Melbourne: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic got the better of Roger Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to cruise into his sixth Australian Open final in Melbourne on Thursday night. The Serb will face the winner of Friday night’s semi-final between Andy Murray and Milos Raonic as he bids to win his 11th Grand Slam championship.
Djokovic broke Federer's serve five times, dropped his serve just once, won 115 points to 82 and hit 33 winners with only 20 unforced errors, while Federer committed 51 unforced errors.
“I played unbelievable in the first two sets," Djokovic told Jim Courier in the on-court interview. "It was necessary against Roger, who was playing at a very high level during this tournament, only dropping one set. I knew he would be aggressive. I came out with the right intensity and executed everything perfectly. The two-set lead was comforting, but it was a battle in the end. At the end of the day, it's important that your convictions are stronger than your doubts,” he said.
Djokovic has won the title at Melbourne Park in four of the past five years. He lost to Stan Wawrinka in 2014. The 28-year-old Serb has won three of the four majors last year. He lost to Wawrinka in the Roland Garros final. The Serb is looking to add to the Australian Open titles he won in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.