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Djokovic downs Federer in exhibition match

sports Updated: Dec 30, 2011 23:28 IST
Novak Djokovic


Novak Djokovic easily swept aside Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1 to reach the final of the World Tennis Championship exhibition Friday.

The No. 1-ranked Djokovic appeared to have shaken off the rust he complained about coming into the event and showed plenty of the dominance that helped him amass a 70-6 record last season including three Grand Slam titles.

The 24-year-old Serb twice broke No. 3-ranked Federer in the first set and ran off nine games in a row in a one-sided affair that lasted only 44 minutes. Djokovic will face the winner of second-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 5-ranked David Ferrer who play later Friday.

The $250,000 winner-takes-all six-man championship tournament is seen as a warm-up for the new ATP season which begins next week.

Stars set for Hopman
Perth: Grand Slam singles champions Li Na and Petra Kvitova lead China and Czech Republic, respectively, into the eight-team Hopman Cup which begins Saturday.

Li, who won this year's French Open, will face Marion Bartoli of France in the tournament's opening match Saturday at Burswood Dome. France's Richard Gasquet takes on Wu Di in men's singles, and all four will play what could be the deciding match in mixed doubles to follow.

Australia, led by Lleyton Hewitt, plays Spain in the only match on Sunday.

On Monday, Wimbledon champion Kvitova and Tomas Berdych play for the top-seeded Czechs against Bulgaria, and the United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mardy Fish take on world women's No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark.