‘Flawless’ Novak Djokovic (35, Serbia, world No. 5) took a step forward towards winning his 10th Australian Open career.
Djokovic beat Andrei Rublev (25, Russia, world number 6) 3-0 (6-1 6-2 6) in the men’s singles quarterfinals at the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament held at Melbourne Park Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on the 25th. -4) to complete.
Djokovic extended his Australian Open singles win streak to 26. He was caught by Jung Hyun (27) in the round of 16 of this tournament in 2018. Djokovic, who was suffering from an elbow injury at the time, failed to advance to the quarterfinals after losing to Hyeon Chung.
After that, he did not lose a single match at the Australian Open and continued his winning streak, advancing to the semifinals this year.
Djokovic has reached the top nine times at the Australian Open. Having won the most men’s singles ever in this event, he challenged to win his 10th title last year. However, he could not stand on the court in the end due to the problem of not being vaccinated against the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19).
Returning to the Australian tennis tournament after two years, Djokovic won the first round of the Adelaide International, the opening match of the men’s professional tennis (ATP). He also won the Australian Open, where he reached the semifinals.
Rublev reached the quarterfinals for the second time at this year’s Australian Open. In this tournament, of course, he tried to advance to the first four of the Grand Slam tournament, but he could not overcome Djokovic’s wall.
Djokovic had an advantage against Rublev with 3 wins and 1 loss.
Djokovic, who succeeded in breaking first in the first set 2-1, won the first set easily after taking three games. 먹튀검증
Rublev played an even match up to 2-2 in the second set. However, he was shaken by giving up the 5th game with the right to serve. Djokovic, who quickly won three games and widened the score to 5-2, took the second set 6-2.
Djokovic, who took the lead with a 5-3 lead in the third set, won the set and secured a ticket to the semifinals.
Djokovic suffered a hamstring injury and wore a bandage around his left thigh. However, he succeeded in advancing to the finals by overpowering his opponents throughout the match as if there were no major problems.
Ahead of the quarterfinals, Djokovic’s ‘fake injury’ was on the cutting board of controversy. He often had a hard time with injuries during the game, and it was argued that this flow of the game distracted the opponent’s concentration.
In response, Djokovic refuted, saying, “I have nothing to prove to those who doubt it. I am used to this and it has given me extra strength and motivation.”
Djokovic’s semifinal opponent is Tommy Paul (25, USA, 35th in the world). Paul beat Ben Shelton (20, USA, 85th in the world) 3-1 (7-6 <8-6> 3-6 7-5 6-4) in the quarterfinals held that day.
Paul reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam event for the first time. Prior to this event, his personal best performance in a Grand Slam event was last year’s round of 16 at Wimbledon.
Paul defeated Shelton, who had a strong serve, after a close battle of over three hours. Shelton, who entered the finals of a major tournament for the second time, made a sensation by reaching the quarterfinals. Shelton, who has the advantage of serving at a maximum speed of 228 km/h, recorded a whopping 24 serve aces, but failed to advance to the semifinals due to being pushed back in the match.