Novak Djokovic’s path to the 11th semifinal in Melbourne was mostly straightforward, with the exception of a break by Taylor Fritz in the fourth set. Djokovic maintained a strong performance throughout the match, improving his first serve percentage from 39% to an impressive 63%. He also displayed a consistent serving strength, with his fastest serve clocking in at 204 km/h. In terms of winners and unforced errors, Djokovic had fewer winners (52-63) but also fewer unforced errors (26-39) compared to his opponents. The number of aces was in Djokovic’s favor (19-16), but Fritz served more times overall (90-72) and won the same number of points from serves (59). However, Fritz struggled in returning Djokovic’s serves, winning only 13 points compared to Djokovic’s 31. Despite being pressured by Fritz’s forehand, Djokovic managed to utilize variations in his game, including drop shots, volleys, and passing shots. The match lasted for 3 hours and 45 minutes, and even though Fritz managed to break Djokovic’s serve in the fourth set, it became apparent that the match would not go to a fifth set as Djokovic regained his momentum and aggressiveness, ultimately winning with a score of 6-3 in the final set.
The extended duration of the day’s matches on Rod Laver Arena, including the match between Jennifer Brady and Marta Kostyuk, as well as Djokovic’s own match against Taylor Fritz, may result in a delayed start for the match that will determine Djokovic’s next opponent, Jannik Sinner or Andrey Rublev. Despite the late start and potential for a long match, all players from today’s program will have a day’s rest before their next match on Friday. Additionally, Aryna Sabalenka’s quick victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in just 33 minutes and Sinner’s impressive track record against Rublev (6-2) suggest that the upcoming semifinals may feature exciting tennis in the men’s singles of the top half of the draw.