Australian Open 2020: Novak Djokovic overcame the hopes of his tough rival Roger Federer to make the Australian Open final for a record eighth time on Thursday and move on to the 17th Grand Slam title. In the 50th match between the two, the Serbian player initially slackened but soon dominated and defeated the Swiss veteran 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 6-3. Djokovic will fight on fifth-seeded Dominic Theme or seventh-ranked German Aleksander Zverev in the final of the Australian Open 2020.
The record went in favor of Djokovic in the final. Earlier, he won the final seven times here. Not only this, on Sunday’s victory, the Serbian veteran will again regain the number one ranking as Rafael Nadal could not progress past the quarter-finals.
Defending champion Djokovic, after reaching the Grand Slam final for the 26th time, said, “Thanks to Roger for getting on the court today because he was really injured and could not even move well.” He started well in the first set and I was a bit nervous. It was important for me to win the first set. Mentally I became comfortable after that.’
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Djokovic continued, ‘I made Federer 20 percent better player. Two of my biggest rivals are Rafa and Roger. These will help me understand my game. I won the first Grand Slam in 2008. After 2008, I lost to him for three years. I had to believe hard so that they could be defeated.
This is the fourth occasion in Melbourne while Djokovic defeated Federer in the semi-finals. Earlier in 2008, 2011 and 2016 too, he did not allow Federer to advance to the semi-finals. Federer, who won the title here in 2018, also landed on the court despite the groin’s injury.
He was injured in the quarter-finals against Tennys Sandgren. He was seen strapped to the top of his right foot before the match and was also being told that he could withdraw from the match. But this 38-year-old player is not of such nature. He has given a walkover to an opposing player only four times in his career.
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