Djokovic beats Federer to reach Australian Open final

Agency, 31 January : Novak Djokovic is marches towards another Australian Open championship after he beat his long-time rival Roger Federer in straight sets to advance to his eighth final at Melbourne Park.

Federer was clearly not 100 percent fit during the first of the men’s semi-finals, but nothing could be taken away from the performance of Djokovic, who showed his class in winning 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 18 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic holds the men’s record for most Australian Open singles titles with seven, having never lost a final, and he is chasing his 17th Grand Slam tournament victory.

He will be confident of again lifting the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup when he faces either Dominic Thiem or Alexander Zverev in the tournament decider on Sunday night.

Federer, who has six Australian Open wins among his record 20 major titles, deserves credit for the fight he put up against the world number two in light of his physical ailments that required treatment at the end of the first set.

Earlier in the day there had been doubt as to whether Federer would even take to the court because of the groin injury that troubled him in his five-set win over Tennys Sandgren in Tuesday’s amazing quarter-final.


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