Breaking Feature: Australian Open: Novak Djokovic defeats Aslan Karatsev to reach Melbourne final

(SATSports) – Top-ranked Djokovic moves into his 28th Grand Slam final after defeating the 114th-ranked qualifier from Russia to reach his ninth final in Melbourne – extending his own record; he has won the previous eight

Novak Djokovic will take on either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final, and the pair will lock horns in our second men’s semi-final tomorrow. The world No 1 insists he has ‘zero preference’ on who he faces, but he is expecting a thrilling battle between the pair

Novak Djokovic had been struggling with an abdominal injury earlier in the tournament, but he was in buoyant mood following his straight sets triumph at the Rod Laver Arena.

“This is the best that I have felt in the entire tournament. I felt great, I could swing through the ball, no pain; just the best match so far and it came at the right time. I’m thrilled to feel this way.”

Novak Djokovic is full of praise for his opponent Aslan Karatsev. What a tournament it’s been for the debutant! Speaking to Eurosport, Djokovic said:

“We need to give him a hand. Huge congratulations to him. On his debut he reached the semi-finals, I don’t think it ever happened in the history of tennis, so well done to him. He played a great tournament.”

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