricky surface."Our batters need to learn from how India rotated strike, while what I took from how they played was how calm and unflustered they were. When a delivery really misbehaved, they didn't waver from their game-plan." Ravichandran Ashwin (pictured) and Rohit Sharma scored centuries for India in the second Test (Pic credit - BCCI) Root - whose side will be looking to bounce back in the day-night third Test in Ahmedabad from February 24 with their six-match winning streak in overseas Tests having been snapped - also felt his bowlers could have been more frugal on day one when India reached 300-6 after electing to bat."We have to find ways of building pressure for long periods of time with the ball, bowling six balls at one batter, which India made very difficult for us."Can we string maidens together and force wickets through very disciplined passages of play? I think India did that better than us."On day one we could probably have been a bit tighter and squeezed the game, making it hard for them to score freely. The four-match Test series is tied at 1-1 heading into the third Test, a day-night fixture in Ahmedabad from February 24 "We have to learn from the opposition, who played very well, but we are 1-1 in the series and there are two very important games to come."We are very excited about that because of how well we played in the first game. We are very much in this series. It's set up very nicely."We have to stay level. We don't get above our station when we win and it's not all doom and gloom when we have tough weeks."It is very important we stay level as a team. We have to learn but that is one thing we have done well in recent times so hopefully we can take that into the rest of the series." 0:52 Root says he understands Moeen Ali's decision to leave England's bio-secure bubble and return home to his family Root says he understands Moeen Ali's decision to leave England's bio-secure bubble and return home to his family Root - who also confirmed that all-rounder Moeen Ali will miss the rest of the series having opted to fly home - said Ben Stokes only bowled two overs in the game for tactical reasons, not due to injury."Ben is fit and able to bowl but, on that surface, you look at the overs of seam bowled and it was minimal," said Root."I'm sure Ben will have an impact on this series with the ball as he did in the first game. He can grab big moments and turn them on their head."Pressed on whether he wanted to include the rested James Anderson, who had starred with a scintillating spell of reverse-swing bowling on day five of the first Test, Root added: "It was discussed. "But we need to look at the series as a whole. The pink-ball game looks an exciting opportunity for someone like him to have a real impact."Follow text commentary of the day-night third Test between India and England in Ahmedabad on skysports.com and the Sky Sports app from 8.30am on Wednesday, February 24. .
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Henman: Murray is heading in the right direction
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Tim Henman believes Andy Murray is heading in the right direction following his latest outing on the second-tier Challenger Tour but admits the Grand Slams may prove a step too far for the former world No 1 Last Updated: 16/02/21 7:47am Andy Murray is heading in the right direction, according to Tim Henman "If he could win that tournament, can he get back to win again on the main tour? I think he can," Tim Henman believes Andy Murray can return to his former glories although Grand Slams may prove a step too far. Murray played his first tournament of the year in Italy last week on the second-tier Challenger Tour, reaching the final before losing to Illya Marchenko on Sunday.It was a jarring sight seeing Murray battling away in a sports hall while the world's best players competed in the Australian Open but an ill-timed bout of coronavirus prevented him from travelling to Melbourne, and the 33-year-old did not want to waste time. Murray will make his ATP Tour return at next week's Open Sud de France in Montpellier He was still deciding on Monday whether to stay in Biella and compete in a second Challenger, while it was confirmed he will make his ATP Tour return at next week's Open Sud de France in Montpellier.Henman said: "I watched some of his matches last week and spoke to (coach) Jamie Delgado and it's great that he played five matches in six days."I think it also speaks volumes about his hunger and desire. It can't be easy when you've got the Australian Open going on in the background and you're at a lower-level event."The more I'm seeing him compete, I think his movement is going in the right direction and so the more he can play matches and his body can recover, then I think the more opportunity he's got of stepping up to the next level."When I look back to the tournament he won in Antwerp at the end of 2019, his movement is much better now. If he could win that tournament, can he get back to win again on the main tour? I think he can." Henman feels Grand Slams might be a step too far for Murray (Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images) Henman added: "The slams, best of five sets and the recovery, I don't know the possibilities there, he doesn't know the possibilities, but he wants to give himself that opportunity to challenge himself."Don't forget to follow us on skysports.com/tennis, our Twitter account @skysportstennis & Sky Sports - on the go! Available to download now on - iPhone & iPad and Android .
