Novak Djokovic ends Aslan Karatsev’s fairy tale run to book place in Australian Open final
Novak Djokovic ended the remarkable run of qualifier Aslan Karatsev to reach a ninth Australian Open final.
The world number one, who has won the title on each of the eight previous occasions he has reached the semi-finals in Melbourne, claimed his first straight-sets win since the first round, beating the world number 114 6-3 6-4 6-2.
It was a much-needed comfortable evening for Djokovic after the dramas of his tournament so far, including an abdominal injury suffered in a third-round five-setter against Taylor Fritz and a nail-biting victory over Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals.
He will face either Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final on Sunday.
More to follow…
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