ONE thing is certain, when Novak Djokovic passes the quarterfinals at the Australian Open – the title comes. This time, the Serbian tennis player faces the toughest test in the tournament so far – Andrej Rubljov.
The clash for the new semi-final of the “Ozi Open” with the Russian, the fifth seed and the sixth player on the planet, should not start before 9:30 a.m. our time on Wednesday, at the “Rod Laver Arena”.
Three steps remained for the Belgrade native to lift the “Norman Brooks” trophy for the tenth time, and his 22nd Grand Slam in his career. While he is perfect in the finals of the first Grand Slam (nine wins, no losses), when he finds himself among the top eight, potential quarter-final meetings are “mines” for Novak, as he even tripped three times in this round of competition.
After winning his first crown in 2008, he next lost in the quarterfinals to Andy Roddick. Unfortunately, the American came out of the duel as the winner, but only after Djokovic surrendered in the fourth set, due to the excessive heat that day in Melbourne. In the following year, in 2010, he was “tied” by another failure in Australia on the same step. French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga served our tennis player revenge for the lost final match two years earlier. After almost four hours of fighting and five sets, he laid down his arms and also had a stomach injury problem.
The last failure in the quarterfinals was experienced nine years ago. The painful memory of the epic, exhausting, battle in the quarter-finals against Stan Wawrinka (and then he was defeated after five sets – 9:7 in the last one) has one common note, as well as the upcoming match with Rublev. Entering the match with the Swiss in 2014, Novak was on a streak of 28 consecutive victories in the men’s caravan, 25 at the Australian Open.
He survived Andre Agassi’s record at the time, but now it could finally fall. With a phenomenal performance in the round of 16 against the local tennis player Alex de Minoro, he reassured his fans by saying that the situation with the injury is getting better. Djokovic continued with his usual routine without training in the days between matches, although the health condition of our ace is much better than the previous days.
– I don’t want to celebrate too early. I know things can turn around quickly. I’ve been taking a lot of pain pills these days. I didn’t feel anything in the previous match – stressed Djokovic.
Rublev’s consolation is the fact that he emerged victorious from their one meeting, at the “Serbia Open”, last year. Admittedly, that match was played on clay.
– No one wants to play with Novak Djokovic, and especially to be in the same part of the draw, and in Australia – points out Andrej Rubljov.
Invasion from Russia and Belarus
BERICETAN Australian Open for representatives of Russia, Belarus, although they cannot show their flag. As many as five players from these countries made it to the quarter-finals and semi-finals.
In the women’s competition, Victoria Azarenka (pictured, Belarus), who will play against Elena Rybakina in the semifinals, placed among the top four. The Wimbledon champion last season was born in Moscow, but five years ago she changed her citizenship and performs as a Kazakh. Another Belarusian, Arina Sabalenko, made it to the quarterfinals.
In the men’s category, Russian Karen Khachanov repeated his success at the US Open last season (also in the semifinals), while his compatriot Andrei Rublev reached the quarterfinals.
Azerbaijan: Punish Khachanov
RUSSIAN tennis player Karen Khachanov, after his victory over Korda, sent messages of support to the people of Artsakh, who have been under the barricades of Azerbaijan for more than a month, on camera. First, after the triumph against Tiafoe, he wrote: “Stay strong in Artsakh”, and then when he defeated Nishioka: “Keep believing until the end. Artsakh, hold on”.
The currently 18th player in the world explained why he is doing it, as well as that he was not banned by the organizers for it:
– I have Armenian roots on my father’s side, on my grandfather’s side, and even on my mother’s side I am half-Armenian. I wanted to let them know that I’m thinking of them. I support my countrymen.
The Tennis Federation of Azerbaijan asked the ITF (International Tennis Federation) to fine Khachanov for this move.
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