Djokovic will face Medvedev in the semifinals in Adelaide

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ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to advance to the semifinals with Daniil Medvedev at the Adelaide International.

The joint ATP-WTA event is a warm-up for this year’s Australian Open, which number one Djokovic missed last year after being kicked out of the country for failing to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

“At first he was a good player. He was dictating,” said the 35-year-old Serbian Djokovic after going 8-0 against his Canadian opponent. “(Then) I started to find my function and my mindset on the field.”

The 21-time Grand Slam winner, who is preparing for his 10th Australian Open, will face third-ranked Medvedev on Saturday.

“I don’t think there will be too many short points tomorrow unless we both serve well,” Djokovic said. “Usually when you play Daniil, you have to be ready to go the distance physically, mentally, game-wise.

Medvedev, who was a finalist to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open last year, beat Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 on Friday.

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