How could the top player in the world, who hasn’t lost in Australia in 3 years, have flown under the radar up until last night? Who knows, but that was the case with Novak Djokovic.
As Djokovic somewhat stumbled through the middle rounds of the year’s first slam, dropping 3 sets to Wawrinka and Berdych, many people began to focus their attention on the other side of the draw. Where Roger Federer and Andy Murray were dominating their opponents and looking much stronger than the rest of the field.
Some even began to wonder if the semi-final matchup between Federer and Murray would decide who won the final.
However, that all changed last night.
After dismissing #4 seed David Ferrer with extreme ease, Novak is safely through to his 3rd final in three years ‘down under’. Joker beat Ferrer while converting an astonishing 7 out of 7 of his break chances, while Ferrer didn’t even have a look at a break point. The match was over in less than 90 minutes and Djokovic more than doubled Ferrer in total points won.
It was the kind of statement win we had been expecting to see throughout the beginning of the tournament and somehow Djokovic saved it for the #4 player in the world.
Now Joker gets to rest for two days while he waits to find out which rival he will face in the final: Roger Federer or Andy Murray.
One thing is for sure though, whichever player gets there will have their work cut out for them.
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