Djokovic demolishes Russian qualifier to make it to 9th Australian Open final

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi-final match against Russia's Aslan Karatsev.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi-final match against Russia's Aslan Karatsev. © Asanka Brendon Ratnayake, Reuters

Defending champion Novak Djokovic ended the remarkable run of Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev to ease into his ninth Australian Open final with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win on Thursday.

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In one of the more improbable semi-final matchups at a Grand Slam, Djokovic was broken twice by the world number 114 Karatsev but ensured there would be no Russian revolution under the lights of Rod Laver Arena.

As a long tournament took its toll on Karatsev, Djokovic raised his game in the third set and sealed the win with an ace to trigger a roaring ovation from Serbian fans in the crowd.

Djokovic will face either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's final.

(REUTERS)

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