He looked down and out, but defending champion Novak Djokovic proved why he is number 1 in the world1 with a herculean effort on Friday night

The top seed was apparently physically handicapped by a suspected muscle tear but rallied to hit American youngster Taylor Fritz 7-6 (1) 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-2 at Rod Laver Arena come by

The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who takes an unprecedented ninth title at Melbourne Park, is hoping to recover enough to face Canadian Milos Raonic in the fourth round

“I was just trying to stay there. I was praying and hoping whatever happened there it would feel better,” explained a weary Djokovic

“Towards the end of the fourth movement things improved. I don’t know the third and fourth movements, I just had to take my pictures

“This is definitely one of the most special achievements in my life. It doesn’t matter which round I win forever under such circumstances”

The top seed, channeling his first-round clinical form, forced Fritz to cover every step along the baseline and race to 4: 1 in 17 minutes

The senior American Fritz pulled the trigger and put world # 1 beyond the baseline and an off-kilter Djokovic fired a number of end faces to give up his advantage

Always the perfectionist, the eight-time champion was furious for relinquishing the lead and retaliated in a typical tie-breaker

Fritz rattled a forehand pass across the net, but Djokovic’s elasticity was fully demonstrated when he untied a sensational volley cross-court from his laces that set the tone when world number 1 played a top drawer -Selection of seven points

The computer game recordings kept coming from Djokovic and paused immediately before breaking a 65-second hold to make it 2-0

The flat, sizzling Fritz faces did the damage. In response, Djokovic returned to basics with relentless punches, launching a gladiatorial game on the stands after saving a number of breakpoints for 3-1

Die Welt NrIch was forced to fall back on his extensive experience and self-described “muscle memory” from previous victories in Melbourne Park

Fritz blocked, loaded and started every shot at full power, but Djokovic escaped with a handle to love a two-sentence lead

Unfortunately, Djokovic slipped while saving more holdover points and appeared to pinch a muscle in his core.The Serb grimaced after being shot and was restricted in his movement He couldn’t absorb the Fritz firepower

The 23-year-old, who has not yet reached a great second week, was looking for a monumental shock when he forced a decision maker with clutch play

Somehow, Djokovic from somewhere found the physical and mental resources to keep competing and shot a forehand ball down the line to take a look at the corner of the court, a sensational shot given the circumstances for a decisive one 4-2 lead

Moments later, when the match point was converted, the arms were outstretched, a monster boomed around, and emotions poured out after an archetypal, dogged Djokovic display

“I was just trying to focus on what’s going on with an injury. Right now I know it’s a muscle tear,” admitted the top seed, who has an 11-0 record against Raonic,

“I don’t know if I can recover from this in two days. I don’t know if I’ll go to court or not. I’m just proud of this achievement tonight Let’s see what happens ”

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