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Australian Open: Djokovic knocks out Federer to play the final

Novak Djokovic inflicted another grand slam semi-final defeat on Roger Federer with a straight-sets triumph over the defending champion at the Australian Open on Thursday.


Third seed Djokovic, who also beat Federer at the same stage of the US Open last year, prevailed 7-6 (7/3) 7-5 6-4 in exactly three hours, according to skysports.com.


The defeat means on Sunday Federer will be without a grand slam trophy in his keeping for the first time since 2003 – and gives Djokovic a chance to add a second major to his 2008 Australian Open win.
“He puts a lot of pressure on you, so I tried to stay to the last moment and really it was one of the best matches I’ve played in a while,” Djokovic said after the game quoted by atpworldtour.com. “I had to take my chances, in the second set I was a break up and in 20 minutes I was 5-2 down, so if I had lost that set God knows which direction the match would go.


The world number three will play the winner of Friday night’s semi-final between Ferrer and Briton Andy Murray in Sunday’s final.


CHINESE STAR LI NA FACES CLIJSTERS IN FINAL


China’s Li Na made history on Thursday by becoming the first Asian tennis player to reach the final of a grand slam tournament in the Open era, ending the Australian hopes of world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.
The 28-year-old, a beaten semifinalist in Melbourne last year, battled back to win 3-6 7-5 6-3 in two hours and 35 minutes as she saved a match-point in the second set.


Wozniacki, seeking her first grand slam title, led 5-4 but Li responded with a superb forehand down the line to escape and went on to set up a clash with former No. 1 Kim Clijsters.


The Belgian progressed to the Australian Open final for the second time with a 6-3 6-3 win over Vera Zvonareva that will lift her above the Russian to second in the world rankings.

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