Saturday, January 28, 2023

Djokovic beats Medvedev to reach Adelaide final

ADELAIDE, Australia ( Associated Press) — Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the Adelaide tournament despite injuring his foot during the match.

In the seventh game of the first set, Djokovic strained his left leg when sliding to hit a ball and immediately began to pull his hamstring. He had sought medical leave.

“Fortunately, it was nothing serious,” Djokovic said afterward, adding that he walked off the court to take some anti-inflammatories. “I hope tomorrow will be fine.”

Djokovic will face Sebastian Korda in the final on Sunday.

The win was Djokovic’s 33rd straight win in Australia, since his stunning 2018 loss to Hyeon Chung in the quarterfinals of that year’s Australian Open. In last year’s edition, the Serb did not play as he was deported from the country for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Korda advanced to the Adelaide final after Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew due to injury midway through the semi-final match.

The American broke Nishioka’s serve in the first game of the second set and the Japanese called for a medical timeout to treat an apparent leg injury. Nishioka returned to play a few more points, but withdrew in the middle of a game in which Korda was leading 7–6(5), 1–0.

Meanwhile, qualifier Linda Noskova defeated top seed Ons Jabour on Saturday to enter the women’s final.

Jabur, a two-time Grand Slam finalist in singles last year, needed a medical time-off during the first set to treat his back and at times the world No. 2 looked constrained en route to a 6-3 defeat.3, 1-6 and 6–3.

The 18-year-old Czech Noskova, ranked 102nd in the WTA rankings, will face world No. 5 Aryna Sabalenka in Sunday’s final. Sabalenka first advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Irina-Camelia Begu.

Noskova has won six straight matches in her sixth appearance in a WTA tournament final. He had to clear match points during the qualifying stage to qualify for the main draw.

Sabalenka hit five double faults, but ended the match with her sixth ace. She won over 80% of her first serve points and controlled the game from the baseline. He hasn’t dropped a single set in the tournament so far.

“I’m happy with the level I played,” said Sabalenka. “She was playing in a slightly different style, so I’m very happy she was able to win this match.”

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