Melbourne: Defending champion Novak Djokovic foiled a stirring fightback from Roger Federer to defeat the Swiss 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 at the Australian Open on Thursday and charge into a fifth successive grand slam final.
Storming to a two-set lead within an hour, Djokovic appeared destined to complete a stinging humiliation but the net-rushing Federer responded brilliantly in the third as a partisan crowd roared him on at a flood-lit Rod Laver Arena.
In a fourth set rivened by tension, Djokovic broke Federer in the eighth game and served out the match to love in two hours and 19 minutes.
The world number one will bid for a record sixth title at Melbourne Park in the professional era, and will meet the winner of second seed Andy Murray and 13th seed Milos Raonic who play in the second semi-final on Friday.
This is how Twitter reacted to Djokovic's stunning show of tennis on Thursday.
Becker is like "I don't remember coaching this and all"...
— Spaceman Spiff (@atlasdanced) January 28, 2016
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) January 28, 2016
This is absolutely clinical what Djoker Is doing right now to Fedfan ,this maybe the best I have ever seen someone hit the ball
— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) January 28, 2016
— Manoj Bhagavatula (@ManojB90) January 28, 2016
I feel like I'm witnessing something historic. Djokovic is in legendary form.
— Isaac Farmer (@Isaac_Farmer) January 28, 2016
Djokovic is blowing out Federer, up 61 62. Rog doesnt know where to go. Novak is ruling FH, BH, return, serve...everything
— Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters) January 28, 2016
— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2016
So Federer is 34 and the next generation has taken over. But nobody will be as beautiful on a tennis court #AusOpen2016
— Gabrielle Jackson (@gabriellecj) January 28, 2016
— Rashi Kakkar (@rashi_kakkar) January 28, 2016
Even Federer's hair is a mess.
— Caroline Cameron (@SNCaroline) January 28, 2016
You’d be finding this painful to watch even if you were Federer’s worst enemy. Federer lost .6-1, 6-2 straight two set. #federerdjokovic
— Vivek (@Vivekevince) January 28, 2016
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 28, 2016
I'm sorry, but if you say Djoker is a human being, I won't agree. He is a machine, a mean bloody machine! #AusOpen
— Srini Mama (@SriniMama16) January 28, 2016
Federer has just won two service games in a row. From the applause, you'd think he has won the match
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) January 28, 2016
Everyone saying Federer is past it but let's not forget that there are still about 7 billion other people he can beat. #AusOpen
— Adam Liaw (@adamliaw) January 28, 2016
Inputs from Reuters