Novak Djokovic has taken a surprisingly salty swipe at Alex de Minaur after crushing the Australian in their fourth-round showdown on Monday night.
Djokovic made a statement that he is a force to be reckoned with at Melbourne Park, blowing de Minaur away 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in two hours and six minutes.
Djokovic demolished the No. 22 seed for the loss of just five games to sweep into the last eight and step up his bid for a 10th Melbourne crown, and record-tying 22nd major title in all.
He will meet fifth seed Andrey Rublev for a semi-final berth after the Russian toppled Danish teenager Holger Rune in a thrilling five-set clash.
Djokovic sent de Minaur a brutal message in his on-court interview after the match — and was even more bitter when speaking to journalists in his post-match press conference.
His comment came after he was baited by a journalist with a question around comments de…