Novak Djokovic sets up a date for his sixth Australian Open final as he defeats Roger Federer in a convincing performance by 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
The world number one opened the game with a ferocious ace, held for love and won 12 of 14 points and took to 3-0 almost immediately.
Hitting with incredible power and precision, the top seed gained a second break and closed out the first set in 22 minutes. At once, sense of ill bode came; only once in 16 previous attempts had Federer beaten Djokovic after conceding the opening set.
There appeared no way back after Djokovic broke the third seed twice more and barely dropped a point on his own serve in storming to a two-set advantage inside an hour.
But the ageless maestro fought back valiantly at the third set. Reversing the momentum, the Swiss held his opening three service games. At an extended sixth game, the third seed failed to take a break point to claim the set quickly, missing a total of three opportunities.
As both players were set to start the fourth, play is suspended as tracksuits are on and they put on the roof. The set started rather relaxed, but Federer appears convinced that he could make a comeback and extend the game into five sets, moving into a 30-0 lead.
But a poor game at 3-4 ultimately proved costly as Djokovic broke and then served out to love to edge ahead 23-22 in his rivalry with Federer.
“My rhythm, my timing, all that, was a bit off in the beginning,” said Federer.
“He took advantage of that and did an unbelievable job for a long, long time tonight.”
Djokovic would advance to the Australian Open final to meet either Andy Murray or Canadian Milos Raonic, having the perfect advantage that this is one Grand Slam final he had never lost as of yet.