Djokovic holds off Fritz to reach Australian Open semifinals for 11th time
Novak Djokovic held off Taylor Fritz 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in 3 3/4 hours to reach the Australian Open semi-finals for the 11th time on Tuesday.
When he gets through the quarterfinals in Australia, Djokovic is unbeaten.
The 24-time major champion has won all 10 semifinals he’s contested at Melbourne Park and all 10 finals. In his record-extending 48th Grand Slam semi-final, he’ll play No. 4-seeded Jannik Sinner or No. 5 Andrey Rublev.
Fritz saved the first 15 break-points he faced, an unheard-of stat against one of the best returners ever.
We all know Taylor has got one of the best serves in the world, Djokovic said. “I knew the kind of threat he poses when he serves on such a high quality.
My conversion was really poor, but in the end of the day, I managed to break him when it mattered. I upped my game midway through the third set, all the way to the end.”
The first game set the tone for a long, tough match. It lasted 16 minutes and contained 24 points, going to deuce nine time

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