Novak Djokovic reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday. The world number one defeated the American Taylor Fritz after an exciting start in four sets: 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2 and 6-3. In the semi-final battle he meets Jannik Sinner.
The 36-year-old Djokovic and the ten-year-younger Fritz (ATP-12) were evenly matched in the first set, as evidenced by the first game, which lasted fifteen minutes. Fritz got two set points with a 6-5 lead, but was unable to use them. Djokovic struck in the tiebreak.
In the second act, Djokovic immediately gave away his own serve, after which Fritz won the set. The American cleared fifteen break points at the beginning of the match, but capitulated to Djokovic at the sixteenth chance in the third set.
After that, Fritz’s resistance was broken in the Rod Laver Arena. Djokovic broke his opponent twice in both the third and fourth sets. After almost four hours, the 24-time Grand Slam winner used his first match point.
Djokovic has been undefeated in Melbourne for years
Djokovic is undefeated in Melbourne for 33 matches in a row. His last defeat dates back to 2018, when South Korean Chung Hyeon defeated him. In 2022, when Rafael Nadal won the title, Djokovic was absent because he refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Djokovic is hunting for his eleventh Australian Open title. The Serbian will play in the semi-final against Sinner, who was too strong for Andrey Rublev later on Tuesday. The world number four defeated the global number five 6-4, 7-6 (5) and 6-3.
Sinner, who has not lost a set this tournament, is in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the second time. The last time was at Wimbledon last year. Then Djokovic kept him out of the final.
The other semifinalists at the Australian Open have not yet been announced. With Hubert Hurkacz-Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev-Carlos Alcaraz, there are two more quarter-finals on the program.
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