Novak Djokovic ends Aslan Karatsev’s miracle run to reach Australian Open 2021 final

Eight isn’t sufficient for Novak Djokovic.

The world No.1 continued his love affair with Melbourne Park and might be a heat favorite to win his ninth Australian Open title after bringing to an finish the extraordinary run of Aslan Karatsev within the semi-finals.

Djokovic downed the Russian qualifier 6-3 6-4 6-2 in a single hour and 55 minutes to arrange a title decider with the winner of Friday’s match between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

“That is the very best I felt in the complete match,” mentioned Djokovic who picked up an obvious belly harm within the third spherical.

“I felt nice. That is the very best match to date and it got here on the proper time.”

Outplayed however hardly ever outgunned, world No.114 Karatsev is projected to rise to No.42 after changing into the primary grand slam debutant to make the semi-finals within the Open Period.

It had been a barely plausible run from the muscular Muscovite, profitable via three qualifying matches in Doha and one other 5 in Melbourne to make the final 4.

Novak Djokovic ended Aslan Karatsev’s miracle run at the Australian Open in the semi-finals.
Novak Djokovic ended Aslan Karatsev’s miracle run on the Australian Open within the semi-finals. Credit score: Getty

The ending was maybe predictable however the scoreline didn’t reveal the complete nature of the competition, Karatsev refusing to be bullied by the 17-time grand slam champion.

He went toe-to-toe with Djokovic for a lot of the primary set, catching the world No.1 out on multiple event along with his late shot choice and highly effective forehand.

A break within the eighth recreation was sufficient to seal the set for Djokovic and he put the foot down with two extra within the second.

However the 27-year-old didn’t change into the primary grand slam semi-finalist ranked outdoors the highest 100 in 20 years with out displaying appreciable spine.

Novak Djokovic on his way to a straight-sets win over Aslan Karatsev.
Novak Djokovic might be a heat favorite for the Australian Open final after beating Aslan Karatsev. Credit score: AAP