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Adelaide International 1: Djokovic beats Medvedev to reach final

Adelaide International 1: Djokovic beats Medvedev to reach final

Adelaide International 1: Djokovic beats Medvedev to reach final

Adelaide International 1: Djokovic beats Medvedev to reach final

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  • Novak Djokovic overcame Daniil in hotly contested semifinal.
  • Serb saved all three break points he faced.
  • Jordan beat Yoshihito to reach his fifth ATP Tour final.
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Novak Djokovic overcame Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-4 in a hotly contested semifinal match to get to the Adelaide International 1 final on Saturday.

After an hour and 30 minutes, the 35-year-old former World No. 1 emerged victorious in the match of former World No. 1s. He saved all three break points he faced and converted two of his three break opportunities.

The Serb experienced a frightening incident throughout the game. During the 5-2 changeover, Djokovic strained his left leg and was compelled to leave the field for a medical break. However, the 91-time tour-level champion persisted and eventually led his match against Medvedev 9-4.

“Thankfully it was nothing too serious. If it was, I wouldn’t be able to continue, so I just tried with a medical timeout, some anti-inflammatories and kind of settled in after a few games,” Djokovic said.

“I was just trying to keep the momentum going and [not] allow him to break my serve. I think that was the key, that eventually I would get a chance. I think the longer the match went, the more my hamstring became warmer and bothered me less, so hopefully, for tomorrow it will be all fine,” he added.

The Serbian was sharp from early in the match, putting constant pressure on Medvedev, who double-faulted on break point in each set.

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“With Daniil, it’s never easy. You always have to change the pace, mix up the serve, the return position, rallies, try to make him uncomfortable. So it’s really a cat-and-mouse game in a way every single match. He’s one of the best servers that we have in the world,” Djokovic said.

“Definitely on the courts like this where it’s really quick and the ball kind of skids through the surface, it’s tough to play him. But he made two double faults on two break points, both first and second sets. I knew that in those moments he might go for more so I was kind of changing my position and it worked,” he added.

Sebastian Korda will be Djokovic’s first-ever opponent in the championship match. When Yoshihito Nishioka, a Japanese lefty, quit due to a right hip ailment, the 22-year-old American was leading 7-6(5), 1-0.

Andy Murray, Roberto Bautista Agut, Jannik Sinner, and Nishioka were tough opponents for Korda to overcome in order to go to his fifth ATP Tour final. Although he is aware that beating Djokovic will be challenging, he will give it everything he has to win his second tour-level prize.

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“I think it takes a big game to beat him. I think I have that type of style. Just try to go into him and try to come out on top,” he added.

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