Tennis star Novak Djokovic has set another milestone in his successful career by reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open.
The 35-year-old Serb won the quarterfinals against the Russian Andrei Rublev 6: 1, 6: 2, 6: 4 and celebrated his 26th consecutive victory at the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne. Djokovic drew level with record holder Andre Agassi from the USA. Rublev, seeded number five, also lost his seventh quarterfinal in a major tournament.
Djokovic is the clear favorite against Tommy Paul in his 44th Grand Slam semi-final on Friday. The world number 35. had previously beaten compatriot Ben Shelton 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 3, 5: 7, 6: 4 and was the first American in 14 years to make it into the top four in Melbourne. "Everyone dreams of starting tennis. I can't believe I made it," said Paul. Djokovic has won all of his previous nine semi-finals in Melbourne.
Unlike the round of 16 victory two days earlier against Australian Alex de Minaur, Djokovic did not always seem satisfied. The 21-time Grand Slam tournament winner discussed with coach Goran Ivanišević, quarreled with the wind and complained to the referee about a fan. "He seems a bit more nervous and upbeat, not quite as calm and as in the last match as he was in the last match," said Eurosport expert Boris Becker about his ex-protégé.