Defending champion Novak Djokovic ended the outstanding run of Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev to ease into his ninth Australian Open closing with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win on Thursday.
In one of many extra inconceivable semi-final matchups at a Grand Slam, Djokovic was damaged twice by the world quantity 114 Karatsev however ensured there can be no Russian revolution underneath the lights of Rod Laver Arena.
That Grand Slam semifinal successful smile 😁
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As a protracted event took its toll on Karatsev, Djokovic raised his sport within the third set and sealed the win with an ace to set off a roaring ovation from Serbian followers within the crowd.
Djokovic will face both Stefanos Tsitsipas or Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s closing.