Novak Djokovic was two wins away from a 22nd Grand Slam crown after bulldozing into the Australian Open semifinals on Wednesday, while Aryna Sabalenka was equally impressive in reaching the women's last four, reports AFP. Serbia's Djokovic delivered a masterclass to crush Russian fifth seed Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena and set up a meeting with Tommy Paul for a place in Sunday's final. Paul defeated his fellow American Ben Shelton 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 to reach his first major semifinal. The other semifinal is between third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and Russian 18th seed Karen Khachanov. Sabalenka set up a semifinal with surprise-package Magda Linette after once again displaying the kind of form and finesse which has made her favourite for the women's title. The Belarusian fifth seed defeated Croatia's Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-2 as she closes on a first Grand Slam title. Sabalenka will play unseeded Linette for a place in Saturday's final. Two-time Melbourne champion Victoria Azarenka, also from Belarus, will face Moscow-born Kazakh Elena Rybakina in the other semifinal.
Djokovic, Sabalenka roll into Australian Open semis
- 26 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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