An intense Novak Djokovic brushed apart Daniil Medvedev on Saturday to arrange an Adelaide Worldwide closing in opposition to Sebastian Korda and performed down harm issues after showing to tweak his hamstring.
The highest seed, who has an ominous 22-1 report since September, was breathtaking at occasions as he cruised previous the previous world primary 6-3, 6-4 in preparation for the Australian Open, the place he’s a nine-time champion.
World quantity 5 Djokovic broke in each units on Medvedev double-faults earlier than lifting his depth to storm house.
However he had a scare within the first set, clutching his left hamstring as he tried to achieve for a Medvedev cross-court forehand. He continued however then took a medical timeout.
“Fortunately nothing too severe, if it was I wouldn’t be capable of proceed,” he mentioned.
“I simply tried with some anti-inflammatories and it sort of settled in after a couple of video games.
“I used to be simply making an attempt to maintain the momentum going and don’t permit him to interrupt my serve. The longer the match went my hamstring was hotter, I assume, and bothering me much less.
“Hopefully for tomorrow it is going to be all superb,” he added.
Unseeded Korda, son of former world quantity two Petr Korda, was in cost 7-6 (7/5), 1-0 of his match when Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka known as for a medical timeout for therapy in his higher proper leg earlier than pulling out of the match.
“Very excited for the way in which I’m enjoying and plenty of confidence main into the large one (closing),” mentioned Korda, 22, who received his first and solely title on clay in Parma in 2021, whereas making two finals final yr.
“Excited to play both one (Djokovic or Medvedev). It’s at all times an excellent factor to be taught from completely different sorts of gamers.
“It’s going to be an excellent studying expertise regardless of the end result and, , I’m going to go for the win.”
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Publish date: 2023-01-07 18:11:46
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