Australian Open 2013: Why Novak Djokovic Will Stomp Any Finals Opponent
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After flawlessly executing through the first three rounds, Djokovic battled through a tough fourth-round matchup against Stanislas Wawrinka. Although it took all five sets to down the Swiss native, the world's No. 1 has looked poised in both the quarterfinals and semis.
Djokovic handily beat Tomas Berdych in four sets before making quick work of fourth-seeded David Ferrer on Thursday. Ferrer was on the unfortunate end of an absolute mashing by Djokovic, who needed just three sets and less than an hour-and-a-half to topple the Spaniard.
Will Novak Djokovic win the Australian Open?
As the tournament's top seed waits to find out his finals opponent, Murray and Federer might as well bask in the glory of making it to the semis.
The finals will be a swift and painful end to their tournament.
As solid as both players have been at the Open, neither one stands a chance against Djokovic. To put it lightly, he's in another stratosphere right now.
The two-time defending champion hit 30 winners against Ferrer, making him look completely overmatched throughout the ordeal. And while Federer and Murray are certainly a notch ahead of Ferrer, they're also a clear step or two below Djokovic.
After Thursday's resounding win, Djokovic said it best (via AP report on ESPN.com), "I played perfectly," he said in a postmatch TV interview. "I played incredible tennis."
That he did.
Anyone expecting a close finals matchup should throw that idea out the window. This guy is on pace to accomplish the unprecedented: win three consecutive Aussie Open titles.
And by the looks of it, he's going to do just that.
Djokovic's ability to run down balls and hit winners like the one shown above makes him such an incredibly exciting player to watch. With his skill set and experience, there really isn't anything he can't do.
While Federer has played very well at the Open and carries four titles at the event, it has been Djokovic who's come out on top lately. Dating back to 2011, Djokovic has beaten Federer seven times in 10 tries, most recently at the ATP World Tour Finals.
While Federer remains one of the top players in the world, it's clear that Djokovic is a notch ahead of both the Swiss star and his semi-finals opponent, Murray.
Whoever earns the right to face Djokovic in the championship round should have nothing to be ashamed about. Unfortunately, the tournament's top seed and world's best player will stomp either man's title hopes.
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