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November 29, 2022

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.


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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