Novak Djokovic is the first finalist of the 2021 Australian Open. The world number 1 respected the predictions of the day before and liquidated the surprise Aslan Karatsev thanks to the score of 6-3 6-4 6-2 in an hour and 53 minutes of play.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion has always handled the match with ease, except for a small blank pass in the second set. The Russian, a great revelation of the last two weeks, could do nothing to stem the superiority of his opponent.
Nole will now attempt to win her ninth title at Melbourne Park, the third in a row after her 2019-2020 double. In case of triumph on Sunday, the 33-year-old from Belgrade would reach 18 Grand Slam titles, two points behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Meanwhile, Nadal's statements have come after the shocking comeback suffered yesterday against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Ben Rothenberg is a name that needs no introduction in the tennis world. Over the past few years, the New York Times journalist has established himself as one of the foremost voices on all things tennis.
Now in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Ben Rothenberg has spoken at length about some of his most-favored topics.
Rothenberg on the Big 3's era
Former World No. 1 Jim Courier recently said Novak Djokovic is unlucky to be there at the same time as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Do you agree with that? "That's completely true. People have been saying that for a long time. I mean, it's rough for Novak Djokovic. He was already in their shadow when he won his first Grand Slam Down Under in 2008.
He's been around for a long time. But those two other guys have also still been around the whole time. That's very unusual for this era of sport, for the top players to remain unchanged for so long. And maybe he just doesn't have...Every tennis player is unique and has a unique sort of appeal or aesthetic, or attraction, for their fandom.
Maybe his, just for whatever reason, doesn't resonate as much" - Ben Rothenberg explained. Novak Djokovic suffered a right oblique strain in his third-round encounter against Taylor Fritz, and his play was a little compromised against Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev in his subsequent matches.
The World No. 1 had also suggested he was considering retiring midway through the third-round match, and that he wouldn't have played his fourth-round match if this wasn't a Grand Slam.