Novak Djokovic delivered some other masterclass on the Australian Open on Wednesday to thump 5th seed Andrey Rublev 6-1 6-2 6-4 and reach the semi-finals at Melbourne Park the place he’s bidding for a record-extending tenth crown and twenty second Grand Slam identify.
Djokovic focused Rublev’s forehand and 2nd serve with venomous returns in windy stipulations on Rod Laver Arena and went forward 3-1 within the first set after the Russian 5th seed double-faulted on breakpoint and the Serbian pulled clear of there.
After taking the lead within the fit with a super backhand crosscourt winner, Djokovic confirmed how onerous he’s to beat at the grandest degree in spite of a strapped thigh due to a hamstring factor after the fourth seed broke within the 5th sport of the second one set.
He performed exquisitely to save a breakpoint within the subsequent sport and set free an enormous roar earlier than happening to double his merit within the contest after a annoyed Rublev unloaded on his trainer within the stands following some other double fault.
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Djokovic pounced early within the subsequent set with Rublev showing bereft of concepts and a 7th quarter-final defeat at a significant looming, as the previous primary closed out a resounding win on serve to arrange a last-four assembly with American Tommy Paul.
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