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Djokovic overwhelms Rublev and will face Tommy Paul in the semis of the Australian Open

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After taking the lead in the match with a brilliant backhand cross winner, Djokovic He showed how difficult it is to beat him on the big stages despite having his thigh bandaged due to a hamstring problem and broke his rival’s serve in the fifth game of the second set.

The Serb displayed exquisite tennis to salvage a breaking point in the next game and let out a huge roar before doubling his lead in the contest after a frustrated Rublev he will vent to his coach in the stands after another double fault.

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Djokovic culminated his victory in three straight sets, taking advantage of the lack of ideas of Rublevwho added his seventh loss in the quarterfinals of a major tournament.

The former number one closed a convincing victory with his serve and will meet in the semifinals tommy paulwho became the first American to reach the semi-finals in Australia since Andy Roddick in 2009 after beating his compatriot Ben Shelton by 7-6(6), 6-3, 5-7 and 6-4.

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Paul she held her own in the big moments and held off her 20-year-old rival’s powerful serve well to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal. He thus joins john isner Y Frances Tiafoe as the only active Americans to have reached the semifinals of a major.

“Yesterday they asked me in many interviews what it feels like to be in the quarterfinals, but the semifinals sound better”said Paul. “I’m excited to be here and play the next round. To do well at a Grand Slam is anyone’s dream.”

Paul25, took a close first set in the Rod Laver Arena in the “tie-break” and went 4-2 up in the next round, breaking his rival’s powerful serve.

Shelton He got back into the game by taking the third set despite going a “break” down at 4-3, but Paul he recovered from a dip in his level to return to the offense in the fourth, which he ended up winning 6-4.

Playing without fear, number 89 in the world, Shelton, he hit 24 aces in the match, including some of the fastest serves in the tournament. However, he too was weighed down by 50 unforced errors.

Source: Ambito

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