Novak Djokovic continued his winning streak against Roger Federer with a straight sets victory in the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Thursday.
7-time champion Djokovic came back from being down 1-4 in the first set to defeat the 6-time winner Federer 7-6, 6-4, 6-3, and will now meet the winner of the second semi-final between Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem.
This will be Djokovic’s 8th final appearance at the Australian Open. He is yet to lose one till date and is one win away from extending another streak – he has won all 7 finals he has played here.
With this win, defending champion Djokovic stretched his head-to-head record against Federer to 27-23. Djokovic has met Federer 5 times at the Australian Open, winning 5 of them.
The Serbian hasn’t lost to Federer at Melbourne Park since 2007 and hasn’t lost to him in Grand Slams since 2012. Djokovic also maintained his unbeaten record in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
Two nights after saving seven match points to reach the semifinals, Federer had a chance to serve for the first set at 5-4 but Djokovic broke him at love and then dominated the tiebreaker.
There were doubts over Federer’s fitness after a five-set win over Tennys Sandgren in the quarterfinals. The 20-time major champion took a brief medical timeout after Djokovic won the first set 7-6 (1).
Djokovic then broke Federer in the last game of the second set to clinch it 6-4.
Defending champion Djokovic kept up the pressure on the 38-year-old Swiss in the third set as well and the crucial break came for him in the sixth game with a forehand groundstroke winner for a 4-2 lead.