Australian Open: Novak Djokovic beats Gael Monfils to continue injury comeback

Serbia's Novak Djokovic speaks during a press conference after his loss to South Korea's Hyeon Chung in their men's singles fourth round match on day eight of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

It's the beginning of the season. I just tell him, Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.

"There is a limit - a level of tolerance between being fit and being in danger in terms of health".

Djokovic echoed Monfils' concerns, describing his time on the court as "brutal" and called on organisers to take the players into account when planning the schedule. Last year's Australian Open victor, Roger Federer said. At the end, I was like, Okay, I don't want to rally so much.

"This didn't happen too many times in my career, that I have maybe some tensions in the muscles or whatever, some kind of physical challenges".

'I had a lot of faith and self belief and I know what I'm capable of.

The Australian Open has a heat rule which involves both heat and humidity, stating that "the referee will initiate the Extreme Heat Policy" - and thus suspend play - "once the ambient temperature exceeds 40C and the Wet Bulb index exceeds 32.5C".

Given Monfils had never beaten him in 14 previous attempts, that reads like a routine whistle-stop on Djokovic's huge journey.

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Still, he was back on court to take the next two 6-3 6-3 and will now face Hyeon Chung, who beat Alex Zverev, in the fourth round. He beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Her ranking slid into the 20s in 2017, but she's coming back into the kind of form that won her a title in Sydney last week and makes her a strong contender at Melbourne Park.

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He said: "It was a straight sets win but nearly two and a half hours, it wasn't that easy, I had to earn all of my points". Federer has beaten Gasquet 16 of the 18 times they've played.

In another eye-catching contest between former champions, Angelique Kerber continued her resurgence with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Maria Sharapova.

It's the second year in a row that Zverev has reached the third round.

Federer was asked very late on Thursday night whether he believed the Grand Slams were devoting a sufficient percentage of their revenue to prize money. Last year, he was forced to accept that he had surrendered his invincible aura of the previous two years when he won five majors in quick succession and was clearly the world's best player.

His right elbow was strapped throughout the encounter but did not appear to hamper the 30-year-old, however he needed a medical timeout for attention on his left hip in the second set.

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina serves during his third round match against Tomas Berdych.

Thiem counted 21 aces among his 57 winners in the match with Kudla.

"I'm off to have an ice bath", was all he managed to say after the marathon match.

In another upset, 13th seed, Sam Querrey, was knocked out by Marton Fucsovics, also in four sets 4-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 2-6.

Joining her on the sidelines was Briton's Johanna Konta who fell 4-6, 5-7 to American lucky loser Bernarda Pera. The Spanish superstar is already into the fourth round of play at Melbourne Park.

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