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Favourites Djokovic and Sabalenka advance to semifinals

Published on January 23, 2024
Updated on January 24, 2024
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Favourites Djokovic and Sabalenka advance to semifinals
  • Djokovic overcomes Fritz in the heat
  • Serb chasing record-extending 11th Australian Open title
  • Sabalenka sets up clash with Gauff in semifinal

2023 champion Novak Djokovic set up a semifinal clash with Jannik Sinner after defeating Taylor Fritz while the women’s champion from 12 months ago, Aryna Sabalenka also made the last four where she will face American Coco Gauff.

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Djokovic sees off Fritz

Novak Djokovic’s pursuit of an unprecedented 11th Australian Open title remains on track as he secured a commanding victory over American 12th seed Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals. The Serbian, eyeing his 25th Grand Slam to surpass Margaret Court’s record of 24, battled through hot conditions to win 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Djokovic, acknowledging the challenge posed by Fritz’s powerful serve, expressed the difficulty of finding the right timing in the match.

In the upcoming semi-finals, Djokovic is set to face Italian fourth seed Jannik Sinner, who emerged victorious against Russian fifth seed Andrey Rublev. Djokovic, the top seed, has an impressive track record at Melbourne Park, having won his last 33 singles matches, making him a clear favourite to defend his Australian Open title.

Sabalenka defeats Krejcikova to seal semifinal berth.

On the women’s side, defending champion Aryna Sabalenka secured her spot in the semi-finals by defeating Barbora Krejcikova 6-2, 6-3. She is scheduled to meet American teenager Coco Gauff in a highly anticipated semi-final. In-form Gauff advanced after a hard-fought three-set victory against Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk.

The other two quarterfinals in the women’s singles draw are yet to take place, featuring players such as China’s Zheng Qinwen, Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya, Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska, and Czech Republic’s Linda Noskova. The outcomes of these matches will determine the remaining semi-finalist who will face either Gauff or Sabalenka in the women’s singles final.

The women’s draw at the Australian Open has witnessed several notable upsets, opening the door for new faces to make their mark in the latter stages of the tournament.

Australian Open Betting

Both Djokovic and Sabalenka remain favourites to win, however, both face tough tasks in their respective semi-finals. Sinner and Gauff are both in form and punters may feel that if either upset the odds in the last four then they may be a good bet to take the title.

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Christopher

Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives.

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