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Djokovic vs. Federer: Score, Highlights from Australian Open Semifinals 2016

Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a forehand return during his men's singles match against Japan's Kei Nishikori on day nine of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL CROCK-- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE / AFP / PAUL CROCK        (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2016

No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. No. 3 Roger Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer for the 23rd time in his career to advance to the 2016 Australian Open final on Thursday. 

Djokovic looked to have a straight set victory in hand after a thoroughly dominant first set in which he won in 22 minutes. The dominance continued in the second set as Djokovic separated himself from Federer early in the set with a few breaks.

Federer found a way back into the match in the third set thanks to a critical break at 4-2. The No. 3 player in the world used the momentum from that break to hold serve on two more occasions to close out the set.

Both players held serve for their first three service games of the fourth set after the roof at Rod Laver Arena closed due to inclement weather. After Federer won a spectacular point to get to 30-30, Djokovic won two points to break Federer at 5-3.

Djokovic clinched a spot in his sixth Australian Open final with a clean sweep on serve in the final game of the match. The win handed Djokovic his first advantage over Federer in the head-to-head series. He leads Federer 23-22 after Thursday's victory.

Djokovic will face either Andy Murray or Milos Raonic in Sunday's final in Melbourne.  

 

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