Novak Djokovic once again made it clear that his desire to be the winningest tennis player in history is still intact and took the ticket to the tenth Australian Open final of his career: he beat the American Tommy Paul 7-5, 6-1 and 6-2 in two hours and twenty minutes of action to reach the last instance of the first Grand Slam of the season.
Stéfanos Tsitsipas qualified for the semifinal of the Australian Open, made a proposal to actress Margot Robbie and surprised the entire stadium
The Greek tennis player took advantage of his stay in the country of Oceania to invite the Australian artist to witness one of his matches
The Serbian, current 5th in the ranking, is the top winner of this event and pursues the desire to match Rafael Nadal’s line as the tennis players with the most Grand Slam titles in history. The Spaniard, who left this tournament in the second round with an injury, has 22 of the most important crowns (14 Roland Garros, 4 US Open, 2 Wimbledon and 2 Australian Open), while Nole has 21 in his showcases (9 Australian Open, 7 Wimbledon, 3 US Open and 2 Roland Garros).
The stumbling block in the path of the 35-year-old Serbian will be the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who eliminated Russian Karen Khachanov in the other semifinal with a 7-6, 6-4, 6-7 and 6-3 that lasted almost three hours. and a half. The detail? Whoever wins will take the Grand Slam title but also the number 1 in the world.
* Stefanos Tsitsipas’ victory over Karen Khachanov
Djokovic swept Andrey Rubley in straight sets to move into the Australian Open semifinals
The Serbian needed just over two hours to defeat his Russian counterpart 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. In the next round he will collide with the American Tommy Paul, surprise of the contest
In the case of Nole, it was the first match against this 25-year-old American tennis player who is ranked 35th in the ATP ranking and has just climbed to his best position (28) just a few weeks ago. In his history, only one final shines, which also meant his only crown: the ATP 250 in Stockholm in 2021.
The detail to understand the level that Djokovic is having in his favorite Grand Salm can be noted with a statistic: he lost a single set in six presentations. He prevailed in straight sets against Roberto Carballés Baena (6-3, 6-4 and 6-0), Grigor Dimitrov (7-6, 6-3 and 6-4), Alex de Minaur (6-2, 6-1 and 6-2), Andrey Rublev (6-1, 6-2 and 6-4) and this game against Paul. The only one who managed to put a mystery to the match was the Frenchman Enzo Couacaud, who came from the qualy and in the second round he won a set 7-6, but lost the rest (6-1, 6-2 and 6-0 for Djokovic ).
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The Serbian was upset by the doubts that are generated around his physical problems during the tournament
Tsitsipas maintained his unbeaten record against the Russian Khachanov (ranked 20) and beat him for the sixth time in his career, although this was the first Grand Slam celebration. The 4 in the world had just won the quarterfinals over the Czech Jiri Lehecka (6-3, 7-6 and 6-4), although he had previously taken the Italian Jannik Sinner (6-4, 6-4, 3) out of the way. -6, 4-6 and 6-3), the Dutch Tallon Griekspoor (6-2, 7-6 and 6-3), the Australian Rinky Hijikata (6-3, 6-0 and 6-2) and the French Quentin Halys (6-3, 6-4 and 7-6).
Winner of 9 titles in his career, this 24-year-old Greek has yet to lift one of the four most important crowns on the circuit. Among the 15 lost finals that he records is that of Roland Garros 2021, when he succumbed to Djokovic himself in the stellar match with a 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4 in one day unforgettable.
It will be the 13th meeting between the two in a history that the Serbian dominates with a 10-2 in his favor. The last time they met was in the recent ATP Finals with the celebration of Nole, who won the last nine games in a row. Stefanos’s last celebration against this rival was at the 2019 Shanghai Masters 1000.
The great seasoning that this Sunday’s confrontation will have will be that the 1 in the world will be at stake: the winner will climb to the top of the ATP ranking. Carlos Alcaraz –currently number 1– did not show up for this contest due to an injury, while Nadal (2) and Casper Ruud (3) said goodbye in the second round, leaving the highest position open for the Greek or the Serbian if they were champions. .
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