Breaking: Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer to reach Australian Open final

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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, 32, was 4-1 and 40-0 down in the opening set before recovering to win the tie-break.

That laid the platform for the 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 has used those break points [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 this 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 Grand Slam titles and two of Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who lost to Thiem in Wednesday’s quarter-final.

BBCSport

– Jan. 30, 2020 @ 12:35 GMT |

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