Djokovic eliminates ‘customer’ Fritz in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic is in the semi-finals of Australian Open 2024! The Serbian tennis player, current champion of the tournament, defeated the American Taylor Fritz by 3 sets to 1 in the quarterfinals of the Australian Grand Slam and ended the daytime session (played during the early hours of Brazil) at Rod Laver Arena, center court at Melbourne Park.

World number 1, Djokovic expanded his parish against Fritz, who occupies 12th position in the ATP. It was the 9th meeting between the tennis players on the circuit, and the Serbian continues with 100% success. The 26-year-old American managed to “steal” just two sets in these 9 duels against Novak, counting today’s match. It was Djokovic’s 3rd victory over Fritz in a Grand Slam, all of them in the quarterfinals (Australian Open 2021 and US Open 2023).

The current Australian Open champion, who has broadcast of all courts by ESPN on Star+, reached yet another impressive milestone. With the triumph over the American, Djokovic now has 700 victories on hard courts, only Roger Federer, with 783, has more games won on that surface since the beginning of the Open Era in 1968.

Fritz’s defeat has a bitter taste not only for the tennis player but for US tennis in general. In addition to the California-born player not being able to break his fast against Djokovic, the title drought major of an American male tennis player also continues. The last time an American won a men’s Grand Slam singles was in 2003 at the US Open when Andy Roddick lifted the trophy. This is the longest fast in the history of US tennis.

The 9th meeting between Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz started with an “eternal” game. The American tennis player needed 16 minutes to confirm the service. After that, the 1st set remained balanced with Djokovic having 8 break points to break the world number 12, but without being able to capitalize on any of them. The partial was decided only in the tie-break, and the leader of the ranking took the 1st set with 7 to 3 after one hour and 24 minutes.

In the 2nd set, Fritz reacted and managed to break his rival’s serve in the 1st game of the partial. With a lot of effort and playing hard, the American managed to maintain the advantage and tied the match after closing the set 6-4 in 59 minutes.

Djokovic, however, returned to the match flying and broke the “customer’s” serve at the beginning of the 3rd set. The owner of 24 Slam titles raised the bar, and Frtiz couldn’t keep up. With another break at the end of the partial, Novak took the 3rd set 6-2 in 38 minutes with just one unforced error.

In the 4th set, the match became more balanced again, until Djokovic took advantage of some unforced errors from Fritz in the 6th game and took a 4-2 lead. Then, the American even returned the break in the next game, but Novak managed it in the next sequence. once break the American. After an exchange of breaks, there was no turning back, the current champion closed the partial 6-3 and won the match in 3 hours and 45 minutes.

With the victory, Djokovic advances to the semifinals and now awaits the winner of the duel between Andrey Rublev and Jannik Sinner, who will face each other in the morning of this Tuesday (23) with Star+ ESPN broadcast. The 36-year-old Serbian tennis player also extends his streak of 33 victories at the Australian Open and ties the Slam record in the Open Era held by Monica Seles in the 90s. Among men, Novak is already the record holder in this regard.

The defending champion has qualified for his 11th career Australian Open semi-final and, every time he has reached this stage, he has finished the Happy Slam with the title.

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