Novak Djokovic earned one of his more hard-fought Rod Laver Arena wins against Frances Tiafoe on Wednesday.

The Serbian top seed saw off the American in four sets, winning 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 in three and a half hours.

Remarkably, Djokovic has still only lost three Australian Open matches in the last decade, with 80 wins coming his way in that time.

And when asked in his post-match interview about why he is so good on Rod Laver Arena, he gave an interesting insight into the secrets of his Melbourne success.

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“I guess when you win a lot on a certain court you feel more comfortable and confident coming each year,” Djokovic said, as broadcast by Eurosport. (7:30am)

“It feel right. It feels like my living room, to be honest.

“I feel very comfortable playing here. It’s only that I’m not sitting in the couch in my living room, I’m running all over the place.

“I think the surface has changed over the years. This is probably the quickest speed of the court I have every played on here in last 15 years.

“If you have a big serve, it helps.”

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Who is up next for Djokovic after Tiafoe win

The 8-time Melbourne winner will face another American in the third round on Friday.

At the time of writing, Reilly Opelka and Taylor Fritz were locked in a fifth set.

Both of those players are huge servers so Djokovic will have to improve his returning game if he’s to avoid any more nervy tie-breakers.

If he reaches the second week, it looks likely to be Milos Raonic – who has been impressive in Australia so far.

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Stan Wawrinka is no longer a potential opponent for Djokovic in round four after he lost a four-hour thriller against Marton Fucsovics.

Alexander Zverev is a possible quarter-final opponent for the Serb, while the semis could see him face Dominic Thiem or even Nick Kyrgios.

That last match-up would certainly be tasty given the Aussie’s recent comments. (Daily Mail)