Australian Open: Novak Djokovic ends Karatsev’s dream


Eight-time champion Novak Djokovic mentioned he was peaking simply on the proper time Thursday after ending the dream run of Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev to achieve his ninth Australian Open remaining. 
The Serb, 33, displaying no ill-effects from an stomach damage sustained within the third spherical, overwhelmed the 114th-ranked Karatsev 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in a single hour and 53 minutes to achieve his twenty eighth Grand Slam remaining. 
Aslan Karatsev
“This is the perfect I’ve felt in all the match,” mentioned Djokovic, who hit 30 winners and 17 aces. “I might swing via the ball. No ache. The finest match thus far.” He added: “Couldn’t be higher timing for me to play my finest tennis.” 
Djokovic, who has by no means misplaced an Australian Open remaining, is one win away from his 18th Grand Slam trophy, snapping on the heels of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who’re on 20. 
In his means might be fourth seed Daniil Medvedev or Nadal’s conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas, the fifth seed, who play their semi-final on Friday. “I’m going to take the popcorn and revel in it,” he mentioned. “I completely have zero desire.” “I’m prepared for the hardest match of the match… each of those guys are in nice type,” he added.
 “Medvedev is enjoying extraordinarily prime quality. He is the participant to beat. “Tsitsipas produced some phenomenal tennis in opposition to Rafa. “He’s positively stepping into the proper path. He has no holes in his sport.”
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