Novak Djokovic (Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic) shattered the hopes of his injured rival Roger Federer to make it to the Australian Open last for a document eighth time on Thursday and transfer on to the 17th Grand Slam title.
In the 50th match between the 2, the Serbian participant initially slopped however quickly dominated and defeated the Swiss veteran 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 6-3. <! –
Djokovic will tackle fifth-seeded Dominic Theme or seventh-ranked German Aleksandr Zverev within the last. The document went in favor of Djokovic within the last. Earlier, he received the ultimate seven instances right here.
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Not solely this, on Sunday's victory, the Serbian veteran will once more regain the primary rating as Rafael Nadal couldn’t progress previous the quarter-finals.
Defending champion Djokovic, after reaching the Grand Slam last for the 26th time, mentioned, "Thanks to Roger for getting on the court today because he was really injured and not even able to move well."
"He started well in the first set and I was a little nervous," mentioned Djokovic. It was vital for me to win the primary set. Mentally I grew to become comfy after that. ''
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This is the fourth event in Melbourne whereas Djokovic defeated Federer within the semi-finals. Earlier in 2008, 2011 and 2016 too, he didn’t permit Federer to advance to the semi-finals.
Federer, who received the title right here in 2018, landed on the court docket regardless of Groin's harm. He was injured within the quarter-finals in opposition to Tennis Sandgren.
He was seen strapped to the highest of his proper leg earlier than the match and was additionally being informed that he may withdraw from the match. But this 38-year-old participant isn’t of such nature. He has given a walkover to an opposing participant solely 4 instances in his profession.