Novak Djokovic gets into trouble again with a rowdy fan, but continues to rumble on at the Australian Open

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Novak Djokovic (ATP 5) was the fourth and last tennis player to qualify for the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Vincent Van GenechtenSource: BELGA

The 35-year-old Serbian easily defeated the Russian Andrey Rublev (ATP 6) in his quarterfinals after a match of two hours and five minutes of tennis in three sets (6-1, 6-2 and 6-4).

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Along the way, Djokovic got it on his hips from a fan, as before in the tournament. He asked the umpire if he could evict the spectator from the stadium.

Djokovic, the fourth seed, is thus in the semifinals of the Australian Open for the tenth time. He also took the overall victory the previous nine times. With a new final victory in Melbourne, the Serbian has 22 grand slam victories and equals the record of Spaniard Rafael Nadal (ATP 2), the defending champion in Australia. He had to leave the Australian Open in the second round this year with a muscle injury in the left leg.

Djokovic only lost a single set at this Australian Open. He will meet the American revelation Tommy Paul (ATP 35) in the last four. He settled earlier Wednesday in his quarterfinals in four sets (7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 5-7 and 6-4) with his compatriot Ben Shelton (ATP 89). For 25-year-old Paul, it will be his first semi-final in a grand slam tournament.

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In the other semifinal, the Russian Karen Khachanov (ATP 20) and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 4) face each other. They already won their quarterfinals on Tuesday. Last year, Djokovic was missing from Australia because of his refusal to be vaccinated against the corona virus.

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