Stability: (1) Novak Djokovic vs Aslan Karsev
Date: 18 February 2021
Tournament: Australian Open 2021
The goal: Semi finals
place: Melbourne, Australia
category: Grand Slam
Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
prize money: AUD $ 80 million
Live telecast: USA – ESPN / Tennis Channel | India – Sony Six
Novak Djokovic Vs. Aslan Kartsev Preview
Top seed Novak Djokovic made his ninth semi-final appearance in Melbourne at the 2021 Australian Open. Remarkably, every time the Serb made it to the final four downs, he walked away with the trophy.
Djokovic appeared in the top form in his opening matches of the 2021 tournament, but the world No.1 has struggled with injury in the last few rounds.
The Serbs were in severe pain during their five-set intense bout with Taylor Fritz in the third round, but managed to fight back to win the match. He Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev – also defeated two quality opponents, each once again to make the semi-finals.
But Djokovic is still not at his 100%, as he revealed after the match against Zverev.
“There have been too many injuries,” said the 33-year-old. “I’m just hoping that all of this is temporary so that we can go back to what we are used to doing without interruption of practice.”
Meanwhile Elan Kartsev, who faced Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, is currently running in a dream. The 114th-ranked Russian qualifier in the world has defied all odds to make it to the final four in Melbourne.
Karatsev has defeated three of the top 20 players Diego Schwartzman, Felix Auger-Alissim and Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the semi-finals. The Russian will be hoping for a better go on Thursday, but before that the enormity of the task cannot be eliminated.
Novak Djokovic Vs. Aslan Karatsev head-to-head
Unexpectedly, Novak Djokovic and Aslan Karatsev have not faced off on the first tour. Their head-to-head currently stands at 0–0.
Novak Djokovic Vs. Aslan Kartsev Prophecy
The fact is that Aslan Kartsev has not met Novak Djokovic before the Russians get little benefit. He The tournament has featured a strong baseline game so far, hitting the ball with tremendous power, and is also surprised by the unfamiliarity of the big stage.
But to defeat Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, Karthsev will have to go for big shots and keep looking for the lines. Which historically has proved to be an impossible task for each player against Djokovic at this stage of the tournament.
Forecast: Novak Djokovic won in four sets.
Published February 17, 2021 00:06 AM