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Djokovic back in Australian Open final

Djokovic back in Australian Open final
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his Australian Open semi-final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev. (Reuters)

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MELBOURNE – Defending champion Novak Djokovic declared himself fighting fit for the Australian Open final after ending the incredible run of Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev with his “best match” of the tournament on Thursday.

The Serbian world number one eased into his ninth decider at Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win under the lights at Rod Laver Arena and will battle either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Daniil Medvedev for the title.

Djokovic’s tournament appeared on a knife edge when he suffered an abdominal injury during his third round match against Taylor Fritz less than a week ago.

Yet he has put that aside and will have two days off to recover before Sunday’s final.

“This is the best I felt during the entire tournament,” he told Jim Courier on court.

“Felt great, I could swing through the ball, no pain, just best match so far, and it came at the right time and I’m thrilled to feel this way. (Reuters)