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Australian Open: Novak Djokavic in the Finals for Second Chance at Slam's Title

Lauren LynchCorrespondent IIJanuary 27, 2011

Tennis Now/Corleve/Mark Peterson
Tennis Now/Corleve/Mark Peterson

Roger Federer will not get the chance to defend his title at the Australian Open after Novak Djokovic defeated him in three sets, 7-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the semifinal. Instead, Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open men's singles title in 2008 and now he has the opportunity to take home the 2011 trophy. He will play the winner of the head-to-head match pitting No. 7 seed David Ferrer against No. 5 seed Andy Murray.

One day after world No. 1 and favorite for the title Rafael Nadal got upset, the No. 2 seed fell out. Like an American football match, it was as if Djokovic was playing in front of a home crowd as the audience highly supported and cheered for him throughout the entire match. Not up to his regular form, Roger Federer was shanking backhands and hit 44 unforced errors to Novak's 25.

Able to hold his mental strength, Djokovic was able to come back in the last set when he was down 5-2 to Federer with a fire in his eyes and determination like views saw in the US Open semifinals.

The crowd's support spurred on Novak, who actually had 29 winners and 5 double faults compared to Roger's 35 winners and 0 double faults, but he served effectively at critical points. The Djoker was aggressive and affective at baseline exchanges where he seemed to overpower the world No. 2.

If he is to face Andy Murray, he may have a difficult time. Murray could have revenge for the final last year, where he lost to Federer in tears that might inspire determination for his first major title.

Against Ferrer, Djokovic leads 5-4. He dominated on the hardcourt at the 2007 US Open semifinal match against David and he beat him in the 2010 at Beijing, but Ferrer has nothing to lose as this is could be his first trip to the finals of any major if he defeats Murray. 


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