Slam-bang Novak Djokovic storms into semis at the 2023 Australian Open

Novak Djokovic takes down Andrey Rublev in straight-set to make the semi-finals of the 2023 Australian Open.

Slam-bang Novak Djokovic storms into semis at the 2023 Australian Open

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This was one hell of a demolition job as Novak Djokovic crushed Andrey Rublev in straight sets to walk into the semifinals of the Australian Open. On Wednesday, Novak left no reason or room for debate as he served cannon balls in the form of 14 aces. His power and feel was out of this planet as he showed the Russian how to turn on the heat.

Vengeance and revenge were on Novak’s mind. He has been rubbished by many, drawn into needless controversies. The riposte was to play tennis which was killing and chilling at the Rod Laver arena. Serbian Novak reduced Rublev to rubble as his serves were flying. He was hammering it, some over 200kmph.

Don’t ask if he has a hamstring issue as Novak has put all that aside and taking revenge. Aussies cursed him. Aussies rubbish him. And he has responded like Hulk Hogan in killer mode. The craving to win his 22nd Major is peaking. Novak is showing no mercy.

Ruthless in approach and showing the art of going for the kill like a predator on hard courts. His game, and mind, all are in sync. Novak has shown that nobody can trouble him in mind games be it opponents, commentators, or critics. His straight-set win was a treatise of sorts.

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Novak Djokovic – IMAGO / Shutterstock

Proof of his hot streak in the night of Melbourne were 32 winners packed and punched with panache. All this on a night when every Novak critic had to become mute. If being critical works differently, Novak has soaked it in. He has come out like a warrior ready to smoke out all with his racket. He needs to win two more rounds.

One felt sorry for the Russian Rublev as he was buried like debris in the war front on with Ukraine. Ruthless was Novak, for he has been rubbed by many without reason. His 10th Australian Open title appears so near now. He has been craving for it to stamp his dominance Down Under. What a mean machine, Novak Djokovic.

He goes into the semis for a clash against first-timer Tommy Paul. The American got the better of his compatriot Ben Shelton to reach a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time. A junior Major winner at the French Open, Paul will have a big uphill to climb for him to reach the finals. As for Djokovic, well he doesn’t know how to stop at the Melbourne Park.

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