Australian Open: Novak Djokovic outclasses Roger Federer to reach final

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic outclasses Roger Federer to reach final

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic outclasses Roger Federer to reach final

Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer showed his class after falling short in the Australian Open semifinal as he spoke extremely highly of world No. 2 Novak Djokovic.

The crowd knew it and both Djokovic and Federer acknowledged it after the match - the Swiss had no choice but to go for broke early on.

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.

Despite the problem, Federer stunned the Rod Laver Arena with a blistering start which saw him lead 4-1 and 40-0 before Djokovic fought back.

Both players received medical attention at the end of the first set and it was once again Djokovic who raised his game up a notch to convert his fourth breakpoint chance with a forehand victor at the net to grab the second set.

Roger Federer had to fight back seven times in the quarter finals to reach the semis.

Federer came into the match with worries over his fitness following an upper right leg injury.

He certainly would not have wanted to take a heavy beating in his 50th clash with Djokovic and first at a grand slam since he was unable to take two match points in last summer's dramatic Wimbledon final.

The narrative may have been very different had Federer capitalised on a golden opportunity to go up 5-1 in the first set, only to be reeled in by the Serbian superstar.

He said: "Today was terrible, to go through what I did". Nice entrance, nice send off, and in between is one to forget because you know you have a three per cent chance to win. "Roger is Roger. You know that he's always going to play on such a high level, regardless of the surface".

The 38-year-old went into the last-four encounter with hindered movement due to a groin injury and 12 hours and 44 minutes of court time weighing down on him.

"Once I was in the match I felt I would be able to continue".

"You never know what the future holds particularly at my age", he said. I didn't practice, we took a day off the next day and today I really rested it to as late as possible.

Federer saved more break points to force a tie-break but by now Djokovic had stopped missing and was finding some fine offensive shots of his own.

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