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Australian Open Semi-final 2020 Highlights: Djokovic thumps Federer to enter eighth final

Aus Open: Follow highlights of the Australian Open 2020 from Melbourne.

By HT Correspondent | Jan 30, 2020 16:47 IST

As it happened: Novak Djokovic prevails in the titanic clash as he beats Roger Federer 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 to enter the final. A rare off day for Federer as he was defeated in straight sets by the defending champion. Earlier, 14th seed Sofia Kenin stunned world number one and home hope Ashleigh Barty to reach her first Grand Slam final. Meanwhile, Garbine Muguruza prevailed 7-6(8) 7-5 in a battle of attrition against world number three Simona Halep to reach her first Australian Open final.

Follow Australian Open highlights below -

16:45 hrs IST

Djoker speaks

Novak Djokovic pays tribute to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal after his victory and says the rivalry with them has made him a better player. ‘I hope I have made Roger a 20% better player’ said Djokovic when he was asked about what has he learnt by playing 50 matches in his career against Federer.

16:38 hrs IST

Djokovic enters final

Novak Djokovic prevails in this titanic clash as he beats Roger Federer 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 to enter the final. A rare off day for Federer as he was defeated in straight sets by the defending champion. This is the eight time that Djokovic will play in an Australian Open final.

16:33 hrs IST

Djokovic to serve for win

Roger Federer holds off his serve to make it 3-5 in the set. However, Djokovic wil now serve to enter the final of Australian Open for eight time in his career.

16:27 hrs IST

Djokovic on the cusp of win

Novak Djokovic was down 0-30 in the game but Federer hit couple of unforced errors and the defending champion came back strongly to came the game. He leads 5-4 and is on the verge of winning the contest.

16:20 hrs IST

Federer’s serve broken

Novak Djokovic has a chance to extend his lead as he breaks Federer’s serve to lead 4-2. Djokovic will now serve to edge closer to victory. Federer, on the other hand, will have to break this Djokovic serve just to stay alive in the semis.

16:10 hrs IST

Both stars hold their serves

A steady start to the third set from Djokovic and Federer has both players have managed to keep a hold of their respective serves. The third set is currently locked at 2-2 with no one willing to give an inch to the other player. Federer will have to break Djokovic’s serve in order to make a comeback into the match.

16:02 hrs IST

Djokovic wins second set as well

Defending champions Novak Djokovic wins the second set 6-4 to go a step closer to the championship clash. Federer has no answers to Djokovic’s hard-hitting shots and he has been under the pump since taking 4-1 lead in the first set. He needs a miracle to turn the game around from here.

15:56 hrs IST

Djokovic takes lead

Novak Djokovic continues to send down his booming serves and gets the better of Roger Federer. Djoker now leads 5-4 and Federer will have win the game off his serve to stay alive in the second set.

15:50 hrs IST

Federer 6-7, 3-3 Djokovic

Djokovic holds his serve, this one is getting rather intense. Federer is visibly not as mobile and Djokovic is now hitting his stride

15:35 hrs IST

Second set: Federer 6-7, 1-1 Djokovic

HawkEye confirms Djokovic’s shot went wide and somehow, Federer steadies himself with a valuable hold

15:33 hrs IST

Injury concerns?

Roget took a three minute medical timeout after losing the first-set tiebreaker. As per Jim Courier, it could be a back issue.

15:28 hrs IST

2nd set begins

How did Federer lose that one? It was an astounding comeback by Djokovic. This match is heating up nicely. Djokovic holds his serve.

15:20 hrs IST

Djokovic takes opening set

Novak Djokovic made short work of Roger Federer in the tiebreak as he won it (7-1). Djokovic has completely turned the match on its head as at one point he was 1-4 down in the set but he took it 7-6 in the end to show his never-say-die attitude. Djokovic hit 19 unforced errors in the first set but still he has managed to come out on top.

15:15 hrs IST

Tiebreak

From 15-30 down, Djokovic wins the game off his serve to force the first set into decider. Both players have hit back hard after going down but no one has looked completely on top of their respective games so far.