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India close in on victory over England
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Updates from afternoon session will appear below; India closing in on victory in second Test as England collapse with the bat chasing notional 482 on day four in Chennai; series set to be all square heading into day-night third Test in Ahmedabad from February 24 Last Updated: 16/02/21 7:02am India are closing in on victory in the second Test (Pic credit BCCI) India are close to winning the second Test after England collapsed to 126-9 on day four of the second Test chasing a notional 482 in Chennai. 7:00am: Moeen Ali has decided that if England are going to go down, they are going down swinging. Having taken three sixes in a row off Axar Patel, he adds his fifth sixth of the innings as Ravichandran Ashwin returns to the attack.6:51am: After Moeen takes Kuldeep Yadav's over for 10, Axar completes his five-for on debut as Olly Stone (0) is given out lbw after missing with an attempted sweep. He reviews and it is very close on impact but it stays with umpire's call and he has to go. India just one wicket away now. 6:46am: Captain Joe Root (33) fell early in the second session - caught at slip off an unplayable delivery from Axar that jumps up at him from a full length - after England lost four wickets in the morning.More updates will appear here...India off-spinner Ashwin had Dan Lawrence (26) stumped and Ben Stokes (8) caught to take his number of wickets in the match to eight.Axar then had Ollie Pope (12) caught on the sweep and Kuldeep Yadav dismissed Ben Foakes (2) in the same way as England lost 4-63 in the morning having resumed on 53-3.India vs England scorecardLawrence advanced to Ashwin's first ball of the day, in the seventh over, and was short of his ground as the ball turned between his legs and Rishabh Pant superbly whipped off the bails from outside leg stump. Stokes was then caught by India captain Virat Kohli at slip after inside-edging Ashwin onto his pad, having played for turn that did not materialise, before Surrey duo Pope and Foakes were out to Axar and Kuldeep respectively. Joe Root's side are staring down the barrel in Chennai (pic credit - BCCI) Root - who had begun the day batting with Lawrence after Rory Burns (25), Dom Sibley (3) and nightwatchman Jack Leach (0) were dismissed on day three - was dropped on 32 by Mohammed Siraj after he reverse-swept Kuldeep to backward point, but India finally had their man after lunch. .
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Snooker legend Mountjoy dies at the age of 78
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Doug Mountjoy, who reached a career-high of fifth in the world rankings in 1990, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1993 and subsequently had a lung removed; he continued to play professionally until 1997, however, and went on to become a coach in Dubai and then back home in Wales Last Updated: 15/02/21 1:10pm Welsh snooker legend Doug Mountjoy has died at the age of 78 Two-time former UK champion Doug Mountjoy has died at the age of 78, World Snooker has announced. The Welshman was a regular on the circuit for well over a decade after turning professional on the back of picking up the world amateur title in 1976, reaching the World Championship final in 1981.World Snooker Tour confirmed the news on its Twitter account on Sunday evening, linking to an article quoting Mountjoy's close friend and 1980 world champion Cliff Thorburn, who said: "So sad to hear of Doug Mountjoy's passing today."He was a true champion and gentleman. He had all the shots and the heart of a lion. You knew he was in the room by his laughter and I spent many a happy time with Doug. My sympathies to his family and friends." Other players, past and present, also expressed their sadness on social media.Jimmy White wrote: "Sorry to hear about the loss of a great legend of the sport. Rip Doug Mountjoy." Dennis Taylor said: "Just heard the sad news of the passing of one of our Legends. Doug Mountjoy a very special Welsh man. RIP my dear friend."Ken Doherty wrote: "Very sorry to hear the passing of Doug Mountjoy today, he was a great player and character. My condolences to his family and friends. RIP."Shaun Murphy said: "Sad to hear the passing of Doug Mountjoy. One of Snooker's most memorable faces from Snooker's golden age #ripdoug." RIP Doug Mountjoy. A gentleman and a really nice guy. I remember playing him at the Eccentric Club in st James Just after he won the world amateur champion in 1977. He never missed a ball in over an hour and got invited into the masters when Eddie charlton pulled out.— Barry Hearn (@BarryHearn) February 14, 2021 In a joint statement, World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn and World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association chairman Jason Ferguson said: "Doug was a first and foremost a lovely man, who had great friendships with many players on the tour throughout the 1970s and onwards."He had a fantastic dedication to our sport, he simply loved the game and was always willing to help others to improve, both as a player and later as a coach."On the table he was a fierce competitor and a fine champion who won a multitude of tournaments. His revival late in his career to win two events including the UK Championship was an incredible achievement. "Doug will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him, and our sincere condolences go to his family."For those on the move, we will have the Snooker & Pool season covered via our website skysports.com/more-sports, our app for mobile devices, or our Twitter account @skysportspool for latest news and reports. .
