Novak Djokovic, a nine-time winner, has advanced to his eleventh Australian Open semifinal. In under two hours and three minutes, Novak defeated Andrey Rublev at Rod Laver Arena, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic, who is now two behind Roger Federer, will play in his 44th Major semifinal.
With his victory over Andrey, Novak matches Andre Agassi’s record of consecutive victories in Melbourne and hopes to surpass it when he plays Tommy Paul in the following round. Djokovic held the advantage the entire match because to his serving and pressure on Rublev’s return.
In the exchanges, Novak targeted Andrey’s backhand with his serves and pushed the opponent’s forehand to its maximum. Thanks to his first shot and the opening groundstroke on the serve and return, the Serb made the key difference in the shortest range up to four strokes.
To maintain control of the scoreboard and win the match, Novak saved all five break points and five times stole the opponent’s serve.
At the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic has already advanced to the semifinals.
In the opening set, Novak recorded 12 winners, two unforced errors, and two break points while fending off two break attempts.
He defeated Andrey convincingly 6-1 in 39 minutes, breaking him twice in a row. In order to avoid falling behind right away in the match’s second game, Rublev saved a break point. In the fourth game, he jumped out to a 40-15 lead before Djokovic battled back and took the lead following the opponent’s double fault.
After forcing Andrey’s error in game five, Novak hit an ace to secure the lead and provided another break at 4-1. In game seven, Djokovic had two break points when serving the opening point. The Serb stopped them and won the set 6-1 to give himself a tremendous lift.
In the second set, Novak saved all three break points and broke Andrey again to prolong his run and get closer to the finish line. The Russian continued to play until 2-2, already exerting more effort than in the first game. In order to clinch a break and gain the upper hand, Djokovic forced Rublev’s error in the fifth game.
In the following game, a nine-time champion saved two break points and then broke again at 4-2 when his helpless opponent committed a double fault. At 5-2 in the set, Novak served for it but had some difficulty. He even faced a break point and couldn’t convert four set points.
On his fifth set point, the Serb converted a service winner to take a 6-1, 6-2 lead in an hour and 23 minutes. At the beginning of the third set, Rublev suffered a further blow when he played a horrible volley on Djokovic‘s third break point, furthering his deficit.
With a service winner, Novak won game two. In game three, he produced another break opportunity. In order to prevent a total catastrophe, Andrey intervened and brought the game home. Djokovic won game four with an ace and held in game six following a fortunate net cord winner with a score of 4-2.
In game eight, Novak held at 15 to maintain his lead, forcing Andrey to serve to stay in the match. Rublev delivered a good hold to close the gap and maintain his competitiveness. At 5-4, Djokovic served for the win and won it by holding at love to advance to his eleventh Australian Open semi-final.