MELBOURNE, Jan 25 — Novak Djokovic shipped another masterclass at the Australian Open up today to thump fifth seed Andrey Rublev 6-1 6-2 6-4 and achieve the semi-finals at Melbourne Park wherever he is bidding for a record-extending 10th crown and 22nd Grand Slam title.
Djokovic qualified Rublev’s forehand and second provide with venomous returns in windy conditions on Rod Laver Arena and went forward 3-1 in the initial set after the Russian fifth seed double-faulted on breakpoint and the Serbian pulled absent from there.
After getting the guide in the match with a excellent backhand crosscourt winner, Djokovic confirmed how really hard he is to beat on the grandest phase despite a strapped thigh because of to a hamstring difficulty after the fourth seed broke in the fifth sport of the next established.
He performed exquisitely to conserve a breakpoint in the next video game and let out a large roar before heading on to double his gain in the contest immediately after a discouraged Rublev unloaded on his mentor in the stands pursuing a different double fault.
Djokovic pounced early in the up coming established with Rublev appearing bereft of strategies and a seventh quarter-remaining defeat at a big looming, as the previous number one particular closed out a convincing win on serve to established up a previous-four assembly with American Tommy Paul. — Reuters