In the second week of Melbourne, Novak Djokovic works like the most well-oiled machine, as he sovereignly and quickly eliminated Andrej Rubljev 6:1, 6:2 and 6:4 in the quarterfinals. American Tommy Paul now stands on the way to the final.
Djokovic was supreme, losing only seven games. On the first serve, he won as much as 80 percent of the points, he managed five breaks. You are on the other side Andrei Ruble won five chances to break serve, but always came up short breaks. Novak Djokovic he thus qualified for the semi-finals of Melbourne for the tenth time. So far, he has won all semi-final and final matches in the land ‘down there’.
Tied to 1:1 in the first set…The Serb superbly won his first game on his serve, Ruble but he struggled to get the first game under the roof, which later turned out to be the only one. The fourth seed managed two breaks, in which he proved himself with a patient game. The result was tied several times at 40:40, Đoković won the most crucial points and won the set after 39 minutes with 6:1.
… and in the second to 2:2The second set was just a little bit more even, because it is Ruble held the pace until 3:2, then again lost the opening shot twice in a row, which meant an equally quick end with 6:2. The result looked quite one-sided again, but quite a few games were again tied at 40:40, and the most crucial points again went to the winner of 21 Grand Slams like on a conveyor belt.
In the third set, he immediately succeeded in making a decisive move – he served Rublev already took away in the first game and then calmly brought the advantage to the end.
Djokovic: The result does not show the true picture“I couldn’t be happier with my game. I’m really playing pretty well. I like to play in these conditions, on this pitch. However, I think that the results of the first two sets do not show the true picture of the match. Andrej is an excellent actor. But in every important moment and important shot, I found that real tennis, that’s what makes me happy the mostDjokovic still sees reserves.
Paul made a childhood dream come trueTommy Paul eliminated Ben Shelton in the American quarterfinals, the biggest surprise of the tournament. Paul dominated from the baseline and won 7:6, 6:3, 5:7 and 6:4. “When you start playing tennis, you dream of playing in the second week of a Grand Slam one day, so I can’t believe I finally did it,” Paul was pleased.
The United States has been a tennis powerhouse for decades, but in recent times it has been more modest (at least by its standards). In Melbourne, they now have a semi-finalist for the first time since 2009, and for the first time since 2007, two Americans played against each other in the same quarter-final.
“I’m glad I finished the match. There was not much rhythm, Ben is a really demanding competitor, I have a feeling that he will often find himself on this stage,” Paul praised his compatriot. Shelton played outside the United States for the first time in his life.
Donna Vekić’s problems with the serviceBoth women’s quarterfinals were pretty one-sided. Arina Sabalenka eliminated Donna Vekić 6:3 and 6:2. The first set, which lasted exactly one hour, was more even. The Belarusian led with break advantage (3:1), but Hrvatica came back, after the second break (in the eighth game), however, she failed to do so. The second set was more one-sided, as Vekić had big problems with her serve, with which she only won one game.
Many unforced errors Magda Linette however, she eliminated Karolina Pliškova with 6:3 and 7:5 and thus made it to the last four for the first time in the tournaments of the big four. The Czech made more unforced errors (36:16), of which she made as many as seven double faults.
Melbourne, Quarter Final
Men:HACHANOV (RUS/18) − KORDA (USA/29) 7:6 (5), 6:3, 3:0, bbCICIPAS (GREECE/3) − LEHECKA (CZECH) 6:3, 7:6 (2), 6:4
ĐOKOVIC (SRB/4) − RUBLES (RUS/5) 6:1, 6:2, 6:4PAUL (USA) − SHELTON (USA) 7:6 (6), 6:3, 5:7, 6:4
Women:A FISHERMAN (KAZ/22) − OSTAPENKO (LAT/17) 6:2, 6:4AZARENKA (BLR/24) − PEGULA (USA/3) 6:4, 6:1
LINETTE (POL) − PLISKOVA (CZECH/30) 6:3, 7:5SABALENKA (BLR/5) − VEKIĆ (Croatian) 6:3, 6:2