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Sciver: NZ tour chance to build for World Cup defence
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World champions England did not play a 50-over game in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic; England, captained by Heather Knight, to face New Zealand in three ODIs and as many T20s in February and March Last Updated: 15/02/21 10:30am 0:38 Nat Sciver says England are excited to be back playing international cricket again ahead of three ODIs and three T20Is against New Zealand in February and March Nat Sciver says England are excited to be back playing international cricket again ahead of three ODIs and three T20Is against New Zealand in February and March England all-rounder Nat Sciver says the tour of New Zealand provides a welcome opportunity to "build as a team" towards their World Cup title defence next year. Sciver is acting as captain Heather Knight's deputy for the tourists, in the absence of injured fast bowler Anya Shrubsole, ahead of three one-day internationals from February 23, with three Twenty20s following from March 3.England did not play any 50-over cricket in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, which led to the World Cup in New Zealand being postponed until February-March 2022. "When we heard that a lot of the tournaments that were planned had been postponed it was sort of a strange feeling knowing that you would have to motivate yourself in a different way in terms of your training and stuff," Sciver told Sky Sports News."For now, the focus is the [New Zealand] series and being up for that."Having one eye on the World Cup will be important as well. I think being able to build as a team and hopefully be peaking by the time the tournament comes back around." Nat Sciver was part of England's World Cup-winning side in 2017 on home soil Sciver says the squad, who have undergone a 14-day quarantine period since their arrival in New Zealand, are grateful to be playing international cricket.England's whitewash T20 series victory against West Indies in September on home soil was their only international action since their semi-final run at the T20 World Cup in Australia in February and March last year."It's been quite tough getting back into the slightly longer format of the game," added Sciver, who top-scored with 75 from 74 balls in their first warm-up game in Queenstown on Sunday. "It's been brilliant to even the chance to come over here and play any cricket really, knowing that some international teams haven't played yet."Just to have that focus again really, something to motivate you when you are training and doing all the things that can be tough. We are in a great spot at the minute."Sciver says the absence of experienced team-mate Shrubsole is a blow but admits it will provide an opportunity for other bowlers to impress."It is a great chance for someone to have an opportunity that they may not have had before," the 28-year-old said. "Natasha Farrant has come back into the squad having missed out over the last few years and showed she has been working really hard while she wasn't in the squad."Equally it gives a chance for those who have been around to give them a chance to open the bowling." .
