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results of the tennis matches today, Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Australian Open already has its first finalist in the men’s draw: Novak Djokovic It has awakened Aslan Karetsev from his dream after beating the Russian tennis player in the semis in three sets (6-3, 6-4 and 6-2). In addition, after the matches played this Thursday, February 18 at the Australian Open, the women’s final of this first Grand Slam of the season has been defined: Naomi osaka Y Jennifer brady the first major title of the season will be played.

Novak Djokovic He is already in the final of the Australian Open. The number one has entered a height of the tournament where he is invincible. The Serbian tennis player was playing his ninth semifinal in Melbourne and was facing the revelation of this tournament: Aslan Karetsev, 27-year-old Russian tennis player, from the previous one and who was playing his first Grand Slam.

After a real battle against Alexander Zverev, Djokovic faced a completely new rival in these conflicts and it did not take long to impose his dominance. With a solid service in the first set, Novak took advantage of the only opportunity he had to take the serve of his rival and win the first set in just over half an hour of play (6-3).

From there the Russian tennis player was cornered by Djokovic. He held 1-1 in the second quarter, but gave up his next two service turns without any opposition. With 5-2 on the scoreboard, Nole was preparing to serve to close the sleeve, but the company was complicated. The Serbian could not lift the second break ball and Karetsev recovered a break cheered by an audience that, after five days of confinement, was eager for emotions in the stands. With the strength of the one who has nothing to lose, the Russian got to enjoy two balls to make it 5-5, but Djokovic avoided it and ended up throwing the loop on a set (6-4) that almost escaped him.

Only one set separated him from his ninth final and in the third set he did not lower his guard. He ended up closing the match after one hour and 55 minutes of play, with a result of 6-3, 6-4 and 6-2 to get into his ninth final at the Australian Open. The Serbian awaits a rival from Tsitsipas-Medvedev (Friday) and dismisses Melbourne’s Karatsev after a memorable tournament.

Naomi Osaka – Jennifer Brady, the women’s final

In addition, during the early hours in Spain the two women’s semifinals were played. Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams in two sets, 6-3, 6-4. Thus says goodbye to the American tennis player, who was pursuing her 24th Grand Slam in Melbourne, and she has done it through tears without daring to say if it will be the last time she will be seen at the Australian Grand Slam.

The Japanese tennis player will be seen in the women’s final with Jennifer Brady (Saturday 20). The American beat Czech Karolina Muchova in three sets, with a result of 6-4, 3-6 and 6-4.