VIDEO: Novak Djokovic produces sumptuous volleyed lob winner against Alexander Zverev

Novak Djokovic produced one of the most creative winners you are likely to see in his Australian Open win over Alexander Zverev.

The world number one was at the net and appeared to be vulnerable to a pass, yet he somehow managed to get out of jail with a sumptuous volleyed lob.

It came at a crucial time too, and helped him overcome a deficit to take the pivotal third set in the match.

“Until the last blow, the game belonged to anyone, the game could be won by anyone,” Djokovic said afterwards.

“There was a lot of nerves, a lot of pressure. Emotionally, I feel a little exhausted, honestly. It was a great battle.

“After the first set, I felt like I started to move better, to play better: I served extremely well.

“I hit a few more aces than Zverev (23-21). It’s a miracle for me when I play against a great server like Sascha.”

Although the Australian Open started with fans in the stands, they have been missing for the last few days due to a circuit-breaker coronavirus lockdown in Melbourne.

They are due back for the semi-finals, though, and Djokovic is happy to welcome them.

“Of course I want the crowd back,” he said. “At the end of the day we are entertainers.

“I hope they are back in the stands in a couple of days.”

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