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Barty on course for home glory I Pegula continues dream run
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Ashleigh Barty stays on course for Australian Open glory as she sets up a quarter-final clash with Czech Karolina Muchova while surprise package Jessica Pegula and Jennifer Brady will meet in an all-American showdown Last Updated: 15/02/21 9:50am Ashleigh Barty continues her stunning form to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open World No 1 Ashleigh Barty continued her quest for Grand Slam glory on home soil at the Australian Open after reaching the quarter-finals for the third straight year. Barty moved into the quarter-finals of her home slam with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Shelby Rogers as she looks to end Australia's 43-year wait for a homegrown champion next Saturday.The top seed is yet to drop a set during the tournament and is a big favourite to reach her first final in Melbourne as the only top-20 player left in her half of the draw. In the last eight she will take on Czech Karolina Muchova who recovered from a shaky start to defeat Belgian 18th seed Elise Mertens 7-6 (7-5) 7-5. Barty vs MuchovaBrady vs PegulaHsieh vs OsakaS Williams vs Halep Jessica Pegula stunned Elina Svitolina to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals Jessica Pegula continued her dream run at this year's tournament as she sunk fifth seed Elina Svitolina to set up an all-American quarter-final against Jennifer Brady.Pegula, the world No 61, dominated the opening set but Svitolina clawed her way back into the match and looked set to gain the ascendency before the American rallied to wrap up an impressive 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory to continue the best Grand Slam run of her career. Pegula, who had failed to go beyond the first round in all but two of her previous eight appearances in the main draw of a Grand Slam, said: "I can't get more confident - it is my best result yet."I was a little tentative in the beginning of the second, and was able to play a couple of good games at the end of the second to get the momentum into the third. I definitely felt like I was sliding off the rails a little bit." Brady said she is excited to be playing her good friend in the quarter-finals and hopes for a big TV audience back home in America."I know the emotions that she's feeling. You feel like you're on cloud nine, definitely. She's playing great tennis. I think we both know each other so well and I'm really looking forward to it. It will be a lot of fun. I think everyone back home in America will be watching, definitely, and there's guaranteed American in the semi-final," she said. Jessica Pegula (far left) is joined by her family on the field of Bills stadium Svitolina admitted struggling to adjust her game to cope with Pegula's game style, which flummoxed the Ukrainian."She has her own game style. She hits the ball quite flat. Of course, she can rally with the spin, but a lot of the time her ball skids, especially on these courts right now," said Svitolina.Pegula is the daughter of NFL's Buffalo Bills and NHL's Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula.In 2014, Terry Pegula outbid rival suitors Donald Trump and Bon Jovi to purchase NFL franchise the Buffalo Bills for $1.4 billion dollars - three years after he secured the Buffalo Sabres for $189m. 0:48 Jessica Pegula attributes her success to the Buffalo Bills and quarterback Josh Allen after earning her spot in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open Jessica Pegula attributes her success to the Buffalo Bills and quarterback Josh Allen after earning her spot in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open Pegula feels she has learnt so much after spending time with Bills' quarterback Josh Allen, calling him a "gamer" as well as applauding the competitive attitude the 24-year-old shows on the field."It's been pretty cool to see what Josh has been able to do. Obviously the team got better around him. Even last year when he wasn't playing that well, I was like, I like this kid. I loved his competitive spirit. He was a gamer. He just wanted to win. That's something you love to see. It's definitely something I think I tried to take into my game a little bit, even watching the team getting that grit, that competitive attitude, having that mindset," said world No 61, Pegula."In tennis, it's like 90 per cent sometimes of the matches. I think it's been really cool to watch them and kind of channel that energy into how I've been doing." Pegula's coach David Witt spoke about her family, saying they were very supportive and proud of her achievements."All that I know is it's a very close family and they're very supportive," he said. "As far as what they communicate with, I know them, I've met them a few times and spent time around brothers, sisters, fiancé. Everybody is awesome. That helps when everybody is so supportive for her to go out and play." Next up for 26-year-old Pegula will be her former Fed Cup team-mate and last year's US Open semi-finalist Brady, who beat an injury-hampered Donna Vekic 6-1 7-5.Don't forget to follow us on skysports.com/tennis, our Twitter account @skysportstennis & Sky Sports - on the go! Available to download now on - iPhone & iPad and Android .
