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Australian Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic trails Jannik Sinner in semi-finals

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Novak Djokovic faces the toughest test of his Australian Open title defence so far as the 10-time champion takes on fourth seed Jannik Sinner in a mouthwatering semi-final clash. Djokovic has never lost an Australian Open semi-final, winning every tournament in which he has reached the final four, but Sinner comes into the clash in red-hot form.

The Italian has not dropped a set so far and has won two of his previous three meetings against Djokovic, including in sensational fashion in the Davis Cup semi-finals in November. Djokovic thrashed Sinner in straight sets in the Wimbledon semi-finals last season but the 22-year-old has made significant improvements to his game and Melbourne Park could be set for a classic.

In the other semi-final, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev renew their rivalry as they meet at a grand slam for the first time. Zverev produced a sensational performance to defeat Carlos Alcaraz while Medvedev required another five-set epic to outlast Hubert Hurkacz. Zverev has faced off-court scrutiny regarding his forthcoming domestic abuse trial – he denies the allegations – and is bidding to reach his first Australian Open final.

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Australian Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner

The first real sign of hesistancy from Sinner as his drop shot from inside the baseline doesn’t clear the net cord, but he puts it behind him with another excellent forehand angle that sends Djokovic wide.

Djokovic wins an exchange at the net to put a smash away but Sinner finds his second ace of the match on the next point to hold.

Jamie Braidwood26 January 2024 04:14

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Australian Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner

Djokovic gets off to a solid start on serve as Sinner makes his first couple of errors on his backhand side.

But Djokovic is looking uncharacteristically unsteady in the rallies and Sinner storms back as Djokovic makes three unforced errors in a row – almost as if he is pushing for too much!

Break point: but that’s a good serve from Djokovic, finding his spot up the middle, and he puts away the forehand winner.

Wonderful from Djokovic – putting away an excellent volley at the net with soft hands. On the second deuce, Sinner puts his backhand into the net and Djokovic holds to get on the board.

Nine unforced errors already from the champion.

Jamie Braidwood26 January 2024 04:06

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Australian Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner

Djokovic has made five unforced errors already. Sinner hasn’t made one.

And that continues as Sinner holds to 15 to move further ahead in this opening set.

The 22-year-old has started extremely well on serve as well as in the rallies.

(Getty Images)

Jamie Braidwood26 January 2024 03:58

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Australian Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner

Djokovic 0-2 Sinner* – Sinner breaks!

Oof. Djokovic goes long on the opening point and then makes a double fault. 0-30 already for Sinner.

Djokovic then finds the line with the forehand and follows in to put away the smash – before picking his spot on serve to get back to 30-30.

Wow – Sinner finds an incredible angle after reaching a forehand out wide and Djokovic can’t respond as he finds the net!

Break point: and that’s so good from Sinner! The Italian takes charge behind his backhand as Djokovic tries to defend the forehand down the line!

Sinner puts away the drive volley and takes the opening break! Some start.

Jamie Braidwood26 January 2024 03:57

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Australian Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner

There’s a very high quality rally to start, with Sinner attacking from the off on his crisp backhand wing. Djokovic works his way into the rally well and Sinner nets on the backhand, before Djokovic makes three consecutive errors on baseline rally balls.

A strong first serve and forehand crosscourt from Sinner and Djokovic nets from wide. An assured start from the Italian.

Jamie Braidwood26 January 2024 03:51

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Australian Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner

Novak Djokovic wins the toss and will receive first to start this match.

It’s Djokovic’s 48th grand slam semi-final, it’s only Sinner’s second.

(REUTERS)

Jamie Braidwood26 January 2024 03:42

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Australian Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner

Here we go! Jannik Sinner leads Novak Djokovic down the walk of champions before coming out onto Rod Laver Arena.

The Italian will have walked past Djokovic’s sign and the list of his 10 Australian Open titles – he has never lost a semi-final and has won the tournament whenever he has reached this stage. That’s the size of the task facing Sinner today.

Jamie Braidwood26 January 2024 03:39

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Australian Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner

Novak Djokovic struggled with the Melbourne heat in his quarter-final against Taylor Fritz, which was also played during the day session.

But the 10-time champion will be pleased to see it’s a lot cooler today.

Both players are still just warming up in the match gym before coming out onto the Rod Laver Arena.

Jamie Braidwood26 January 2024 03:35

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Australian Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner

Novak Djokovic’s route to Australian Open semi-finals:

1st round: vs Dino Prizmic (Q) – won 6-2 6-7 6-3 6-3

2nd round: vs Alexei Popyrin – won 6-3 4-6 7-6 6-3

3rd round: vs Tomas Martin Etcheverry (30) -won 6-3 6-3 7-6

4th round: vs Adrian Mannarino (20) – won 6-0 6-0 6-3

Quarter-finals: vs Taylor Fritz (12) – won 7-6 4-6 6-2 6-3

(AP)

Jamie Braidwood26 January 2024 03:21

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Australian Open LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner

Novak Djokovic has won 33 matches in a row at the Australian Open and has never lost a semi-final as he targets a record-extending 11th title in Melbourne.

On his streak:”If there is any tournament where I’m going to dig deep, it’s the Grand Slam, right? Particularly here where, you know, I’m aware of the streak that I’m on and the amount of matches that I have won in my career on the Rod Laver Arena. I don’t want to let that go. The longer the streak goes, the more that kind of confidence, also expectations built, but also the willingness to really walk the extra mile, so to say. Yeah, I just love playing in this court. It’s been “the” court for me in my career.”

Jamie Braidwood26 January 2024 03:08



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