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There is something extra this year – Novak Djokovic spurred on by past events

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Novak Djokovic admitted his travails in Australia are giving him extra fuel as he chases a 10th title at Melbourne Park.The Serbian was again in superb form, painting the lines consistently in a 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory over fifth seed Andrey Rublev on Rod Laver Arena to set up a semi-final with unseeded American Tommy Paul.Djokovic, who has never lost at the Australian Open once he has reached the last four, is trying to make up for lost time after last year’s vaccination furore and deportation, while this year he has been battling a left hamstring problem.“I don’t think that I lack determination,” said Djokovic, who tied the record of former coach Andre Agassi with a 26th consecutive victory here.“I always try to give my best, particularly in grand slams, because at this stage of my career those are the tournaments that count the most, of course.“But you could say that there is something extra this year, yeah.

You could say because (of) the injury, what happened last year. I just wanted to really do well.“So far I have a perfect score in Australian hard courts, in Adelaide and here.

I’ve been playing better and better. I couldn’t ask for a better situation to be in at the moment.”The fifth seed at times did again appear bothered by his hamstring but it did not affect his ability to hare around the court repelling everything big-hitting Russian Rublev threw at him.He was more affected by a heckler who called out “Come on Andrey, send him home” during the first set, drawing loud boos from the largely pro-Djokovic crowd and prompting the Serbian to complain to British umpire James Keothavong.It is the third time this tournament Djokovic has been targeted by fans, and he said: “If it keeps happening, it keeps happening.

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