On Saturday, the focused Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev to advance to the Adelaide International final. He’ll face Sebastian Korda. Djokovic allayed concerns about an injury despite looking to tweak his hamstring.
The top seed, who has an unsettling 22-1 record since September. And was at times breath-taking as he easily defeated the former world number one 6-3, 6-4. This happened just before the Australian Open, where he is a nine-time champion. Five-ranked Djokovic broke on double faults by Medvedev in both sets, then ramped up his effort to win.
However, he had a scare in the opening set when he tried to grab for a cross-court forehand from Medvedev and found himself clutching his left hamstring. He carried on but then stopped for a medical break. Also Said: Carlos Alcaraz, Iga Swiatek excel in the new tennis era as Roger Federer, Serena Williams retire
“Thankfully nothing too serious, if it was I wouldn’t be able to continue. I just tried with some anti-inflammatories and it kind of settled in after a few games.I was just trying to keep the momentum going and don’t allow him to break my serve. The longer the match went my hamstring was warmer, I guess, and bothering me less. Hopefully for tomorrow it will be all fine.”Novak Said.
Korda excited to face Novak in the finals
Unseeded Petr Korda’s son, Sebastian Korda, was leading his match 7-6 (7/5), 1-0, when Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan requested a medical timeout and then withdrew due to pain in his upper right thigh.
“Very excited for the way I’m playing and a lot of confidence leading into the big one (final). Excited to play either one (Djokovic or Medvedev). It’s always a great thing to learn from different kinds of players. It’s going to be a great learning experience whatever the outcome and, you know, I’m going to go for the win.”SAID KORDA, 22, WHO WON HIS FIRST AND ONLY TITLE ON CLAY IN PARMA IN 2021, WHILE MAKING TWO FINALS LAST YEAR.
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