Nobody has ever performed better at this stage of the Australian Open than 10-time champion Novak Djokovic.

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He has won the title every time he has won a quarterfinal at Melbourne Park, including Tuesday's victory over Taylor Fritz.

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The odds are typically stacked against his semifinal opponent.

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Perhaps even more so against fourth seed Jannik Sinner, who won a quarterfinal over No. 5 Andrey Rublev.

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That started at 10:42 p.m. and ended at 1:21 a.m. on Wednesday.

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Djokovic advanced to his record-extending 48th Grand Slam semifinal by defeating Fritz 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in 3 3/4 hours.

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Their match began late in the heat of the afternoon

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In the women's quarterfinal at Rod Laver Arena, US Open winner Coco Gauff defeated Marta Kostyuk after more than three hours.

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In a following press conference, Djokovic stated that Sinner's late finish would have no difference in the semifinals.

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