Novak Djokovic: I wasn’t really optimistic after Taylor Fritz clash

No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic felt great on the court against Aslan Karatsev and he is happy to have two days off to prepare for the Australian Open final. 

Djokovic, a record eight-time Australian Open champion, defeat qualifier Karatsev 6-3 6-4 6-2 to advance to the final at Melbourne Park.

“I felt as best as I felt so far in the tournament, physically, mentall,” Djokovic said in his press conference, per Tennis Majors.

Djokovic now awaits the winner of the Australian Open semifinal between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

“I’m happy I have two days off now. I’m ready for a battle, toughest match of the tournament,” Djokovic said. 

“It has a positive impact for my confidence and maybe on my opponents, but that’s not going to be the decisive factor on Sunday.”

Djokovic’s condition improved 

After suffering a strain injury in the third round against Taylor Fritz, Djokovic’s participation in the rest of the Australian Open was doubtful. 

However, Djokovic continued the tournament and ended up beating Milos Raonic, Alexander Zverev and Karatsev to make the final at Melbourne Park.

“I knew once I triumphed over Zverev, I just knew things would be better for me, I had that inner feeling,” Djokovic said. 

Djokovic claimed a comfortable straight-set win over Karatsev and safely progress into the final. 

The Serb played with no pain against the Russian and it showed on the court. 

“I played with no pain tonight,” Djokovic revealed. 

After beating Fritz, Djokovic said he may not be able to continue the tournament. 

“I was not really optimistic after the match with Fritz, but we, my team, physios, took it day by day, made sure we did everything we possibly could, to give myself a shot to compete. Each day was getting better,” Djokovic admitted. 

It remains to be seen if Djokovic can claim a record ninth Australian Open title on Sunday. 

Djokovic reacts to making the Australian Open final.

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