Serbian Novak Djokovic, ranked first in the world, was freed from the pain in his stomach muscles, and stopped Russian Aslan Karatsev, ranked 114, by beating him 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, to reach the final of the Australian Championship.
After the match, Djokovic said: “I didn’t feel this way throughout the tournament, I didn’t face any pain. This is my best match so far. Check in at the right moment.”
The 33-year-old Serbian, who is searching for his ninth Australian Open title, will meet in the final scheduled for Sunday, with the winner of the confrontation that will bring together tomorrow, Friday, between the Russian Daniel Medvedev, fourth in the world, and the Greek, Stephanos Tsetsipas, sixth in the world.
On the other hand, Karatsev (27 years) will make a big leap in the classification to reach the 42nd position in the world, after a tournament in which Argentine Diego Schwarzman, ninth in the world, surpassed Felix Augier Aliassim, and the stubborn Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
Karatsev was the first player in the modern era to qualify for the semi-finals for a Grand Slam tournament in his first participation in the main draw.
He is also the first player with the lowest rating to appear at the Australian Open in 30 years.