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Federer lost in Straight sets;Djokovic in the Finale of AO

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Novac Djokovic heading towards another Australian Open title. Picture: AO 2020

Novac Djokovic once again beat great rival Roger Federer at a Grand Slam on Thursday with a 7-6 6-4 6-3 win to reach the Australian open final and remain on course for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park.

It was the 50th act of one of the greatest rivalries of the sport.

And the odds were heavily stacked against Federer as the Swiss had not beaten the Serb at a major since 2012 on the grass court of Wimbledon.

Federer’s journey on the blue courts of Melbourne Park had been far from smooth as he was two points from losing against John Milman in the third round and then saved seven match points.

Roger Federer produced a Houdini act after recovering from injury.

He saved seven match points against Tennys Sandgren to keep his hopes of landing a seventh Australian Open title alive.

Federer, who has never retired in 1,511 previous tennis matches, appeared to be heading towards defeat against Sandgren after picking up a groin injury.

But he conjured up a great escape to turn the match around and win 6-3 2-6 2-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-3.

And then get past American Tennys Sandgren in Tuesday’s quarter final.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner,however,got out of the blocks-briskly on a hot evening to wrest early initiative as Djokovic struggled with his service games.

The 32-years old, winner of 16 Grand Slam titles,sealed his 27th win over Federer with his first match point when the Swiss found the net with a backhand for his 35th unforced error of the night.

Djokovic with face Dominic Thiem in the Final.

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