Thursday, February 25

Djokovic will defend his champion title in Australia

  • The world No. 1 will seek his ninth title in Melbourne after ditching surprising Russian tennis player Aslan Karatsev.

Novak Djokovic has not missed the opportunity to access the final of the Australian Open to opt for his ninth title and the 18th Grand Slam of his record to get closer to the 20 great titles they have Rafael Nadal Y Roger Federer, eliminated and absent, respectively in Melbourne,

Aslan karatsevRevelation of the tournament, world number 114 and who had reached the semifinals since the previous phase, he could not give more surprises against the world number 1 when he was defeated by 6-3, 6-4 and 6-2.

The 27-year-old Russian tennis player, unknown to the general public t habitual of second division tournaments of the ATP circuit, has shown why he had previously eliminated the Argentine on the road Diego schwartzman (9 of the world), to the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (19) and Bulgarian Grigor dimitrov (twenty-one).

Complicated momentsDjokovic he has found himself facing an opponent he had never seen play. A physically strong tennis player, in a sweet moment of play, of powerful strokes, imaginative and brave, who has stood up to him, as soon as he has adapted to the Rod Laver Arena, again with spectators in the stands after five days of confinement for a covid outbreak in Melbourne.

The Russian tennis player has managed to break Djokovic in the second set for the first time with a 5-2 advantage for the world number 1. Karatsev He has closed the gap to 5-4 with a great game that has encouraged the 7,000 fans who were on the track and that has forced Djokovic to the limit until he managed to win the set.

That second set was the most difficult moment for Djokovic and he celebrated it with a shout after achieving it. Karatsev I was pushing a lot. Later in the third sleeve the Russian tennis player has already lowered his arms and Djokovic has closed the game in 1 hour and 55 minutes.

“Eating popcorns”

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“I am immensely happy to return to the final. It has not been easy. I hope now to have a rest time to regain energy,” he valued Djokovic that, days before, after saving a dramatic match against Taylor fritz When injuring his abs, he even said that “if he weren’t playing a Grand Slam he would have quit.”

His rival for the title will come out of the game he will face this Friday against Daniil Medvedev Y Stefanos Tsitsipas (09.30 am in Spain, Eurosport). “I’ll see them eating popcorn”, joked Djokovic, who highlighted “the great game that Stefanos played against Rafa” and the moment spectacular way that crosses Medvedev that “he has won everything since last November. Paris Bercy, the Master, and the ATP Cup.”

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