Australian Open: Djokovic crushes Ferrer to advance into the final
It took the defending champion Novak Djokovic only 89 minutes to brush off David Ferrer and book his place on Sunday’s final where he will either be facing Roger Federer or Andy Murray.
The top seed was unchallenged throughout the match as he broke the Spaniard’s serve twice in the opening set. The Serb only lost seven points on his own serve against Ferrer.
After winning the toss, Ferrer chose to serve and he held his own until the fourth game of the set when Djokovic stepped up a gear. Djokovic began to play a wider selection of shots and made most of them count as he broke Ferrer to put his nose in front at 3-2. The world number one, who is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era to win three consecutive grand slams in Australia, wrapped up the first set with a routine 6-2 win, as unforced-error tally grew for Ferrer.
The second set was all too identical to the first. Ferrer held his serve but then Djokovic carried on his momentum and dictated the game. Ferrer’s lack of creativity and uncharacteristic shot selections cost him dearly as Djokovic was double-break up after a double fault by the Spaniard.
Djokovic ended Ferrer’s hopes for a comeback in the third set as he began it the same way as he ended the previous, with a break of serve. The five-time Grand-Slam champion made sure to send an unsettling message to his next opponents in the final with his dominant performance against deflated Ferrer which ended 6-2 6-2 6-1.
Umida Ibrahimova, Sports correspondent
SF (1) N Djokovic defeats (4) D Ferrer 6-2 6-2 6-1