Novak Djokovic is safely through to the semi-finals of The Australian Open once again.
The defending champion who is on an incredible eleven match winning streak this year was far from his very best but good enough to extend his winning record to 10-0 against Milos Raonic.
Far from his best is a fair assessment of the performance from Djokovic.
It could have been much easier for Djokovic in the first set which for the opening nine games was a bit of grind. During the set Djokovic saw nine break points but it was only at the very depth of the first set when he took it on Raonic’ serving at 4-5.
If anything it is very Novak like when he isn’t at his best to then come up with something at pivotal time to take the first set.
A bit of a dip and frustration followed for Raonic and his level began to drop, an early break for Novak set the tone and the Canadian began to struggle more with his second serve and his presence at the net.
I was impressed in the third set as to have Raonic stuck at it, he caused Novak issues but the defending champion was having some issues himself.
At a late point in the third set with them level he headed off court for a medical time out and seemed to be having an issue with his eyes and something to do with a light on the court.
You could Novak was bothered but in the eleventh game at 5-5 he began to become an irritant on the baseline for Raonic in a game lasting over 10 minutes saving four break points.
Minutes later a tie-break would then either extend the match or bring it to it’s conclusion.
A forehand into the net from Raonic gifted the first point to Djokovic who won 5 of the first 6 points and in the set won 9 of the last 10 to take a 5-1 lead in the tie-break.
6-3 6-4 7-6 for Djokovic.
A muted celebration but an 12th consecutive win in Melbourne.