Djokovic reaches semifinals of ATP Finals



Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals early at the ATP finals in Turin. The five-time tournament winners also won their second group match with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Russia’s Andrei Rublev and made it into the last four for the eleventh time. Djokovic was there in the crucial phase of a tight first set. He made almost inevitable mistakes and quickly pulled away 3-0 in the second round. Rublew, who had defeated compatriot Daniil Medvedev in his first duel, then had no chance.

The day before, according to media reports, Djokovic had received the happy news that he could serve again at the Grand Slam in Melbourne. As reported by the Guardian Australia and TV broadcaster ABC, among others, the Serbian tennis star will get a visa despite his entry ban issued at the beginning of 2022. Nothing would stand in the way of the hunt for his tenth title at the Australian Open. The athlete himself was clueless on Monday evening after his opening win against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in Turin and said that he hadn’t heard anything official yet. His lawyers are “talking to the Australian government. I can’t say more right now.”

Djokovic had tried to enter Australia without a corona vaccination in early 2022, but his visa was declared invalid. After days of forced quarantine in a deportation hotel and several court hearings in Melbourne, he had to leave the country one day before the start of the Australian Open. He was also given a three-year entry ban for the country.

The Australian Open will be the first Grand Slam tournament of the coming year from January 16th to 29th. Tournament boss Craig Tiley was confident that Djokovic can play. He pointed out that there is a normal application process for a visa. “I don’t think there should be any preferential treatment for anyone. But I expect to have an answer in time for everyone to book the flights and get into the country, including Novak.”



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