World No 1 Novak Djokovic won 6-3 6-4 6-2 over 114th seed Aslan Karatsev in the semi-final to book a place for him in the final of the Australian Open 2021 on Thursday. Karatsev fought hard but Djokovic showed his class as he cruised to yet another final at Melbourne Park. Djokovic became the first finalist and now he will wait for the winner of Daniil Medvedev-Stefanos Tsitsipas. Also Read - Novak Djokovic Equals Roger Federer's Record For Most Weeks as World No.1 at ATP Rankings
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“This is the best I have felt in the entire tournament. It felt great, I could swing through the ball and no pain,” he said.
“It was my best match so far and came at the right time. I’m thrilled.”
Asked what he has learned, Karatsev said: “That I can play with everyone. To be there and to compete with everyone.
“It was a great two weeks for me and to play against Novak, it helps me to get this experience, to feel the game, the way how he’s playing.
“I’ll get this confidence and just keep playing, keep practising.”