Australian Open 2013: Novak Djokovic Poised for 6th Grand Slam Title
The Australian Open is winding down, and with just two more possible matches to get through, Novak Djokovic is in perfect position for his third straight Down Under title and sixth Grand Slam overall.
The men's No. 1 overall has enjoyed a comfortable ride in this year's Australian Open as he continues to dominate Melbourne.
Djokovic swept each of his first three matches by a comfortable margin of 3-0, but then seemed to hit a speed bump in his fourth match against Stanislas Wawrinka. He still pulled it out in five sets.
But then Djokovic rebounded, topping Tomas Berdych in four comfortable sets of 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 and 6-4.
With just two possible matches left, Djokovic is eying another title in Melbourne. It would be his fourth Australian Open title, and his third in a row.
Next up for Djokovic is David Ferrer of Spain. Ferrer coasted through his first four rounds, but is coming off an epic five-set match against countryman Nicolas Almagro.
Ferrer is much like Djokovic in that he has a never-say-die attitude. But where they differ is that Ferrer seems to buckle against elite players.
Djokovic is 9-5 lifetime over the Spaniard, and 2-0 at the Australian Open.
Who poses the biggest threat to Djokovic?
Both players will pose a challenge, but history is against them.
Djokovic is 13-16 in his career against Federer, and just 10-7 against Murray. In theory, there's no edge to be given.
But neither player has been able to stand up against the Serbian in Melbourne.
When he won in 2011, Djokovic swept Federer in three sets in the semis. He then did the same thing to Murray in the finals.
While he didn't face Federer in 2012, he saw Murray in the semifinals. It wasn't a sweep, but he did beat the Scotsman in five sets.
Melbourne is Djokovic's place to win, and it seems he's almost unbeatable Down Under. While his road to another Grand Slam won't be easy, he has had tremendous consistency in his career down the stretch.
It's not a given Djokovic will win it all, but it's pretty darn close.
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