Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia -Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.REUTERS/Hannah MckayNovak Djokovic of Serbia defeated Russia’s Andre Rublev 6/1, 6/2, 6/4 to reach the semifinals of the ongoing Australian Open Tennis Championship, while America’s Tommy Paul outlasted compatriot, Ben Shelten 7/6(6), 3/6, 7/5, 6/4 to also make the last four.In the women’s draw, Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka overpowered Donna Vekik of Croatia, 6/3, 6/2 and Magda Linette of Poland defeated Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 6/3, 7/5.Djokovic took the first set quickly, as he handled the ferocious serves and forehand shots fired from across the net.
He also took the second set and was leading five games to two in the third set. Rublev held serve in the eighth and ninth games, but Djokovic served out the match at love.
The last point of the match summarised the entire battle, as Rublev’s usually lethal forehand landed in the net on his side.
Rublev achieved 72 percent in first service delivery, but Djokovic’s service returns denied him points on them. The nine-time Australian Open champion cancelled five break threats, while Rublev converted only five of 14 break opportunities on Djokovic’s serve.Croatia’s Vekic had defeated Sabalenka in five of their previous six encounters.Read more on guardian.ng