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Australian Open: Djokovic defeats Rublev in straight sets

Tennis Superstar Novak Djokovic continued his scintillating form at the Australian Open, brushing aside world Number 6 Andrey Rublev in straight sets to reach the semifinals.

It was yet another near-perfect display of tennis from the 35-year-old Serbian, as he continued his seemingly inevitable march towards a record-equaling 22nd grand slam with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory in just two hours and three minutes.

Djokovic is now playing arguably the best tennis of his career and has lost just 12 games over his last two matches, extending his winning run at the Australian Open to 26, tying Andre Agassi’s record.

The early signs were ominous for Rublev, who looked to still be feeling the effects of his five-set epic against Holger Rune, with the Russian broken in only his third service game.

Djokovic said in his on-court interview. “I could not be happier with my tennis. I’ve been playing very solid from the back of the court, I love playing in these conditions at this court, I’ve said it before, it’s the most special court for me.

Djokovic will now face Tommy Paul from the US, who is playing in his first grand slam semifinal, for a place in Sunday’s Australian Open final. 

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas