Boris Becker talks about an aspect that clearly favors Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic dominated his quarter-final, conceding only crumbs to Andrey Rublev, thus obtaining qualification for the semi-final at the Australian Open where he will face the surprising Tommy Paul. The former coach of the Serbian and former six-time slam winner Boris Becker gave an interesting interview to Eurosport talking about the 35-year-old from Belgrade.
The men's semifinals of the Australian Open 2023 have been outlined, both scheduled for Friday. Stefanos Tsitsipas and Karen Khachanov will face each other first, then it will be Novak Djokovic's turn against Tommy Paul. The Greek is the favorite in the first semifinal, having always played well at Melbourne Park and being able to count on a wide range of solutions.
In the other semifinal, Paul will need a real feat to prevent Nole from reaching the last act. The former world number 1 seems to have definitively recovered from the problem with his left hamstring that had conditioned him in the first three rounds.
The Serbian phenomenon has asphalted Alex de Minaur and Andrey Rublev, revealing a truly excellent physical condition and sending a clear message to all his rivals. The man to beat is always Nole, especially on the Rod Laver Arena.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade is hunting for his tenth AO seal, which would also allow him to return to the top of the Atp ranking. Becker is convinced that Djokovic definitely fits in a noisier and more emotional atmosphere, it thrives on that, said Becker.
Becker on Djokovic's performance in Melbourne
The German then talked about what Djokovic is doing in this Australian Open. He said: "I'm not surprised, but I'm repeatedly impressed by the fact that he is able to deliver his performances over and over again.
He's been on the tennis circuit for quite a few years and has suffered a few physical injuries: it's impressive that he always manages to find the motivation and strength to play his best tennis at just the right time." The two-time Australian Open champion then advised the 21-time Grand Slam winner not to be too euphoric about the future.
He stated that he should relax tonight before focusing on his next he: "The most important thing is that he doesn't let himself be impressed by this moment: the semi-final is upon us and he mustn't look to the future with too much euphoria.
He needs to forget about the game, relax a bit tonight and then concentrate on the next match from tomorrow”. Novak Djokovic is just two games away from catching Rafael Nadal again in number of grand slams won at 22.
The next step will be Tommy Paul. Against the American it will be the absolute first for the Serbian tennis player. If successful, the eventual final will be either against Karen Khachanov or Stefanos Tsitsipas.