Serbia’s Daggiz tennis player and 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic made it to the semi-finals of the Australian Open 2023 on Wednesday. He took another step to become the champion of the tournament by defeating Andre Rublev in the quarterfinals. He was not a part of the tournament last year as he did not get a visa from the Australian government.
Djokovic defeated Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in a one-sided match played at Rod Laver Arena and is now just two steps away from equaling Rafael Nadal (22) for the most Grand Slam titles. Djokovic is seeking his 10th Australian Open title, while Roger Federer, the tournament’s second most successful player, has won the title only six times.
Djokovic said after the match, “I think the scoreline in the first two sets doesn’t tell the reality of the match. Rublev is a great competitor and player. I have a lot of respect for him. He has one of the biggest forehands and has one of the biggest forehands on the tour.” But one of the fastest players.”
In the semi-finals, Djokovic will face Tommy Paul of America, who is coming after defeating his compatriot Ben Shelton in the quarter-finals. Paul advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Shelton 7-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in a marathon quarterfinal match played at Rod Laver Arena.
Meanwhile, Poland’s Magda Linett and Belarus’ Arina Sabalenka advanced to one-sided wins in their respective quarterfinal bouts. Lynette defeated Karolina Plešková of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-5 in a women’s singles match that lasted one hour and 27 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena. World No. 45 Linett has made it to a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time.
Lynette said of the best campaign of her career, “I probably still can’t believe it. I’ll never forget it. It’s an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I’m also thankful to the audience for their support.” ” Sabalenka, on the other hand, also advanced to the Australian Open semi-finals for the first time after defeating Croatia’s Donna Vekic in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
This is the 24-year-old Sabalenka’s fourth Grand Slam final. He will have to face Linett in the top-4 to reach his first Grand Slam final. It is noteworthy that Sabalenka has won all nine of her matches in 2023 and has not lost a set during this period.