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30.01.2020 Tennis

Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer To Reach Australian Open Final

By BBC
Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer To Reach Australian Open Final
LISTEN JAN 30, 2020

Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to retaining the Australian Open title with a straight-set semi-final win over injury-hit rival Roger Federer.

Serbia's Djokovic was 4-1 and 0-40 down in the opening set before recovering to win the tie-break.

That laid the platform for the 32-year-old second seed to go on and win 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 6-3.

Djokovic, aiming for a 17th Grand Slam title, will face Dominic Thiem or Alexander Zverev in Sunday's final.

"The match could have definitely gone a different way if he had used those breakpoints [in the sixth game]," Djokovic said.

"He started well - I was nervous.
"Respect to Roger for coming out tonight. He was obviously hurt and wasn't close to his best in terms of movement."

Victory would mean a record-extending eighth Australian Open triumph for Djokovic, who has lost just three matches at Melbourne Park in the past 10 tournaments.

It would also move him within three of 38-year-old's Federer's all-time record of 20 men's Grand Slam singles titles and within two of Spain's Rafael Nadal, who lost to Thiem in Wednesday's quarter-final.

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