Novak Djokovic, outcomes, data, sends a message to his opponents


Novak Djokovic is the plain favorite to take out this yr’s Australian Open title.

The nine-time champion has by no means misplaced the decider at Melbourne Park after making the semi-finals – which he did Wednesday night time by disposing of Andrey Rublev in straight units on Rod Laver Enviornment.

Charging by means of in simply over two hours, Djokovic held each one among his service video games to convincingly win the quarter-final encounter, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

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Remarkably, the Serbian has by no means misplaced a closing or semi-final on the Australian Open and has not been crushed on the event since Hyeong Chung took down the then-No.1 in straight units through the spherical of 18 in 2018.

With the stirring victory, Djokovic additionally broke the report for probably the most consecutive matches received on Rod Laver Enviornment, surpassing Andre Agassi’s earlier mark of 25.

Talking post-match, a upset Rublev confessed it was completely different enjoying the 21-time grand slam winner on Australian soil.

The pair had beforehand met on three events, together with Rublev defeating Djokovic in his hometown of Belgrade within the closing of the Serbian Open final April.

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“Out of 3 times that we have now performed earlier than, at this time he performed a lot better in comparison with our earlier conferences, even in Torino (Italy),” Rublev stated.

“Right this moment, in my view, he was enjoying a lot better. That is it. I do not know what else to say.

“He was serving actually good, returning … He performed rather well at this time.”

After simply clearing his final two opponents, together with Australia’s Alex de Minaur within the fourth spherical, Djokovic stated he was feeling constructive about his subsequent battle.

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“I am unable to actually say that that is as assured as I’ve ever felt as a result of I’ve had some unimaginable seasons [and] years right here on the Australian Open – some matches which might be actually unforgettable for me,” he stated.

“[It’s] robust to match as a result of I have been lucky to actually reside by means of a variety of success on the Australian Open.

“In my final two matches, enjoying towards two guys which might be actually good gamers, in-form gamers – to beat them dominantly in three units is one thing that’s undoubtedly one thing that I need on this second, one thing that sends a message to all my opponents remaining within the draw.

“With this sort of match, after all, the boldness degree rises contemplating the circumstances.

“I really feel good on the courtroom, higher and higher because the event progresses.

“I have been on this scenario so many instances in my life, in my profession. I’ve by no means misplaced a semi closing on the Australian Open.

“Hopefully that may keep the identical.”

Djokovic will subsequent face unseeded American Tommy Paul in his first main semi-final exhibiting.

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