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Australian Open 2020, Semifinals, Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic Highlights: Djokovic beats Federer in straight sets; Kenin vs Muguruza in women's final

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Australian Open 2020, Semifinals, Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic Highlights: Djokovic beats Federer in straight sets; Kenin vs Muguruza in women's final

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Jan 30, 2020 - 16:53 (IST)

That's all from our side for today! The day began with Sofia Kenin shocking Ash Barty. The young America defied her age to blossom under pressure, break Australian hearts, and reach women's final. She will face Garbine Muguruza, who defeated Simona Halep. In the biggest match of the day, Novak Djokovic registered a straight-set win over legendary Roger Federer. He will find out his next opponent, for the final, tomorrow. Dominic Thiem will take on Alexander Zverev in the second men's final. We will bring that game live to you. So join us tomorrow. Good bye.

Jan 30, 2020 - 16:47 (IST)

The juggernaut! 

Jan 30, 2020 - 16:43 (IST)

Thank you Federer for everything you did tonight! 

Jan 30, 2020 - 16:41 (IST)

Djokovic: Roger was obviously hurt and credit to him for coming out and playing so well. At the start I was looking more at what he was doing than what I was doing but I managed to dig myself back into it. It was very important to do that. I knew he'd try to mix it up and come to the net but I tried to stay with him in the rallies and move him around instead.

Jan 30, 2020 - 16:39 (IST)

He's unstoppable! 

Jan 30, 2020 - 16:36 (IST)

Novak Djokovic beats Federer to reach Australian Open final

GAME, SET, MATCH. The defending champion beats Federer 7-6(1), 6-4, 6-3 in the first men's singles final. Federer made incredible comebacks in the last two matches but this was always going to be a big ask. Federer was hurting already still fought hard but Djokovic was too good on the night. He has always been good at Melbourne. 

Jan 30, 2020 - 16:31 (IST)

3rd set: Djokovic 7-6(1), 6-4, 5-3 Federer* (* denotes server)

Federer comes out aggressively in the game, attacking by coming forward to the net and holds to 30. Still, Djokovic is just one game away from the win. 

 

Jan 30, 2020 - 16:28 (IST)

3rd set: Djokovic* 7-6(1), 6-4, 5-2 Federer (* denotes server)

Federer fought hard. The veteran used the surprise trick of sneaking to the net to attack and won two points but that was it as Djokovic kept his composure to hold to 30. The serbian is now just one game away from win. 

Jan 30, 2020 - 16:26 (IST)

3rd set: Djokovic 7-6(1), 6-4, 4-2 Federer* (* denotes server)

Djokovic breaks! This is a big game win for the Serbian. And he won the game with a beautiful looping forehand that was kept wide from Federer as the veteran gasped. 

Jan 30, 2020 - 16:19 (IST)

3rd set: Djokovic* 7-6(1), 6-4, 3-2 Federer (* denotes server)

The Serbian holds again. Both the players have been very good on their serve, Djokovic lost the first point on his serve but then accumulated four straight ones to hold. 

 


Australia Open Thursday action preview: Defending champion Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will be playing each other for the 50th time when they meet in the semifinals at Melbourne Park. It's a blockbuster matchup between two men with a combined 36 Grand Slam trophies (Federer has a record 20, Djokovic 16), 13 Australian Open championships (Federer has six, Djokovic a record seven) 180 singles titles overall (Federer has 103, Djokovic 77) and 10 year-end No. 1 finishes in the ATP rankings (five apiece).

Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 26-23, with five in a row in matches at the majors, including their most recent meeting — in last year's Wimbledon final, where he saved two match points to beat Federer in a fifth-set tiebreaker.

So why hasn't Federer managed to win a Grand Slam match against Djokovic in eight years? Djokovic himself said he wasn't sure. "I know that whenever we get a chance to play each other, we understand it takes a big effort and it's required from us to come up with the best game in order to win against each other," Djokovic said. "Roger is Roger. You know that he's always going to play on such a high level, regardless of the surface. He loves to play these kind of matches, big rivalries, semis, finals of Grand Slams."

One key this time could be how Federer feels after dealing with a painful groin muscle while saving seven match points during a five-set quarterfinal win. While the other men's semifinal is not until Friday, both women's semis are Thursday: No. 1 Ash Barty vs. No. 14 Sofia Kenin, and No. 4 Simona Halep vs. unseeded Garbine Muguruza.

With AP inputs

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