It was one other near-perfect show of tennis from the 35-year-old as he continued his seemingly inevitable march in the direction of a record-breaking twenty second Grand Slam with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win in simply two hours and three minutes .
Djokovic is now arguably enjoying the very best tennis of his profession, having misplaced simply 12 video games in his final two video games, extending his Australian Open profitable streak to 26 and tying Andre Agassi’s file.
The early indicators had been ominous for Rublev, who nonetheless appeared to be feeling the consequences of his five-set epic towards Holger Rune because the Russian solely broke in his third service sport.
It was a setback he by no means appeared to get better from as Djokovic ran away with the match and moved one step nearer to profitable a record-extending tenth Australian Open title.
“I might rank this win as #2 [this year], however very near the efficiency of two nights in the past,” Djokovic stated in his on-pitch interview. “I could not be happier with my tennis. I performed very solidly from the again of the pitch, I really like enjoying in these circumstances… this pitch, I’ve already stated it, it is the very particular pitch for me.
“The rating within the first two units doesn’t correspond to the truth of the sport, we had some shut video games. Andrey is a superb opponent and an incredible participant, I’ve a number of respect for him. I knew the sport plan, but it surely’s one factor to think about the way you need to play and one other to play on the pitch. In a very powerful moments I discovered my finest tennis.
“I’ve tried just about each bio suggestions gadget on this planet to arrange my leg, it labored and I will preserve going. I miss tennis on my days off but it surely’s vital to be sensible and clever with the physique in these particular circumstances the place getting ready for the subsequent problem is extra vital.”
Djokovic now meets American Tommy Paul, who’s enjoying for a spot in Sunday’s Australian Open ultimate in his first Grand Slam semifinal.
“Clearly he does not have a lot to lose, for the primary time within the semifinals of a Grand Slam,” stated Djokovic. “He is been enjoying nice tennis for the final 12-15 months… so I’ve to be mentally prepared and never going about it any in another way than the previous couple of video games anyway.
“If I play like that, I feel I’ve likelihood of progressing.”
Numerous commentators had famous after Rublev’s earlier win towards Rune that the Russian had already conceded defeat to Djokovic in his head.
When requested concerning the prospect of reaching the primary Grand Slam semifinal of his profession, Rublev joked that it might have been good if the quarterfinals had been performed towards a participant aside from the Serb.
It was a joking remark, however after a grueling five-setter it in all probability confirmed an actual worry most gamers really feel after they know a match towards Djokovic is developing.
Certainly, Rublev had already began to look irritated within the early phases as Djokovic’s early brilliance compelled him to combat with every little thing to attempt to win each level.
Rublev’s resistance was solely damaged in his second service sport and he was already wanting like a crushed man when Djokovic broke once more moments later and ran away to take the opener 6-1.
The second set was at the least a slight enchancment as Rublev held twice earlier than being damaged, however there appeared little he might do to cease Djokovic’s assault. It all the time felt it was only a matter of timing, not if Rublev could be damaged.
Regardless of having gained comfortably up to now, Djokovic was visibly annoyed on the courtroom and yelled in the direction of his field numerous occasions within the second set.
Precisely what he was upset about was unclear, however the wind had whipped by Rod Laver Enviornment on a few events throughout rallies, forcing each males to make errors.
Or perhaps Djokovic was so used to near-perfect efficiency throughout this event that only one miss was a shock to the system.
“It’s important to make changes and adapt to the circumstances,” Djokovic stated of the wind after the sport. “It wasn’t that windy round six o’clock after I was warming up and it began early within the sport.
“When you could have a robust tailwind, folks within the stands or on TV do not see a lot of a distinction, but it surely makes an enormous distinction for the gamers.”
The second set proved a way more extreme check for Djokovic as he twice confronted severe strain on serve – going 3-2 and 5-2 – however held agency each occasions to take a commanding two-set lead.
Issues quickly acquired worse for Rublev as he was damaged within the first sport of the third set this time. If the match did not really feel over earlier than, it did now.
To his credit score, Rublev continued to combat for each level and took the third set longer than the earlier two, but it surely wasn’t almost sufficient to disclaim Djokovic a spot in his tenth Australian Open semi-final.