Australian Open: Djokovic Beats Federer to Reach Eighth Final

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Novak Djokovic on Thursday defeated Swiss Legend Roger Federer 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 6-3 to qualify for the final of the 2020 Australian Open.

The victory qualified the Serb for a record eighth Australian Open final and moved him closer to his 17th Grand Slam title.

The clash was the 50th encounter between the two tennis giants who have won 36 majors between them.

Djokovic will play either fifth seed Dominic Thiem or seventh-ranked German Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final in Melbourne.

Winning on Sunday will see the 16 time major winner reclaim the number one ranking after Rafael Nadal was ousted in the last eight.

It was the fourth time Djokovic had beaten Federer at the semi-final stage in Melbourne after achieving the same in 2008, 2011 and 2016.