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Australian Open 2011 Update: Djokovic outclasses Federer, reaches Final

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Source: australianopen.com

Day 11 of the first Grand Slam of the year saw some fantastic tennis, some huge landmark moments some real drama, emotion, upset, it basically had it all. It was the day when the Women’s finalists were decided, along with one finalist from Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles finalists. Read on to find out just why it was such a landmark day.

Men’s Singles

It was a highly anticipated semi-final clash between Roger Federer (defending champion and World No 2) and Serbian Novak Djokovic (World No 3). The last time these 2 players had met in a Grand Slam was the US Open 2010 semi-final, which produced an epic encounter with Serb winning in 5 thrilling sets. It was expected to be a hum-dinger of a battle once again. But, Novak Djokovic had other ideas. He has been a man on a mission for quite some time now. From helping Serbia win their first ever Davis Cup title, to putting in the long hours of training, in quest of taking his game to the next level, and playing some sensational tennis enroute to this semi-final clash with Federer, Djokovic was definitely going to provide a stern test to the Swiss maestro. And Djokovic did exactly that as he outplayed, outclassed Federer in straight sets 7-6, 7-5, 6-4, to reach his 4th Grand Slam final.

The first set was a tight affair as both players served well and held their serve, and the set moved into the tiebreaker. In the tie-breaker, Djokovic took full advantage of 1 unforced error from Federer and that 1 mini-break was enough for Djokovic to win the first set. Djokovic managed to break early in second set too, before Federer showed his class to make a comeback and lead 5-2, on the brink of leveling the match. But, then Federer got loose and Djokovic seized the opportunity as he won 5 games in a row to take the second test 7-5. By then, Djokovic had got the measure of Federer and he won the 3rd set 6-4, crushing Federer into submission and pulling off one of the best wins of his career.

Djokovic was naturally ecstatic after the win and said:

“It’s hard to say really, you don’t know if you’re feeling excited because you’re one game away from a Grand Slam title, and wining against Roger, he puts a lot of pressure on you, I had to take my chances, the second set I was a break up and in 20 minutes I was 5-2 down, if I would lose that second set, God knows which direction the mach would go.”

“I’m just happy to play my best tennis. Australian Open is a special tournament because there are a a lot of nations, it’s nice, sometimes you feel like you’re in a football match, and for us players it’s unusual but it’s great, to get that support.”

And here we are with Djokovic in the final, awaiting the winner of the semi-final between David Ferrer (7) (conqueror of Nadal) and Andy Murray (5).  Whatever happens, it would be a fascinating Men’s Singles Final on Sunday.

Women’s Singles

It was a huge day for China as Li Na, the No 9 seed beat the World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki in 3 sets, to reach her first ever Grand Slam final. She thus became the first ever Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam final, which is SOME achievement. Li Na came back from 1 set down, to win the match, playing some ferocious tennis from inside the baseline and hitting one winner after another and shaking the World No 1 Wozniacki’s confidence. Li Na, infact saved a match point at 4-5 in the second set, and then never looked back and her will and determination to win, was just too much for Wozniacki to handle.  Li Na played with a lot of aggression and though she made as many as 51 unforced errors, as compared to 24 by Wozniacki, she also hit 42 winners, with Wozniacki hitting only 10. Her go-for-broke approach paid off in the end as she won in 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Li Na’s reaction after the match was as follows:

“In the beginning of the match I want to hit another winner because I know she didn’t have a winner shot for me. I was feeling maybe she can follow my system, but it’s not. I make a lot of mistake in the first set and also the beginning second set. After I save the match point, I was thinking like, Okay now a chance. It’s tough play against her. She’s running ‑‑ I was feeling some shot I can hit winner but every time she just back on the ball, back to the ball… Also many people think I’m kind of old, I couldn’t do anything better in the tennis. I was feeling I’m still young. I can play many more years. All the Asia people ‑ they’re strong mentally. And also, if they come to the tour many years, they have more experience can use on the court.”

In the other semi-final Kim Clijsters (3) was on the top of her game against Vera Zvonareva (2), as she powered her way into the final with an impressive straight sets 6-3, 6-3 victory. Clijsters took just 70 odd minutes to win the match, in which she won 58 points, compared to just 43 by Zvonareva, showing how dominant Clijsters was.

Clijsters said after the match:

“Today I was able to just stay very aggressive throughout it all and keep my unforced errors down and put a lot of pressure on her. Yeah, so, I mean, it’s good. I’m very happy with the way I ended this today.”

So, it would be a highly charged up and an emotional final on Saturday evening between Li Na and Clisjters. While Clijsters would be gunning for her first Australian Open title after she lost in the final in 2004, Li Na would be playing in her first ever Grand Slam final. Li Na would have nothing to lose and that is when she could be very dangerous. Having said that, it would be a momentous occasion for Li Na and the nerves could also very well play a crucial part.

Indian Challenge

There was great news for the Indian tennis fans as the Indian Express (Paes-Bhupathi) reached the final of the Men’s Doubles event after winning a closely contested semi-final match against the No 2 seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor. Paes-Bhupathi won 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 as they reached their second Australian Open final, the first being in 1999, 12 years ago. Paes-Bhupathi had lost that final and would be looking forward to their first every Australian Open title. This is because neither Paes, nor Bhupathi have been able to win Australian Open title, even after they stopped playing together. Infact, Bhupathi hasn’t won a Grand Slam Doubles title for 9 years now, after winning 2002 US Open title with Max Mirnyi. Paes, has won 3 Grand Slam doubles titles since separating with Bhupathi. So, this would be a huge moment for Paes-Bhupathi as they continue their dream comeback run. But, they would have their task cut out in the finals as they face red hot, in form Bryan brothers, who haven’t put a foot wrong since 2010 and have been on a roll. The whole of India would be hoping Paes-Bhupathi produce some magic in the final and take the crown.

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