MELBOURNE, Jan 25 — Novak Djokovic sent a further masterclass at the Australian Open up today to thump fifth seed Andrey Rublev 6-1 6-2 6-4 and access the semi-finals at Melbourne Park where he is bidding for a report-extending 10th crown and 22nd Grand Slam title.
Djokovic focused Rublev’s forehand and second serve with venomous returns in windy disorders on Rod Laver Arena and went forward 3-1 in the to start with set soon after the Russian fifth seed double-faulted on breakpoint and the Serbian pulled absent from there.
Right after using the direct in the match with a brilliant backhand crosscourt winner, Djokovic showed how challenging he is to conquer on the grandest phase regardless of a strapped thigh owing to a hamstring situation soon after the fourth seed broke in the fifth sport of the next established.
He played exquisitely to help you save a breakpoint in the future game and enable out a big roar in advance of going on to double his advantage in the contest immediately after a annoyed Rublev unloaded on his mentor in the stands adhering to a further double fault.
Djokovic pounced early in the upcoming established with Rublev showing bereft of tips and a seventh quarter-final defeat at a major looming, as the previous selection just one shut out a convincing get on serve to set up a very last-four meeting with American Tommy Paul. — Reuters