Djokovic Downs Federer, Advances To 6th Australian Open Final

Serb Novak Djokovic proved himself as the best player in the world once again on Thursday night.

In the semifinals of the Australian Open, the world No. 1 and five-time champion here put on an absolute master class against Roger Federer for the first two sets of play, then held off a spirited charge by the player that many consider to be the greatest player ever, triumphing 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

The victory books Djokovic into a fifth final in six years at this event. Here’s what went down inside Rod Laver Arena while you were sleeping.

Djokovic and Federer were meeting for a 45th time, the two deadlocked at 22 match wins apiece. But Djokovic took his first-ever lead in the rivalry with a decisive win, one that – for much of the first two sets – completely silenced a shell-shocked Australian crowd.

Djokovic, a 10-time major champion himself, now awaits the winner of No. 2 Andy Murray and 13th seed Milos Raonic, who will meet Friday night local time.

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