A sweeping victory for top seed Novak Djokovic against 4th seed David Ferrer in the first Australian Open 2013 semifinal match.
Djokovic was leading the series 9-5 before the semifinal match and it was unlikely to expect he would extend the lead in such an easy manner in Rod Laver Arena today. The clash was a contest only until 2 all in the opener when the Serb defending champ broke Ferrer for the first time. The fourth seed Spaniard was unable to find proper answers to his rival’s questions on the court and Nole soon produced a triple set ball and hit an ace for a 6-2 first set victory.
Ferrer seemed to come a bit harder into the set number two, but this momentum did not last long as he dropped a service game in the third game. The Spaniard’s play became ineffective again and he was broken for the second time in a row – this time to love – few minutes later. Serving for the set at 5-2 Nole first executed a well prepared attack with a forehand volley before forcing his opponent’s backhand error to convert the set ball.
There was no way Ferrer could get back into this one as Djokovic played masterfully and started to further frustrate his challenger with refined drop shots. The Spaniard’s points were few and far between in the third set and Nole escaped to 4-0, putting the match beyond any doubt. Ferrer saved a bagel in the following game, but Djokovic responded with a hold to love and acquired the first match ball on his opponent’s serve shortly after. Ferrer’s difficult baseline backhand sailed an inch or two long and it was game, set, and match for the World no. 1 after merely an hour and a half of tennis. He advanced into the Melbourne final with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 overwhelming triumph.
In the post match interview Djokovic expressed his respect for David Ferrer and stressed that this was one of his best performances ever. He added he was “absolutely” going to see the tomorrow’s semifinal match between Murray and Federer to find out whom he will meet in Australian Open final.
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