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Aus Open: Novak Djokovic overpowers Alexander Zverev to e-book semi-final berth


Melbourne: Reigning champion Novak Djokovic overcame some dips in type to beat Alexander Zverev 6-7(6) 6-2 6-Four 7-6(6) and e-book his place within the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday. The Serbian world primary hit again strongly after shedding a good opening set on a tiebreak however trailed in each the third and fourth units earlier than turning them round.

Germany’s Zverev will rue permitting Djokovic again from 4-1 down within the third set and he was additionally up 3-Zero within the fourth. Djokovic once more wore tape on his stomach space, a legacy of the damage picked up in his third-round win over Taylor Fritz. But it surely didn’t seem to trouble him as he reached his 39th Grand Slam semi-final, the place he’ll face an unlikely opponent in Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev.

The 23-year-old Zverev started in assured vogue and secured the primary break of the match however didn’t convert a set level on Djokovic’s serve when main 5-3. He wavered on his personal serve at 5-Four although, and Djokovic took the set right into a tiebreak, just for some uncharacteristic errors to permit Zverev to sneak a 59-minute set.

Djokovic wanted solely 29 minutes to win the second set however his degree dropped at the beginning of the third, and he destroyed a racket in anger as he slipped 4-1 behind. Zverev was 0-30 forward on Djokovic’s serve within the subsequent recreation however Djokovic discovered one other gear, successful 20 of the subsequent 24 factors to maneuver one set from victory.

One other momentum shift noticed Zverev take a 3-Zero lead within the fourth set and have three factors to maneuver 4-Zero forward, however Djokovic dug in to haul himself again into competition. Zverev threatened to take the match right into a decider however Djokovic saved a set level at 5-6 with an ace and a strong first serve introduced up match level within the day’s second tiebreak.

Djokovic netted a backhand however compelled a volley error from Zverev to earn one other likelihood, this time on his personal serve, and he wrapped up the match together with his 23rd ace.

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