Novak Djokovic advances to Adelaide final despite leg injury

Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to advance to the Adelaide International final in Australia despite sustaining a leg injury during the match. In Sydney, Italy will play the United States in the final of the inaugural United Cup.

Serbian star will face Korda in Australia

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic cramps up during his semifinal match against Russian Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Adelaide International tournament in Adelaide on Saturday. (Brenton Edwards/AFP via Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to advance to the Adelaide International final in Australia despite sustaining a leg injury during the match.

In the seventh game of the first set, Djokovic caught his left foot when sliding for a ball and immediately began stretching out his hamstring. He took a medical timeout.

"Thankfully, it was nothing too serious," Djokovic said later, adding he went off court to take some anti-inflammatories. "Hopefully, tomorrow it will be all fine."

Djokovic will play Sebastian Korda in Sunday's final.

The win was Djokovic's 33rd in a row in Australia since his shock 2018 loss to Hyeon Chung in the Australian Open quarterfinals that year. He did not play last year when he was deported from Australia for not being vaccinated for COVID-19.

Korda advanced to the final after Yoshihito Nishioka retired hurt midway through their semifinal.

Korda broke Nishioka's serve in the opening game of the second set and the Japanese left-hander called a medical timeout for treatment on an apparent leg injury. Nishioka returned to play a few more points before retiring mid-game, with Korda leading 7-6 (5), 1-0.

Jabeur ousted by qualifier

Teenage qualifier Linda Noskova advanced to the women's singles final after beating top-seeded Ons Jabeur.

Jabeur, a two-time Grand Slam singles finalist last year, needed a medical timeout for treatment on her back during the opening set and the world No. 2-ranked player looked restricted at times on the way to a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat on Saturday.

Noskova, an 18-year-old Czech ranked 102, will take on world No. 5 Aryna Sabalenka in Sunday's final. Sabalenka earlier advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Irina-Camelia Begu.

Noskova has won six consecutive matches in only her sixth appearance in the main draw of a WTA event. She had to save match points during qualifying to make it to the main draw.

Sabalenka had five double-faults but finished the match with her sixth ace. She won more than 80% of her points on her first serve and controlled the match from the baseline. She hasn't dropped a set this tournament.

"I'm happy with the level I played," Sabalenka said. "She's playing a little bit different style, so I'm super happy that I was able to win this match."

Gauff coasts into ASB Classic title match

Top-seeded Coco Gauff advanced to the final of the ASB Classic by beating Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-0, 6-2 in New Zealand.

The American hasn't yet dropped a set at the Auckland hardcourt tournament and needed a little more than an hour to defeat seventh-seeded Kovinic to reach the fourth final of her career.

"It means a lot, the last final was the French Open," Gauff said. "But on the WTA level, the last one was Parma [in 2021], so it's been a while.

"Any final is special, especially the first week of the year. I didn't expect this outcome coming into the tournament. I couldn't have asked for a better start to the season, regardless of the result tomorrow."

The 18-year-old Gauff conceded in a courtside interview she's "in the groove" at the start of the year and just over a week ahead of the Australian Open after another impressive win.

Gauff completed her win just before rain arrived to delay the second semifinal between qualifiers Ysaline Bonaventure and Rebeka Masarova.

When play resumed, Masarova beat Bonaventure 6-3, 6-3 to reach her first WTA Tour final. She has won seven matches at the tournament so far, including qualifying and beating second-seeded Sloane Stephens in the first round of the main draw.

With files from CBC Sports

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