April 24, 2024


Novak Djokovic took a step closer to a record-extending 11th Australian Open title with a confident win over American 12th seed Taylor Fritz.

The Serb produced a fine display to win 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-2 6-3 in hot conditions to reach the semi-finals.

The 36-year-old top seed has now won his past 33 singles matches at Melbourne Park.

Djokovic is chasing a 25th major to surpass Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slams.

He will now face either Italian fourth seed Jannik Sinner or Russian fifth seed Andrey Rublev for a place in the final.

Following a decision to push back the nights session to 21:00 local time, the quarter-final is not likely to finish until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Sinner and Rublev still have to wait for defending women’s champion Aryna Sabalenka’s match against Barbora Krejcikova to be completed before they can go on court.

They will, however, at least have an extra day to recover, with the men’s semi-finals taking place on Friday.



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