Serb Novak Djokovic will play against American Tommy Paul in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. The match will take place on January 27, starting at 08:30 GMT.
Australian Open 2023
|Novak Djokovic||vs||Tommy Paul|
Date: 27 January, 2023.
Tournament: Australian Open 2023.
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia.
Category: Grand Slam.
Prize money: A$76,500,000.
Novak Djokovic’s incredible streak at the Australian Major continues. The Serb has not lost in Melbourne since 2018. On Wednesday, Djokovic, as expected, easily defeated Andrei Rublev – 6:1, 6:2, 6:4.
The Russian freaked out, shouted, but at the same time, it seemed, he understood that at this stage he was not a competitor for Novak. The same was true in the previous rounds.
Australian Alex De Minaur took only five games at all. So far, Djokovic’s only problem in this tournament has been a hip injury, but the tennis player seems to have coped with it. And the Serb has no serious rivals on the court.
Tommy Paul, meanwhile, reached the semi-finals for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament, making his debut in the top 20. In the case of Paul, we can talk about a certain amount of luck.
The American still had strong rivals, but there were definitely no such ones where he could be called a clear underdog.
In the quarterfinals, Tommy defeated Ben Shelton – 7:6, 6:3, 5:7, 6:4. The 20-year-old American still did not have enough experience, especially in those cases when it was necessary to come up with something at the reception.
In the third round, Paul calmly won against Jenson Brooksby, and in the fourth – against Roberto Bautista-Aguta.
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Head to Head
Both tennis players have never met each other. This will be the first meeting, so the overall score is (0-0).
|Novak Djokovic win 1.04||Tommy Paul win 13.00|
Last year, Paul managed to beat Alexander Zverev, Carlos Alcaras and Rafael Nadal. Obviously, after this, the American should by no means be underestimated.
But the meeting with Djokovic is a different story. Rublev, for example, also has enough great matches and victories, but the tennis player is powerless against Novak.
Prediction: Djokovic wins in four sets.