Australian Open 2016 semi finals Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic highlights, result, recap
Novak Djokovic survived an impressive fightback from Roger Federer to beat the Swiss 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the semi-finals of the 2016 Australian Open on Thursday.
He sealed his spot in the final after a 139-minute contest having stormed through the opening two sets in immaculate fashion, only for Federer to mount a stirring comeback.
The world No. 1 stayed firm and claimed the fourth set to take his place in the last two. SI Tennis confirmed the result, which sees Djokovic into a fifth Melbourne final in six years:
The pressure from Djokovic was unrelenting from the start as he went 3-0 up inside seven minutes having broken Federer with some brutal forehands.
The Swiss got a game on the board for 3-1, but there was no change in momentum as Djokovic continued to make seemingly every big shot he went for.
Another break for 5-1 and a routine hold handed the five-time champion the first set in only 22 minutes.
The stats from the opening set made for remarkable reading, per the Australian Open:
Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic 2016/01/28 SEMI FINAL tennis highlights HD720p50
Federer’s numerous unforced errors came from the fact he had to go for every corner, every line, just to have a chance of winning a point. And things got no easier for the 17-time Grand Slam winner in the second set.
|52||1st serve percentage||50|
|10/11||1st serve points won||5/7|
|6/10||2nd serve points won||1/7|
|1/1||Net points won||3/7|
|2/2||Break points won||0/0|
|24||Total points win||11|
He came under pressure again in his first service game but managed a galvanising hold, per tennis writer Chris Goldsmith: