Serbia’s Novak Djokovic said that he could not have asked for a better situation to be in after reaching the Australian Open semi-finals. Djokovic is eyeing his 10th title in Melbourne.
Novak Djokovic reacts after storming into the Australian Open semi-finals. (AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: The 21-time Grand Slam singles champion Novak Djokovic said that there could not be a better situation for him to clinch his 10th Australian Open title.
Djokovic extended his match-winning streak to 26 in Melbourne as he stormed into the semi-finals of the 2023 tournament after defeating Andrey Rublev in straight sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
The Serbian, who was deported from Melbourne last year and was denied to defend his title, returned to Australia to compete in the season’s first major tournament.
“I always try to give my best, particularly in Grand Slams, because at this stage of my career those are the tournaments that count the most, of course,” Djokovic said.
“But you could say that there is something extra this year, yeah. You could say because of the injury, what happened last year. I just wanted to really do well.
“So far I have a perfect score on Australian hard courts, in Adelaide and here. I’ve been playing better and better and I couldn’t ask for a better situation to be in at the moment.”
Djokovic will play against Tommy Paul of America for a place in the final. The Serbian has so far maintained a perfect record in the Australian Open last-four stage.
“Tough to compare because I’ve been fortunate to really live through a lot of success in Australian Open,” said Djokovic. “But the last two matches, playing against two guys that are really good players, in-form players, to beat them dominantly in three sets is something that I want in this moment.
“It’s something that sends a message to all my opponents remaining in the draw. With this kind of game, of course the confidence level rises, considering the circumstances. I feel good on the court, better and better as the tournament progresses. I’ve been in this situation so many times in my life, in my career, never lost a semi-finals in Australian Open. Hopefully that will stay the same.”