World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was extremely satisfied with the way things went against qualifier Aslan Karatsev in the Australian Open semifinal. Record eight-time Australian Open champion Djokovic handed a straight-set defeat to Karatsev 6-3 6-4 6-2 to make the final yet again at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic suffered a strain injury in the third round but he has managed to make the final at the Australian Open. "This is the best I've felt in the entire tournament. I felt great. I could swing through the ball. No pain.
Just the best match so far. It came at the right time. I'm thrilled. I'm thrilled to feel this way," Djokovic said, per George Bellshaw. World No. 114 Karatsev won three qualifying matches, before he won five main draw matches to make his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at Melbourne Park.
"We need to give him a hand. Huge congratulations to him on his debut, he reached semi-finals. I don't think it happened in the history of tennis so well done to him. He played a great tournament," Djokovic said of Karatsev.
Djokovic reflected on the Rafael Nadal loss
In the Australian Open quarterfinal on Wednesday, world No. 2 Nadal lost in five sets to No. 5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas. "I did watch it from midway third set. I thought Stefanos did incredibly well to hang in there.
Rafa was playing amazing. He was dominating the match. Somehow he turned it around. Stefanos played a really solid tiebreak and next thing you know he's in the match," Djokovic said of the Nadal and Tsitsipas match. "It was a high-quality match, probably the best match of the tournament so far.
Both these guys played a very high level. Speaking of a high-level, Medvedev is the guy who played at probably the highest level in the last three or four months." For the second year in a row, there won't be a Djokovic and Nadal final at Melbourne Park.