15:10 hrs IST

Federer saves two break points

All was lost for Federer as he was trailing 15-40 in the game but the 20-time Slam champion showed his class and won the game after forcing it into deuce. Federer now leads 6-5 as Djokovic serves to stay alive in first set.

15:05 hrs IST

Scores level in first set

Novak Djokovic took time to wake up in the semis but boy he is back. He is hitting Federer will everything and the scores are now level at 5-5 in opening set. Federer is now starting to hit a few unforced errors due to the pressure created by Djokovic.

15:00 hrs IST

Djokovic to serve to level score

Novak Djokovic seems to have found his range as he fails to lose even a single point off Federer’s serve and win the game. Djokovic will now serve in his bid to level the score at 5-5. After that opening burst, Federer is on the backfoot for the first time today.

14:53 hrs IST

Federer to serve for first set

Federer wins the game off his serve easily without dropping a point and goes 5-2 up in the opening set. Djokovic needed deuce to get the better of Federer and stay alive in the first set. Federer will now serve for the opening set as he leads 5-3.

14:45 hrs IST

Djokovic survives Federer barrage

Federer has three break points but Djokovic managed to hold his serve and make it 4-2 in the opening set. A couple of net shots from Federer helped Djokovic get out of jail.

14:35 hrs IST

Djokovic broken again

Federer has broken Djokovic’s serve for the second time today and he has a chance to extend his lead in the opening set. Djokovic is struggling with his line as unforced errors have plagued his game early on. Federer leads 3-1.

14:26 hrs IST

Two broken serves

Roger Federer has set the tone early on as he has broken Djokovic’s serve to take a 2-0 lead in the first set. Federer himself almost lost his opening serve but managed to hold it after four deuces. Djokovic then straightaway breaks Federer’s serve to make it 1-2 and he will have a chance to level the proceedings on his own serve.

14:16 hrs IST

Federer to begin proceedings

Roger Federer will serve first after the toss and the rivalry between these two is about to witness a new chapter here in Melbourne.

14:10 hrs IST

The blockbuster about to begin

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are making their way out at the iconic Rod Laver Arena as the two heavyweights with fight it out for a place in the final.

13:06 hrs IST

MUGURUZA WINS

Halep hits the ball into the net and Muguruza wins an epic semi-final 7-6 (10-8), 7-5 in a match which spanned two hours and five minutes.

12:53 hrs IST

Muguruza hanging in there

Muguruza serves up a love game and hence, barely stays alive in the second set. The score reads 5-4.

11:10 hrs IST

Halep v Muguruza

Fourth seed Simon Halep takes on two-time grand slam champion Garbine Muguruza for the right to face Kenin in the final.

10:33 hrs IST

Kenin wins

Barty can’t save the second match point! She has slammed the ball long and Kenin has taken out Barty. The crowd is stunned. Kenin takes the match 7-6 (8-6), 7-5!

10:02 hrs IST

Barty breaks Kenin

Barty hits her stride, that backhand is roaring and she has brought up a break point for the world No.1 at 30-40 up, and she does it! Kenin has been broken! That is the first break of serve for the match and Barty takes a 2-1 lead in the second set.

9:54 hrs IST

Kenin wins first set

Stunning comeback by Kenin, Barty has blown the advantage. Kenin wins the first set 7-6 after winning the tie-breaker 8-6! She won the last four points of that tie-breaker and also saved two set points in the process.

9:53 hrs IST

Kenin comes roaring back

Kenin wins three points in a row and now is up a set point of her own with another forehand winner! The American leads the tie-breaker 7-6.

9:48 hrs IST

Barty in front in tie-breaker

Barty and her big serving is too hot to handle, she is leading the tie-breaker 4-2 as the players switch ends.

Barty is leading the aces 8-2.

9:44 hrs IST

It’s going down to the wire

9:42 hrs IST

Barty locked in a battle

Ash Barty won the first game as both her and Sofia Kenin held serve, the Aussie going up 2-1 in the first set.