‘Looks like Novak Djokovic is coming off for now’, says top coach

Novak Djokovic came within one victory of defending the Australian Open crown after beating qualifier Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 52 minutes. The Russian became the top seed in a Major semi-final, hoping for another miracle but powerless against the world’s leading player. 13 years after playing in the first final in Melbourne, Djokovic added the ninth title match to his account, becoming the third player to have as many finals in a single Major after Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Novak fired 17 aces and suffered two losses, delivering six breaks of seven chances to control the pace on the return and seal the deal in less than two hours. The Serbian had 30 winners and 14 unforced errors, dominating Karatsev in the shorter and middle exchanges to set up the title clash against Daniil Medvedev. Novak made a perfect start, churning out five dominant serve at-bats in the first set and earning a break that sent him forward. The Serbian shot nine winners and one unforced error, patiently waiting for a chance to come back and taking 12 of the last 13 points for 6-3. Novak was zero for an ace in the opening game before Aslan brought the second game home at 15 after Djokovic’s forced error to get his name on the scoreboard. The defending champion closed out the third game when Karatsev missed a backhand, and the Russian matched that pace with a backhand on the winning line in the fourth game 2-2.

The Big 3 have won 60 out of the last 73 Grand Slams

In a recent interview, legendary tennis coach Rick Macci hailed Roger Federer as the Greatest Of All Time. However, he also stated that Novak Djokovic could be adjudged the best tennis player in the near future. The Big 3 have won 60 out of the last 73 Grand Slams since the Wimbledon Championships 2003. They are currently tied with 20 Majors each against their name. “Everyone loves Federer because of his graceful and artistic way of playing. We judge by how many Grand Slams you win. You can’t argue with Djokovic due to his consistency and ability to stay on top, there are very few slowdowns,” said Macci in the interview. In the same interview, Macci claimed that even though Roger Federer is the best player in his opinion, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal can’t be excluded as they can overtake the Swiss Maestro in the future. “Looks like Novak is coming off for now, but Federer might be the best player in my opinion, but Novak could still be the greatest, but Nadal shouldn’t be ruled out either. I think maybe there will be a tie at the end of the day,” added the coach.

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