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Djokovic survives Gilles Simon scare to progress at #AusOpen

Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived a scare against Gilles Simon to reach the last eight of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Five-time champion Djokovic made 100 unforced errors but finally prevailed 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 6-3 after four hours and 32 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic, 28, is through to his 27th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final.

The Serb plays Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the last eight after the seventh seed beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-2 6-4.

Nishikori broke Tsonga’s serve five times while the Frenchman hit eight double-faults in a flat display.

“Today was one of the best matches I’ve had this week,” said 28-year-old Nishikori, a US Open finalist in 2014.

“I’m surprised that I broke him early every set. I was returning well, so that made it tough for him to have a good serve all the time.

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