Djokovic vs. Ferrer: Recap and Analysis from Australian Open 2013 Men's Semis

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning his Semifinal match against David Ferrer of Spain during day eleven of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer and Andy Murray, beware—Novak Djokovic is on fire.

The tournament's top seed absolutely demolished No. 4 David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, mixing power with precision to keep Ferrer on the back foot for most of this match. If you ever wanted to see a top player at the top of his game, Djokovic's performance was certainly one to behold.

As you might imagine, Djokovic's stats in this match were impressive. He had six aces to Ferrer's one. He won 91 percent of his first-serve points. He won 13-of-16 points at the net. He was a perfect seven-for-seven on break points. 

And he had 30 winners to just 16 unforced errors, whereas Ferrer had just 11 winners and 32 unforced errors.

Thankfully, this match only lasted 89 minutes, the one merciful aspect for Ferrer in an otherwise brutal beatdown.

Beyond the stats, however, was the cool demeanor Djokovic displayed during this match. He looked like a man who knew he was going to win, knew how he was going to win and patiently and methodically went about exploiting his opponent's weaknesses while playing to his own strengths.

This is the Djokovic we expected to see coming into this tournament. Still, it looked as though he might be in trouble in the fourth round, when he needed five sets (including a 12-10 win in the fifth) to beat Stanislas Wawrinka.

Was the top seed ripe for an upset?

I think not. He was in control against No. 5 Tomas Berdych, calmly winning in four sets after dropping the second. And I think he more than proved he had returned to dominant form against Ferrer, whose head is still probably buzzing from his loss to Djokovic.

The top seed will now play the winner of the other semifinal between Federer and Murray (prediction time: I like Murray in this one) in the final, hoping to win his third consecutive Australian Open title and fourth overall.

After watching him calmly dispatch Berdych and Ferrer, my money is on Djokovic. This is not a man you want to face right now, that much was made certain on Thursday morning.


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