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Novak Djokovic knocks out top-10 Rublev to equal Agassi’s unbeaten streak in Australia

Novak Djokovic, when he was in Australia, he doesn’t care who you put in front of him. He has won his last 39 matches, 26 of them on Melbourne Park courts and most of them at Rod Laver Arena. Djokovic already has more wins in Victoria’s capital (87) than Wimbledon (86).

This time it was on the Australian center court Andrey Rublev that fell to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 defeat.

The second act began with the third break of the Serbian, who sought perfection in every shot, as in every match. That’s why when he loses a point, he calls for explanations to his bench, especially to his coach, Goran Ivanisevic.

Rublev was getting desperate because he couldn’t hit any of his four break points. The score had jumped down to 5-2 in the second set. The result accelerated irreparably from then on. Novak did everything right.

Djokovic, again with bandages on his left thigh but no sign of pain, is now approaching another feat. He is two wins away from a 10th title, which would be his 22nd major to match Rafael Nadal‘s all-time high.

He is the same distance from regaining the world ranking no.1 Carlos Alcaraz. The Balkan tennis player, who started the tournament as the fifth seed, is currently ahead of the second seed Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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