Novak Djokovic got here away with a straight-set victory over Daniil Medvedev within the Adelaide Worldwide 1 semi-final, but it surely was fairly a dramatic affair because the 21-time Grand Slam winner suffered an harm scare.
Enjoying in first match on Australian soil since being deported from the nation final yr, Djokovic has been in imperious type as he didn’t drop a set in his first three matches.
And the highest seed saved that file going within the final 4 on Saturday as he defeated Medvedev 6-3, 6-4 in a single hour and half-hour to arrange a conflict with Sebastian Korda.
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The previous world No 1 was dominant early on as he broke in recreation three and finally discovered himself 4-1 up, however he overstretched throughout a degree within the sixth recreation and began rubbing his hamstring.
Though visibly troubled, he served to go 5-2 up after which took a 10-minute medical timeout for remedy on his hamstring earlier than returning to finish the the opening set.
Regardless of nonetheless being uncomfortable, he continued to be in cost within the second set and the break finally got here in recreation seven, though he needed to save two break factors within the subsequent recreation to remain in management.
Halfway via one of many video games Medvedev determined to mock Djokovic’s hamstring downside by clutching his leg and pretending to limp between factors.
The second when Medvedev apparently mocked Djokovic and his harm 👇 pic.twitter.com/qsucz9zUuX
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However Djokovic was not delay by his rival’s antics as he served out the match.
“Fortunately it was nothing too severe,” he mentioned. “If it was I wouldn’t have the ability to proceed. I simply took a medical timeout, some anti-inflammatories and form of settled in.
“After a number of video games I used to be simply attempting to maintain the momentum going and never enable him to interrupt my serve. I believe that was the important thing that I finally would get an opportunity. The longer the match went, the longer my hamstring was hotter and bothering me much less. Hopefully for tomorrow it will likely be effective.”
Korda, who upset sixth seed Jannik Sinner within the quarter-final, booked his place in Sunday’s showpiece match after Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew with the American main 7-6 (7-5), 1-0.
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