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#AO2020: Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in straight sets to book his 8th Australian Open final

Dojokovic advances into his 26th Grand Slam final.

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Novak Djokovic, the defending champion beats Roger Federer in straight sets 7-6 6-4 6-3, to enter his eighth Australian Open final.

World second-seeded Djokovic has won seven Australian titles and has never lost a semifinal match or final at Melbourne Park, but tonight he seemed to be under pressure early from six-time champion Federer.

He now stands one win away from capturing an eighth Australian Open crown, which will take him back to No. 1 in the FedEx ATP Rankings.

Federer had a chance to serve for the first set at 5-4 but Djokovic broke him at love and dominated the tiebreaker.

Then Djokovic broke Federer in the last game of the second set clinching it 6-4.

Federer, Word 3rd seeded and 20-time major champion took a brief medical timeout after Djokovic won the first set 7-6 (1).

After winning the semifinal, in an on-court interview, Djokovic told former World No. 1 and two-time former Australian Open winner, Jim Courier, “It could have definitely gone a different way if he’d used those breakpoints.

“He got off to a good start and I was pretty nervous at the beginning”.

“I have to say I respect Roger for coming out tonight. He was obviously hurt and not close to his best in terms of movement. It wasn’t the right mindset at the beginning, because I was watching him and how he was moving early on, rather than executing my own shots. I managed to dig my way back and win the first set, which was obviously mentally important.”

With this win, 32-year-old Djokovic has extended his winning streak in 2020 to 12-0 and will now prepare for Sunday’s final, where he’ll face fifth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem or seventh seed Alexander Zverev of Germany.

Djokovic leads Thiem 6-4 in the ATP Head2Head series and has a 3-2 advantage over Zverev.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.