2023 Australian Open QF: [5] Andrey Rublev vs Novak Djokovic [4]

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Who will put himself in the SF?


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Rafa the King

Hall of Fame
Rublev is the slight favourite here. I expect a battle royale though. Novak can make a fight of it though if the hamstring can hold up a while. Rublev though FH is fire and will be very tough to deal with. Looking forward to it.

You lot are worse than Rafa in his pressers lmao
Novak needs to play at his best to have chances. Otherwise will be impossible no?
 

jm1980

Talk Tennis Guru
Anyone expecting a lopsided scoreline in Novak's favor is in for a huge surprise.

Unlike de Minaur, Rublev has the weapons to bother Djokovic and test his hamstring. If Djokovic wins, it won't come easy
 
If Rublev plays similar to Rune match then it's Novak in max 4 sets, most likely 3. Novak at the AO is different ball game to young and immature Dune who did everything in his power to gift Rublev this match. Djokovic will not be serving 12 dfs, miss every first serve under pressure or play too passively or agressively whenever he gets slight opening.

I expect Novak to pin Rublev to his backhand corner and exploit his defensive game with controlled agression. Rublev is serving well but misses many first serves in some games which won't cut vs elite returer like Djokovic.
 

Chanwan

G.O.A.T.
Why? Rublev has beat Novak before and is playing very well right now. He can absolutely win. He’s in his prime and peak physical and game wise conditions .
He is. But he also has
- a very attackable 2nd serve
- a BH that can be exploited
- subelite movement and defense skills
- lack of variety
- etc. that Djoko can and will exploit.

And Djoko is in peak form and has just lose one match since the FO.
Djoko in 3 again, 7-11 games for RU.

You also thought Djoko would lose today so forgive me for not trusting your skepticism
 

80s New Wave

Semi-Pro
Don't think rublev has enough variety in his ground game or serve unless djokovics movement is impaired more than it looked against dmn. Could see rublev getting a close set maybe but not more.
 

Lauren_Girl'

Hall of Fame
quite ironical that the other 3 seeds Djokovic could've faced in quarterfinal have lost. Compared to Medvedev (6), Auger-Aliassime (7) and Fritz (8) , Rublev (5) seems like the least dangerous QF (at least for Djokovic). But now it turns out Rublev is the only seed 5-8 who made it through the QF.
Rublev is still a more complicated QF than Khachanov, Ledecka or Paul, ultimately. From now on The biggest threat in the draw for Nole is Korda.
 
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Deleted member 629564

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quite ironical that the other 3 seeds Djokovic could've faced in quarterfinal have lost. Compared to Medvedev (6), Auger-Aliassime (7) and Fritz (8) , Rublev (5) seems like the least dangerous QF (at least for Djokovic). But now it turns out Rublev is the only seed 5-8 who made it through the QF.
Yes, it's a bit awkward as all of them (Medvedev, FAA, Fritz) were quite safe bets for the QF lineup.
Rublev is still a more complicated QF than Khachanov, Ledecka or Paul, ultimately. From now on The biggest threat in the draw for Nole is Korda.
To me it's rather Tsitsipas > Rublev > Korda = Khachanov.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
The disrespect for Rublev in this thread is disappointing to see. The guy is a regular top 5-10 player and very consistent. He will push Novak and it will be battle. Djoko will need his best game and stay injury free to have good chance.

Looking forward to the matchup.
Agree about the disrespect but that’s just TTW in all its glory.

Agree about Rubylev consistency…he has lost all 7 of his slam QFs and won only two sets in those matches (RG’22 STB loss to Cilic). Taking even one set would improve his average result at this slam stage.

I’m a little disappointed in the attitude he expressed in the on-court interview with Fitzgerald after the Rune match, sounding very much resigned to a bad result because it’s Djokovic (also throwing shade at AdM for assuming his defeat) in his QF. Shades of Gulbis and Bresnik prior to the RG’14 SF. The Ernests, despite his expressed pessimism, did get a set off Djoker so I’m going to give Andrey credit to win a set. Djokovic in 4.
 

ZYW

Rookie
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Very strange to make this for a shared record while Novak is still in the draw.
 
If Djokovic is healthy, I don't see Rublev winning.

If the hamstring flares up, maybe Rublev has the game to make Novak run from side to side. But does he have the tennis IQ to exploit this consistently? I am not sure. Djokovic did not seem hampered against de Minaur so probably he will be OK.
 

Rina

Hall of Fame
Wait? I thought Minotaur was the toughest test. Now it is this one, the toughest test to come?
 

Jonesy

Legend
Wait? I thought Minotaur was the toughest test. Now it is this one, the toughest test to come?
The Minotaur has been slain, but now that the Kraken has been unleashed our hero finds himself in another insurmountable situation.
 

Djokodal Fan

Hall of Fame
Not sure of what to make out of Novak’s injury claims. If fit, I expect Novak to win.
If not, this match will be a toss up. Rublev might finally have a chance to beat Novak
 

paolo2143

Professional
If Novak has virtually no niggles like the other day then i would expect him to win a well contested 4 setter.

However, if his injury plays up like 2nd and 3rd rounds then Rublev has a real chance as he is playing really well in last 10 days.
 

EdMcMush

Professional
Lets be real.

Rublev has a flat 0% chance of winning even against Injured Djokovic. He hasn't even won a set vs Novak on Hard Courts in best of 3, this is best of 5, what can he do?
irrational nadal fans think nadal can beat Djokovic on hardcourt even though nadal has not won a set off Novak on hard courts since the 2013 us open final. so people can think what they want. yet rublev if he is on, is extremely dangerous
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
You think the guy with a $100 million career prize money is going to struggle vs Rublev?

COME ON!
This seems a weird viewpoint, as if prize money has anything to do with match ups? Fed won 130 million on court and still lost every slam match to Novak after 2012.
 

Rina

Hall of Fame
Hoping for an all out war in this match - really looking forward to it.
Just hope the absolute best version of Rublev shows up.
I mean any version could show up, but how come they show up so rarely that they are endangered species? These new tennis players? (Not new at all though, are they?)
 

Ombelibable

Professional
This seems a weird viewpoint, as if prize money has anything to do with match ups? Fed won 130 million on court and still lost every slam match to Novak after 2012.
My line was an indirect quote from the series 'Arrested Development', not an erudite tennis assessment.
 

MugOpponent

Hall of Fame
I don't really expect this match to have much drama. Djokovic frequently drops sets but those matches aren't particularly tight. So you might get 62 61 36 64 or 75 62 63.
 
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