Djokovic crushes Rublev to reach last four at ATP Finals, Tsitsipas beats Medvedev

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Djokovic crushes Rublev to reach last four at ATP Finals, Tsitsipas beats Medvedev
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Djokovic crushes Rublev to reach last four at ATP Finals, Tsitsipas beats Medvedev
Djokovic crushes Rublev to reach last four at ATP Finals, Tsitsipas beats Medvedev
Reuters
Novak Djokovic (35) booked his place in the last four of the ATP Finals with a crushing 6-4 6-1 defeat of Russian Andrey Rublev (25) at the Turin showpiece on Wednesday, and then confirmed that he has received a visa to play in the Australian Open next year.

After the first nine games went with serve, Djokovic switched on the afterburners to outclass Rublev.

Rublev, who like Djokovic had won his opening match at the year-ender, capitulated when serving to stay in the opener, losing the set as Djokovic thumped a backhand return winner.

The second set was a non-event as five-time champion Djokovic roared to victory in little more than an hour.

See the match summary here.

"I played one of my best matches of the year," Djokovic, who was watched for the first time by both his children Stefan and Tara," said on court. "I found the right attitude and the right game and once I won the first set his energy went down.

"In the second set I just wanted to use that momentum and it was a flawless second set."

Despite being guaranteed a place in the weekend's semi-finals when Djokovic will hope to equal Roger Federer's title record at the ATP's season-ender, the 35-year-old Serb said he will not be relaxing against Medvedev on Friday.

"It won't just be a stroll in the park," he said. "Knowing I'm in the semis it's a great boost but at the same time I want to focus on every match."

If 21-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic wins the title this week he will be the oldest player ever to do so.

He also did confirm that he will take part in next year's Australian Open after being granted a visa.

"I was very happy to receive the news yesterday," he said, after being sent home from Australia on the eve of last year's event after a row about his COVID-19 vaccination status.

In the evening match of the Red Group, Russia's Daniil Medvedev lost to Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas to get eliminated from the tournament. Tsitsipas won the first set 6-3, before losing the second in a 13-11 tie-break. The final set also had to be decided in a tie-break, but the Greek took it in a convincing fashion, 7-1.