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Djokovic trumps Federer to reach Australian Open final

AP
Published Jan 28, 2016, 4:48 pm IST
Updated Jan 29, 2016, 11:01 am IST
The defending champion won the semifinal in 4 sets.
The top-ranked and defending champion Djokovic is bidding to win his sixth Australian Open, and to continue a run that earned him three of the four Grand Slam trophies in 2015. (Photo: AP)
 The top-ranked and defending champion Djokovic is bidding to win his sixth Australian Open, and to continue a run that earned him three of the four Grand Slam trophies in 2015. (Photo: AP)

Melbourne: Five-time champion Novak Djokovic defeated four-time winner Roger Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the semifinals to advance to his 6th Australian Open final.

The top-ranked and defending champion Djokovic is bidding to win his sixth Australian Open, and to continue a run that earned him three of the four Grand Slam trophies in 2015.

This was the 45th meeting between Djokovic and Federer, and the outcome now gives the 28-year-old Serbian an edge of 23-22.

 

Djokovic faces either No. 2 Andy Murray or No. 13 Milos Raonic in the final.

Novak Djokovic easily won the first set 6-1 against Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena.

The top-ranked and defending champion Djokovic started strongly, holding his opening service game to love, then breaking No. 3-ranked Federer's service in the second game to take a 2-0 lead after four minutes. He won the first set in 22 minutes.

The Serb continued to thwart Federer as he won the second set 6-2.
The No. 3-ranked Federer saved a break point in the first game and held serve, as the crowd roared trying to pull the Swiss star back into the match.

 

But the top-ranked Djokovic then raced to 5-1 lead and after Federer held serve to make the score 5-2, Djokovic served out the last game without dropping a point.

Djokovic won the second set in 32 minutes.

Roger Federer came back to win the third set against Novak Djokovic 6-3.
With Djokovic leading by two sets and serving at 2-3, Federer finally got his first break points of the match. The top-seeded Djokovic saved the first three break points he faced, but Federer converted on the fourth.

The crowd at Rod Laver Arena leapt to its feet and roared when the Swiss great coverted for a 4-2 lead.

 

Federer had 18 winners in the set, to just eight for Djokovic.

The Serb though held his nerve in the fourth set to close out the match.

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