The 33-year-old tennis player Novak Djokovic has been the winner of eight Grand Slam out of the 17 he has played so far in his career. He is now aiming to snap the title for the ninth time again this year as he enters the semi-finals.
A consistent player, he efficiently portrayed his fantastic gameplay in the quarter-finals. This pushed him an inch closer to his ultimate destination when he defeated the Russian player, Sascha Zverev. Here Djokovic paved his way out and marked his entry into the semifinals of 2021. The scoreboard displayed 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
Playing through pain
The Serbian player has been already dealing with a muscle tear injury which he got during the match against American tennis player Taylor Fritz. However, with his determination in the succeeding rounds, he triumphed over Milos Raonic. Hence, qualifying for the quarters, unstoppable, yet again he defeats his competitor.
The 27 years old becomes the first man in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals on his Grand Slam debut on defeating Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-final’s match. Further, he will finally play against Aslan Karatsev. Before the semi-final match, he has two days to rest to soothe the pain and heal the injuries suffered from the prior matches.
Thoughts on his opponent
As far as Djokovic is concerned, when asked about the opposition’s gameplay he was about to face next, he said that he never watched any match of his next opponent before the Australian Open.
“To be honest, I hadn’t seen him play at all before the Australian Open, Of course, I have seen him play during the Australian Open… He is a very strong guy. Physically, he is just very strong. He moves well, just has a lot of firepower from the back of the court. Has a great backhand. Is straight from the Russian school of tennis, they always have great backhands. He serves well and is motivated. He has nothing to lose.” said Djokovic on his upcoming game’s mate Aslan.