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Novak Djokovic Qualifies for Australian Open Semi-Finals

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Serbian star Novak Djokovic qualified for his 10th Australian Open semi-final on Wednesday After defeating world No. 6 Andrei Rublev of Russia 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in just over two hours.

American Tommy Paul (N. 35) will be Djokovic’s next opponent as he leaves Melbourne with the title each time he reaches the semi-finals of this Grand Slam.

With his left foot problem forgotten and still nasty bandaged, the Serb once again proved intractable at Rod Laver Arena. The track he wants to match Spain’s Rafael Nadal’s 22nd Grand Slam on Sunday.

“I love playing on this track in these conditions. .

Limping during the first week’s match, the Serb said from the first moment that he Djokovic was run over by local idol Alex de Mignard just two days ago.

Unruly on serve, the ‘Joker’ with up to 14 ‘Aces’ made Rublev’s life impossible, reacting to his powerful serve and putting him in a long rally that the Russians struggled to win. dragged in.

Rublev struggled to hold his first serve, but then gave in. With “Deuce” and 2-1 on the scoreboard, he hit a forehand with the shaft of his racket and committed a double fault. Two games later, he gave up serving again.

Rublev refined his first serve in the second set, but Djokovic didn’t miss it, quickly going 0-40 at 2-2 and finally harassing his rival with a deep shot that sent a backhand into the net. bottom.

With two break points in the next game, there was little problem with Russia’s reaction. With the final serve and reversal of the rally that seemed to have lost, Djokovic saved them to Rublev’s despair when he complained to the judges about the time it took between the Serbs’ serves.

Confused, he lost the next game to a double fault, venting his anger with a few right whips but couldn’t save the set.

“The scores in the first two sets don’t reflect the reality of the match,” Djokovic said, taking advantage of an early break in the third set to hold the lead until the end.

Source: Diario.Elmundo

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