Nole books semi-final spot in Melbourne! – Novak Djokovic

Nole is thru to the Australian Open semis!

World no.1 Novak Djokovic battled previous no.12 seed Taylor Fritz 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday night in Melbourne to seal a semi-final berth for the eleventh time on the hard-court Main occasion.

It was an entertaining and thrilling conflict. Novak gained the opening set in a tie-break, after saving two break/set factors within the ninth recreation.

Fritz grabbed the second set after an early break to degree the competition.

Djokovic missed out on his first 15 break factors in Rod Laver Area. The ten-time Melbourne titlist finally capitalised on his two break probabilities within the third set and regained management.

As soon as Novak hit the highest gear, Fritz couldn’t do a lot, although he fought till the tip. The 2 had traded breaks as soon as within the fourth set, earlier than the no.1 seed made a vital break to like, wrapping up the victory in three hours and 45 minutes.

“I suffered loads within the first couple of units, additionally on account of his high-quality tennis,” Djokovic mentioned in his on-court interview. “He was serving nicely, he was staying near the road, he was form of suffocating me from the again of the courtroom. I used to be enjoying a lot of the rallies on my again foot. It was actually troublesome to seek out the proper timing. It was extraordinarily sizzling whereas the solar was nonetheless on the market. Bodily very draining, emotionally as nicely. On the finish of the day, I managed to interrupt him when it mattered, within the third and fourth. I upped my recreation halfway via the third set, all the best way to the tip.”

Match statistics: aces (20-16), double faults (3-2), winners (52-63), unforced errors (26-39), whole factors gained (148-121).

Novak will play in opposition to no.4 seed Jannik Sinner on Friday for a spot within the grand remaining (4-2 H2H file). The Italian raced previous Andrey Rublev (RUS, 5) in straight units.

Photograph: AP

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