Australian Open 2021: Novak Djokovic ends qualifier Aslan Karatsev’s golden run

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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.

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.

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