Australian Open: 'Amazing champion' Novak Djokovic 'daunting' for rivals in semi-finals - Tim Henman
Eurosport expert Tim Henman has hailed the guts and fighting spirit of world number one Novak Djokovic after he battled through to the semi-finals of the 2021 Australian Open after a gruelling victory over sixth seed Alexander Zverev on Rod Laver Arena. Henman believes the Serb represents a "daunting" opponent for his rivals in the last four.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their men's singles quarter-final match on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Top seed Novak Djokovic demonstrated yet again why he is such an "amazing champion" with his gutsy win over Alexander Zverev, says Eurosport's Tim Henman.
The 33-year-old was at his fiery best as he outfought Zverev and secured his place in the semi-finals with a four-set, 6-7 6-2 6-4 7-6, victory on Rod Laver Arena. It was never comfortable for Djokovic, but he brushed aside both his abdominal concerns and the German's challenge in impressive fashion.
After the Serb clinched his 80th victory at Melbourne Park, he will now have the challenge of facing unheralded Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev, who shocked Grigor Dimitrov, in what will be his ninth semi-final in Australia.
"I feel drained, honestly," Djokovic told Jim Courier in his on-court interview after the match, but Henman believes the world number one will actually come into the semi-finals with a real edge, and as a "daunting" prospect for his rivals to come up against.