Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams may have 15 singles titles at the Australian Open between them but the two came into their quarter final battles with questions but answered them the only way they know how, by winning.
The night session on Rod Laver Arena was an epic and soo sad there weren’t fans there to soak in the brilliance of these two and with great credit their opponents.
Serena Williams 6-3 6-3 Simona Halep
Serena was up against Simona Halep, they met in Melbourne in 2019 with Serena winning but Halep won their last meeting in the Wimbledon final. The 7 time former champion started the match like a woman on a mission and wow it was quite impressive.
Not much went wrong for Serena, she broke immediately but was broken back before going onto dominate the opening set. The precision she played with and the power was absolutely incredible. It was mesmerising to watch, she hit soo cleanly and moved fantastically setting out her stall winning the first set 6-3.
There was a response from the Romanian as anticipated as she took a 3-0 lead but it was short lived. Once again the pressure from Serena proved too much for Halep who squandered the break but continued to compete and Serena went onto win 6-3 6-3.
Novak Djokovic 6-7 6-2 6-4 7-6 Sascha Zverev
Novak Djokovic was once again in action but this time against Sascha Zverev in a fascinating battle.
Following the abdominal injury against Taylor Fritz all eyes every match turn to the question ‘how fit is Novak?’ He seemed pretty ok against Raonic and despite some worries came through pretty untroubled.
This was the same against Zverev, I wouldn’t say he looks his fittest right now, how match fit is he but he is getting the results time and time again.
It was Novak’s 80th win at Melbourne Park, he lost the first set to Zverev on the tie-break but recovered well in the second taking it 6-2. The third set in these situations can prove soo damning and down 1-3 and facing a point for 4-1 but somehow pulled off a big turnaround to win the second set from a near impossible position.
In the fourth set I did think that Zverev was hitting the ball much better than the world number one. The power and accuracy behind his backhand was solid and in the latter stages of the set even seeing set points but was forced to a tie-break. It was close and once against Zverev had set points but at 6-6 and after the change of ends he strolled to a big win as his hunt for a 9th Australian Open title goes on.
On Thursday they both will be back in action looking for a spot in an Australian Open final once again! Novak will be up against Aslan Karatsev and Serena will meet Naomi Osaka once more.