Novak Djokovic eases past Federer in straight sets at Australia Open

Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer will take on Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semifinals

While amassing a record haul of 20 Grand Slam titles, Federer has famously never handed a rival a walkover across 400 matches at Majors, and has never retired in over 1,500 tour-level matches. Serbia's Novak Djokovic pats Switzerland's Roger Federer after their match.

Roger Federer was docked $3,000 on Wednesday for using an audible obscenity during his quarterfinal win over American Tennys Sandgren at the Australian Open.

Federer had three break points to make it 5-1, but Djokovic dug deep to fend them off as he clawed back, breaking once more as the Swiss was serving for the set.

First, he beat Australia's John Millman in the third round after fighting back from being down, 8-4, in the final-set tiebreak to win his 100th Aussie Open match.

After the match, Federer admitted he was never confident about his chances of winning but was happy to have reached the semi-finals.

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Federer took heart from beating the Serbian at the ATP Finals in November but he had not got the better of him in a best-of-five-sets match since Wimbledon 2012, and not on hard courts for more than a decade.

Federer headed straight off court for another medical timeout, this one apparently for treatment to his lower back, while Djokovic also consulted the doctor and took a pill.

Novak is now set to face either Germany's Alexander Zverev or Austria's Dominic Thiam in the final of the Australian Open next.

"Once in the match, I felt like I was probably going to be able to finish, which was a good thing". "I think I overall played alright".

He said: "Today was awful, to go through what I did". You know, got to go for it.

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"Nice entrance, nice send-off, and in between is one to forget, because you know you have a 3% chance to win".

"You never know what the future holds, especially at my age you don't know".

The 38-year-old revealed in his post-match press conference that he swore in a mixture of languages, admitting that he was frustrated by the way he received the penalty.

The next opportunity to gain that 21st title will be at Roland Garros in May, after he confirmed at the end of previous year that he will be playing all four Grand Slams and the Olympics in Tokyo during his 2020 season.

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