MELBOURNE, Australia – Novak Djokovic, like everyone else, wondered what form Roger Federer would be for the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
So Djokovic watched closely.
At the age of 38, Federer, although he had dealt with painful groin muscles and said goodbye to a drying five, apparently came out quite well and was soon on the job with 4: 1 and Love-40 when Djokovic had three break chances.
Didn't take. Federer was unable to maintain this level. Djokovic didn't let him.
Djokovic put aside a bad start at the rival's 50th encounter and put his Grand Slam winning streak against Federer to a six in a row on Thursday evening with a 7: 6 (1), 6: 4, 6: 3 victory. The defending champion scored one Record-breaking round of 16 at Melbourne Park.
"Well, there could have been a different way if he had used these breakpoints. He started really well. In the beginning I was pretty nervous, ”said Djokovic, who is now head of head-to-head series 27-23, including 11-6 at Majors.
"I just want to respect Roger for coming out tonight. He was obviously injured, ”said Djokovic. "Wasn't at its best."
Second-placed Djokovic will try to win a record-breaking eighth Australian Open title against Dominic Thiem No. 5 or Alexander Zverev No. 7 in the final on Sunday.
Djokovic can also win a 17th major trophy to approach Federer's record of 20.
On the last Saturday of the women there will be two-time major champion Garbiñe Muguruza from Spain against 21-year-old Sofia Kenin from the USA. It's Kenin's debut in a Grand Slam title match.