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Salisbury and Murray stay on collision course
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Joe Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram are the defending Australian Open champions; they are on course to face Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares in the semi-finals; Alfie Hewett reached his first Australian Open final in wheelchair singles By PA Media Last Updated: 15/02/21 8:28am Former ATP Cup team-mates Joe Salisbury and Jamie Murray are on course to meet in the men's doubles tournament at the Australian Open British duo Joe Salisbury and Jamie Murray stayed on course to meet in the semi-finals of the men's doubles at the Australian Open. Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram are the defending champions and the pair, who won their first Grand Slam title a year ago, squeezed through two tie-break sets against Australia's John Peers and Michael Venus of New Zealand 7-6 (4) 7-6 (4).In the last eight, Salisbury and Ram will face Marcus Daniell of New Zealand and Philipp Oswald of Austria. Jamie Murray (right) and Bruno Soares he lifted the trophyin Melbourne five years ago Murray has reunited with Brazilian Bruno Soares, with whom he lifted the trophy in Melbourne five years ago, and the pair are unbeaten so far after winning an ATP Tour title last week.They lost the first set against Italian Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina but fought back to win 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-4.Heather Watson missed the chance to reach the women's doubles quarter-finals with Canadian partner Leylah Fernandez.Watson, who reached the second round of the singles last week, and Fernandez were beaten 6-3 6-2 by Canada's Sharon Fichman and Giuliana Olmos of Mexico. Meanwhile, Alfie Hewett reached his first Australian Open final in wheelchair singles after a 6-3 6-4 victory over top seed Shingo Kunieda.The 23-year-old is going for his fifth Grand Slam singles title having won two titles each at the French Open and US Open.There will be no all-British final, though, after Gordon Reid lost 4-6 7-5 6-3 to Joachim Gerard in the other semi-final.Reid and Hewett will go for a fifth consecutive slam title in doubles, with the pair battling to a 6-1 4-6 10-7 victory over Kunieda and Gustavo Fernandez. At the Phillip Island Trophy, the WTA event taking place alongside the Australian Open, Francesca Jones was beaten 6-1 6-4 by Romania's Patricia Maria Tig in the second round.Don't forget to follow us on skysports.com/tennis, our Twitter account @skysportstennis & Sky Sports - on the go! Available to download now on - iPhone & iPad and Android .
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Nadal into quarter-finals I Medvedev sets up all-Russian clash
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Rafael Nadal, who is chasing a record 21st Grand Slam title, will face either Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas or Italian ninth seed Matteo Berrettini in the last eight while Andrey Rublev joins Daniil Medvedev and qualifier Aslan Karatsev in the quarter-finals in the same Grand Slam Last Updated: 15/02/21 7:30am Rafael Nadal swept aside Fabio Fognini at the Australian Open Rafael Nadal stayed on course for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title after sweeping aside Fabio Fognini to reach his 13th Australian Open quarter-final on Monday. World No 2 Nadal dominated flamboyant Italian Fognini to reach a 43rd Grand Slam quarter-final and move ever closer to overtaking Roger Federer for a 21st slam trophy.Nadal came into the tournament with a back injury but declared after his third-round win over Cameron Norrie that it had finally started to improve. He has now reached the last eight without dropping a set.Fognini, who came from two sets down to beat Nadal at the US Open in 2015, led by a break in the second set but lacked the discipline to really challenge the second seed, who eased to a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory. Daniil Medvedev set up a quarter-finals meeting with his compatriot and good friend Andrey Rublev Daniil Medvedev brushed aside Mackenzie McDonald 6-4 6-2 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time and extend his winning streak to 18 matches.The fourth-seeded Russian needed just one hour and 29 minutes to progress, ending McDonald's remarkable run less than two years after a career-threatening hamstring injury, and set up a last-eight meeting with his compatriot and good friend Andrey Rublev.Medvedev said in his on-court interview: "It was a great match - I was hitting the ball great, I was serving great and I finished in one-thirty which is important because in the late stages of a Grand Slam you want to make fast matches." Rublev advanced to a fourth Grand Slam quarter-final and joins two other Russians in the last eight. It's the first time in the Open era that three Russian men have reached this stage at a Grand Slam tournament Medvedev's winning streak includes victories over Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, and titles at the ATP Finals, Paris Masters and most recently the ATP Cup as a mainstay of the Russian team.Rublev, the seventh seed, cruised through the first set against Norway's Casper Ruud but was made to fight for the second, in which Ruud served for the set at 5-3.However with Rublev leading 6-2 7-6 (7-3), Ruud, who had briefly received treatment midway through the second set, abruptly announced his retirement from the match. A third Russian, qualifier Aslan Karatsev will play Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the last four on Tuesday.Don't forget to follow us on skysports.com/tennis, our Twitter account @skysportstennis & Sky Sports - on the go! Available to download now on - iPhone & iPad and Android .
