Djokovic’s dad stays away from Australian Open semifinal

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s father stayed away from the 21-time Grand Slam champion’s semifinal victory on Friday after getting embroiled in a flap involving spectators who brought banned Russian flags to Melbourne Park.

Srdjan Djokovic released a statement saying he would not be at Rod Laver Arena, “so there is no disruption.” Novak Djokovic wound up beating unseeded American Tommy Paul 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 to earn a berth in the men’s singles final.

Afterward, the younger Djokovic defended his father, saying there was “absolutely no intention whatsoever to support any kind of . . .

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