Australian Open 2023 semi-final: Novak Djokovic v Tommy Paul – live | Australian Open 2023

Key eventsShow key events onlyPlease turn on JavaScript to use this featureDjokovic 1-0 *Paul (*denotes next server)First up, Paul immediately tries to attack Djokovic’s second serve, but nets an ambitious, high-velocity return for 15-0. Djokovic messes up a smash for 15-15, and Paul has a flicker of a chance at 15-30, after again looking to attack, hitting powerfully from the baseline.Djokovic takes it back to 30-30 with an unreturnable serve … but then double faults! It’s a break point for Paul at the first time of asking.A beefy serve down the middle from the Serb gets him out of a hole. Deuce. Djokovic soon has advantage, too, but hits long and it’s back to parity.A second break point for Paul comes when Djokovic hits an odd, tired looking backhand into the net. But again he produces a powerful first serve to save himself, then thumps an ace out wide. Another ace, down the middle, and that’s the game. A positive approach from Paul, anyway, and early work to do for Djokovic.Updated at 08.54 GMTWarm-ups are done. Djokovic to serve. Let’s go.Updated at 08.46 GMTHere come the players on to Rod Laver Arena. “It’s time for the match,” says the Eurosport presenter, Alizé Lim. She’s not wrong.Tommy Paul “is a great athlete and very solid from the baseline”, says Barbara Schett on Eurosport.Mats Wilander adds of Paul’s potential approach: “He has to be prepared to risk everything … he has to take it to Djokovic.”“Hit winners from the back of the court, and don’t make mistakes,” adds the super-coach, Tim Henman.Updated at 08.36 GMTYesterday, both women’s semi-finals were high-quality matches. Tomorrow’s final will be a collision between two big hitters – Elena Rybakina, who defeated Victoria Azarenka, will meet Aryna Sabalenka, who progressed to her first grand-slam final after dispatching the unseeded Polish player Magda Linette.Updated at 08.31 GMTOne men’s semi-final is complete: Stefanos Tsitsipas, the No 3 seed, awaits in Sunday’s final following his four-set win against Karen Khachanov. (I would write Karen Khachanov of Russia, but of course he was competing under a ‘neutral’ flag.)Stefanos Tsitsipas. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesUpdated at 08.26 GMTTumaini CarayolSrdjan Djokovic, the father of Novak Djokovic, has said he will not attend his son’s Australian Open semi-final match against Tommy Paul on Friday night and he had “no intention of being caught up” in any disruption after being filmed with pro-Vladimir Putin spectators on Wednesday night.PreambleCan anyone stop Novak Djokovic? Specifically, can Tommy Paul stop Novak Djokovic? It seems unlikely. But no one would have given the unseeded American, ranked No 35 in the world, a hope of making it this far. He came through a second-round five-setter against Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina of Spain, and conquered Andy Murray’s nemesis, Roberto Bautista Agut, in the fourth round.He’s had a fine run, and evoked memories of former American greats such as Andy Roddick, the last US male player to make a semi-final at Melbourne Park. But Paul is facing the nine-times champion on his favourite court, the venue at which he has achieved the most success. The Serb also seems extra-motivated (if that is even possible) following last year’s Covid vaccination furore, but he has, as usual, been dogged by controversy.The waiting will be over in a few minutes, with Djokovic aiming for a crack at a 10th Australian Open title. Let’s do this.Updated at 08.18 GMT