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Djokovic: Continuing Aus Open ‘a gamble’
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Novak Djokovic allayed his pre-match fears over an abdominal injury to maintain his perfect record against Milos Raonic and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday; 33-year-old targeting an 18th Grand Slam title Last Updated: 14/02/21 4:13pm Novak Djokovic said after his third-round win against Taylor Fritz he feared he had suffered an abdominal strain Novak Djokovic admits he is risking damage to his body by continuing his Australian Open title defence. The top seed sustained an abdominal injury during his third-round win against Taylor Fritz on Friday and his scheduled last-16 match against 14th seed Milos Raonic was in doubt.However, after practising at Melbourne Park on Sunday, he beat the big-serving Canadian 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-1 6-4 to move into the quarter-finals. Djokovic admitted in his on-court interview that he would have pulled out of any tournament other than a Grand Slam but his condition was good enough to continue his pursuit of a ninth title in Melbourne and 18th overall major.The 33-year-old later declined to confirm whether he had suffered a muscle tear as he suspected after his victory against Fritz two days earlier."Mentally I think you have to accept that I did come into the match knowing that I'll probably feel pain all the way through, which was the case," Djokovic said."But the level of the pain was bearable, so I could actually play. And it was kind of going on and off a little bit during the match."Djokovic became the second player after Roger Federer to win 300 Grand Slam matches as he maintained his perfect record against Raonic in the pair's 12th encounter. "Most likely I won't be training tomorrow and just, again, going back to recovery routine and hoping that things will get better," he added."It's kind of a gamble, that's what the medical team told me. It's really unpredictable, you can't know what's going to happen with you once you're on the court."It could cause much more damage than it is at the moment, but it also could go in a good direction. So that's something that I don't know, and I don't think I will also know until I stop taking painkillers."As long as I'm with high dose of painkillers, I still can bear some of the pain. But the tricky thing with the painkillers is that they kind of hide what's really happening in there, so you might not feel it, but then the big damage might be done."But I'm fine with whatever is happening post-tournament because I'm going to take time off to heal properly before I step on the court again."I have talked a lot with my own medical team and also the medical team of the Australian Open. They all share the opinion that there is a slight, very slight, chance that I will make a significant damage that would take me out of the tour for some extended period of time. "But they don't think it's going to be very significantly worse that it's going to jeopardise my entire season."Don't forget to follow us on skysports.com/tennis, our Twitter account @skysportstennis & Sky Sports - on the go! Available to download now on - iPhone & iPad and Android .
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Djokovic defies abdominal injury fears to beat Raonic
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Novak Djokovic, chasing a record-extending ninth men’s singles title in Melbourne and third in a row, beats Canadian 14th seed Milos Raonic to reach Australian Open quarter-finals; defending champion to face Alexander Zverev on Tuesday Last Updated: 14/02/21 1:41pm Novak Djokovic is an eight-time champion at the Australian Open Defending champion Novak Djokovic defied his pre-match fears over an abdominal injury to maintain his perfect record against Milos Raonic and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals. The world No 1 skipped practice on Saturday after suffering what he described as a muscle tear on his right side during his five-set victory against American Taylor Fritz on Friday.But Djokovic, chasing a record-extending ninth men's singles title in Melbourne and third in a row, beat the Canadian 14th seed 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-1 6-4 in their 12th meeting after a largely uninhibited performance on the Rod Laver Arena. The 33-year-old Serbian will meet Alexander Zverev in the last eight on Tuesday after the German overcame 23rd seed Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.Djokovic began the match moving freely and it was Raonic who saved break points at 3-3 and 4-4, before the top seed began grimacing and touching his abdominal muscles in discomfort.But the 17-time Grand Slam champion sealed the first set in a tiebreak after 56 minutes following a series of unforced errors from the Raonic racket.After both players traded opportunities to break early in the second set, Raonic underwent a medical timeout for an issue to his right ankle when trailing 1-2.Raonic resumed to promptly seal the first break of the match and remained resolute on serve to win just his fourth ever set against the tournament favourite.Djokovic overcame the setback to claim a double break lead as he raised his level to clinch the third set in just 29 minutes.Raonic then showed good resolve to stave off two break points early in the fourth set but Djokovic sealed the crucial break of serve after a backhand error from his opponent to lead 5-4 and he closed out victory on his first match point. More to follow...Don't forget to follow us on skysports.com/tennis, our Twitter account @skysportstennis & Sky Sports - on the go! Available to download now on - iPhone & iPad and Android .
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