Nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic faces off against Andrey Rublev in a mouth-watering Quarter-Final on Wednesday. World number five…
Nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic faces off against Andrey Rublev in a mouth-watering Quarter-Final on Wednesday.
World number five Djokovic is out to make up for lost time after being ruled out of last year’s Australian Open and will have been buoyed by the early exits of rival and reigning champion Rafael Nadal, as well as 2022 runner-up Daniil Medvedev.
Djokovic, the dominant force here since first landing this title in 2008, has extended his unbeaten run to a staggering 38 matches in all competitions Down Under.
The Serbian star coasted past Roberto Carballes Baena in straight sets in his opener before seeing off French qualifier Enzo Couacaud by three sets to one.
Despite having his hamstring treated several times, he still managed to dispatch Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets and went on to sweep aside home favourite Alex de Minaur for the combined loss of just five games on Monday.
Djokovic has lost three times at this stage of the Australian Open, but not since 2014, and is vying to remain on course to draw level with Nadal on 22 grand slams.
Rublev, meanwhile, finds himself in a seventh grand slam Quarter-Final but ominously has suffered defeat in all six of his previous appearances at this stage.
The fifth seed, a gold medallist at the 202 Olympic Games, has endured a contrastingly tougher route through to the Last Eight here in Melbourne.
He made light work of a tough opening draw against Dominic Thiem by prevailing in straight sets, before overcoming Emil Ruusuvuori in four.
Rublev eased past Great Britain’s Dan Evans in straight sets before holding firm in a gruelling fifth set tie break to deny ninth seed Holger Rune in the Round of 16.
Rublev has tasted victory over Djokovic in recent times, denying the Serbian on home soil in the final in Belgrade last year, while Djokovic has claimed successive wins in the ATP Finals in 2021 and 2022.
Their latest encounter gets under way from approximately 8.30am GMT and will be available to watch live online via the link below.
Either Ben Shelton or Tommy Paul of the USA will await the winner in the Semi-Finals.
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