Novak Djokovic vs Andrey Rublev live: Australian Open 2023 quarterfinal score and latest updates

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Novak Djokovic vs Andrey Rublev live: Australian Open 2023 quarterfinal score and latest updates – REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

8:51 am

Djokovic* 1-0 Rublev (* indicates server)

Djokovic opens his serve with a double fault that sends a murmur of surprise through the field. Only his 13th double fault of the tournament, and an unfavorable way to open a quarterfinal. But Djokovic shoots wide of the post moments later, after Rublev undershot his return into the net.

He confirms parity with a scythe, then forces Rublev to hit too deep from the back of a 120 mph serve. But at 40-15, Rublev serves a whip-smart forehand that completely bypasses Djokovic.

But when he is pulled into the first rally of the game, Rublev finds the net under pressure.

8:45 am

Djokovic wins the toss

He chooses to serve, and the pair begin their warm-up. A gentle but persistent breeze blows through their shirts, Rublev’s curls pinned with an electric blue headband.

8:40 am

Hover just off the track

Rublev walks back and forth on his own, while Djokovic is nowhere to be seen; he is only too happy to let his opponent wait for him.

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Eventually, Djokovic emerges and chases Rublev, dressed in electric blue, through the tunnel. The Russian steps out first and roundly applauds, but nothing can beat the cheers and excitement for Djokovic, who is once again so popular at this match.

8:33 am

Can Rublev stop a player who seems unstoppable?

One Nick Kyrgios, recovering from knee surgery, shared his thoughts as he watched Djokovic take on fellow countryman De Minaur. Well, quite.

8:26 am

Karen Khachanov causes political turmoil at the Australian Open

After finishing his quarterfinal match against Sebastian Korda who retired, Khachanov wrote ‘Atrsakh stay strong!’ on a TV camera, in solidarity with the Armenian pro-independence protests in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“I have Armenian roots,” Khachanov said on Tuesday, after beating Sebastian Korda to advance to the semifinals. “On my father’s side, on my grandfather’s side, even on my mother’s side. To be honest, I don’t want to go any deeper than that. I just wanted to show strength and support to my people.”

Read more in Simon Brigg’s report here.

8:20 am

Elsewhere in the men’s quarterfinals

Yesterday Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Jiri Lehecka 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 and Karen Khachanov took the win in three sets after Sebastian Korda retired in the third set.

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This morning Ben Shelton fell to compatriot Tommy Paul in a closely fought match that went to four sets; their all-American fight and Korda’s inclusion made this the first grand-slam quarterfinals featuring three American men for the first time in 18 years.

Tommy Paul celebrated lavishly after defeating compatriot Ben Shelton - AP/Dita Alangkara

Tommy Paul celebrated lavishly after defeating compatriot Ben Shelton – TBEN/Dita Alangkara

8:08 am

One step closer to his 10th title Down Under?

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of the Australian Open Men’s Fourth Quarterfinal, as Novak Djokovic takes on number five seed Andrey Rublev at Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic already holds the record for most Australian Open wins, but has his sights set on a statement-making tenth win, having come through the draw to banish soured memories of last year’s deportation spectacle. His blistering 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 victory over home favorite Alex De Minaur heading into today’s match makes him the most likely contender, and although there were doubts about his fitness early on, Djokovic finished the match with heavy bands on his left thigh – he said in his court interview after beating De Minaur that he felt ‘great’.

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“I didn’t feel anything today,” said Djokovic. “Today was great. I keep going, I don’t want to celebrate too early. I felt really good in the first game, the second not so great, so I know things can change very quickly, I don’t take anything for granted.”

At a later Serbian press conference, he denounced those who doubted whether he was rightly injured, adding that he was the only player to be subjected to such rumours.

“Only my injuries are questioned. If some other players are injured, then they are the victims, but if I am, I pretend. It’s very interesting… I don’t feel like I have to prove anything .” everybody.”

Rublev too has had a confident journey in Melbourne so far, his biggest test coming in his fourth round match against Holger Rune, going to five sets, but Rublev took victory on time, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (tiebreak 11-9).

The Russian player, who is only one place below Djokovic this year, has beaten Djokovic once in the previous three meetings.

Stick with us as we bring you all the set up for the first service at approximately 8.30am UK time.

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