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When Novak Djokovic faces Aslan Karatsev in their Australian Open semi-final clash, the 33-year-old will be looking to continue his remarkable record at the tournament. Djokovic beat Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals and a win over Karatsev will see him face either Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
In the eight previous times that Djokovic has got past the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open, he has gone on to win the final.
Djokovic has never lost a semi-final or final in Melbourne and he will be hoping that he can keep that record up.
His run is remarkably similar to Rafael Nadal’s at the French Open, with the Spaniard going on to win the Grand Slam every time he has advanced past the quarter-finals (13).
Speaking ahead of his clash with Karatsev, Djokovic admitted that his continued success at the Australian Open gives him confidence.
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“I’ve been feeling more comfortable on the court each year that I’ve been coming back,” he said.
“The more you win, the more confidence you have and the more pleasant you feel on the court. It just feels right…
“When I stepped on the court this year for the first time in the practice session, I relived some of the memories from last year, also the other years that I won the tournament here.
“It just gives me a great sensation, great feeling, confidence.”
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However, Karatsev has had an impressive tournament and the semi-final will be the first time he has faced Djokovic.
“He impressed me, impressed a lot of people,” Djokovic added.
“His movement, his firepower from the baseline. Flat backhand, Russian school, great backhand. Looks to run around.
“Also hits some good forehands, dictates the play. He’s here for a reason, and I congratulate him for great success.
“It’s his first semi-final of a Grand Slam, so for him it’s the biggest success he has had so far.
“He doesn’t have anything to lose, really. He’s motivated.
“I expect him to come out and really go for his shots and try his best and try to take that win.”
“I have had a rollercoaster of a tournament since the third round and an injury that happened, and unpredictability of what happens next.”
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