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The two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic has overcome several moments of frustration and won an exciting quarter-finals of the Australian Open against Alexander Zverev in four sets in the Rod Laver Arena

Djokovic once smashed a bat but managed to control his temper on the way to a 6-7 (6/8), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) triumph over them Zverev with the sixth starting place in a match that ended well over midnight in Melbourne Park

The number one in the world, who struggled with an abdominal injury in the last two games, will face Russian qualifiers Aslan Karatsev in the semi-finals

Karatsev was the first male qualifier in the Open era to reach the last four in a major after his 2: 6, 6: 4, 6: 1, 6: 2 win against an injured Grigor Dimitrov on Tuesday / p>

Djokovic’s injury has been an issue at Melbourne Park for the past few days, and several high-profile figures in the tennis world have raised doubts about the severity of his illness

He wore duct tape on his stomach against Zverev, but it was his emotional level that possibly worried his followers more as he sometimes looked flat and excited during the game, which lasted three hours and 30 minutes

Djokovic, who is aiming for a stunning ninth Australian Open title, said his injury had been difficult to deal with but he was confident it wouldn’t be a problem in his semi-final against Karatsev

“I did several things to get myself into a playful state,” he said in his court interview

“I did not practice on my days off, I will do the same and I hope the end result will be the same as it is today”

Djokovic admitted that he hadn’t seen Karatsev before the Australian Open, but was impressed with his performance in the tournament so far

With the roof open at the Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic and Zverev played in an almost empty stadium amid the noise of seagulls instead of spectators, while Victoria continued its five-day lockdown

The German, who was semi-finalist in Melbourne last year and finished second at the US Open, immediately gained the upper hand when he broke Djokovic’s serve in the game’s opening game

Later he had a target value for Djokovic’s serve in a long ninth game, but the Serb was trailing 4: 5

In the game that followed, when Zverev served on the set, Djokovic was hunched once at the hips and looked like he was under both physical and emotional stress

But his spirits seemed to lift when he broke his opponent before the set was decided by a tie

An ace 5-5 in the breaker gave Zverev a setpoint that was saved by Djokovic, and he enjoyed another 7-6 as he paused for a small serve, converting to the first set after an hour in court to take

Djokovic peeled off some of his tapes when changing ends as he pondered the first sentence, which summarized 21 casual mistakes

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Whatever his thought process was at the time, it had a positive effect He started the second set by winning the first point with a crisp forehand before breaking Zverev’s serve

Djokovic then served love and broke Zverev for the second time in a set to take a 3-0 lead

After looking dejected and dejected during the opening set, Djokovic’s expressions changed noticeably as the momentum swung in his favor, taking a 4-0 lead when he won his next service game before Zverev in the second set finally on the board stood

Djokovic’s rhythm was not interrupted, however, and he got the second set out relatively easily in 29 minutes, icing it up with his eleventh ace of the game

His performance in the second set was a stark contrast to the first as he only made two casual mistakes and never made a double mistake

Djokovic left the field just before the third set and was on his backfoot not long after his return, similar to what was at the start of the game

He gave a break in the second game with a double fault and did not put a glove on the Zverev serve in the third game

After Djokovic held the serve for Trail 1-3, he sat down bizarrely at the end of the court between games.After the game had restarted, he seemed to have composed enough to hit a breakpoint, but his frustrations boiled over in the same game

He crashed his bat three times behind the baseline after sending a service return on the net and had to go to his chair to find a replacement

Zverev eventually won the game, but the game was suspended because a ball kid had to sweep up fragments of Djokovic’s bat that were left on the court

The third set soon turned around when Djokovic took a double break on the way to serve for the set 5-4. He made no mistake and let out a mighty roar in the direction of his player box as he had a lead of two Sentences built up to one

There was a tie, and it was Djokovic who prevailed and won the match on Jan. The evening ended with an ace

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