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Novak Djokovic powers to Australian Open final after defensive masterclass against grand slam debutant

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Novak Djokovic put on a defensive masterclass against Aslan Karatsev to advance to the Australian Open final.

(CNN)Novak Djokovic put on a defensive masterclass against Aslan Karatsev to advance to the Australian Open final.

While Karatsev showed great resolve in his first career grand slam semifinal, Djokovic's experience and class shone as the Serbian reached his third successive Australian Open final.

Djokovic made just one unforced error in the entire set.

If Karatsev looked the Serbian's equal during the opening games, the world No. 1 eventually capitalized on the eventual mistakes made by Karatsev to break and then hold his serve to take a set lead.

The eight-time Australian Open was in complete control, breaking once again early in the second set to assert his dominance.

Another break extended Djokovic's lead and although Karatsev broke back to suggest a comeback could be on the cards, Djokovic held off multiple break points to clinch the second set.

Karatsev was broken in his first service game of the third set and 17-time grand slam winner Djokovic went on to comfortably close out the match.

However, after making the semifinals in his first grand slam and showing courage in going up one of the sport's best, Karatsev can go home with his head held high.

Djokovic will now look to seal an 18th grand slam title and move to within two of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who jointly lead the way for the most men's singles grand slams with 20 titles apiece.

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