Novak Djokovic extended his unbeaten Grand Slam streak against American opponents, reaching his 11th Australian Open semifinal after a hard-fought battle against Taylor Fritz. The 10-time champion secured a 7-6(7-3), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over the 12th seed American in a thrilling match that lasted three hours and 45 minutes, denying Fritz his first major semifinal appearance.
This victory marked Djokovic's 32nd consecutive win against a US contender at the tour level and his 10th in a row at a Grand Slam, dating back to his defeat at Wimbledon in 2016. Despite facing challenges, including saving two set points in the opening set and missing out on multiple break opportunities, Djokovic showcased his resilience and experience.
Known for his dominance at the Australian Open, Djokovic capitalized on his two break chances in the third set, regaining control of the match. Despite Fritz's determined efforts, Djokovic's prowess and second wind proved decisive, securing his place in the semifinals.
With this victory, Djokovic advances to his 11th Australian Open semifinal, where he awaits the winner between Jannik Sinner and Andrey Rublev for a Friday showdown, following two days off.
(With Agency Inputs)