Novak Djokovic dominates Roger Federer early, holds on in Australian Open semifinal

WILLIAMS VS. RADWANSKA: William has a serious winning record against Radwanska, eight wins and zero losses.

JULIAN SMITH/EPA Novak Djokovic is too much for Roger Federer in the semifinals.

But it was barely a contest as Djokovic twice broke the world number three in his opening three service games. With the majority of the crowd on Rod Laver Arena urging him on, the Swiss was thwarted on his first four break points of the match, but not on his fifth.

The first two sets, which Djokovic won in a swift 54 minutes, were especially stunning.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC PRODUCED a masterful performance as he accounted for former world number one Roger Federer to progress to the Australian Open final.

Djokovic held three match points in the next game and he clinched it in two hours, 19 minutes when Federer netted a backhand. The Serbian doubled Federer in aces, ten to five, and won higher percentages of points on first and second serve.

"It would mean a lot to me, no doubt about it", Federer said.

In less than an hour, the most anticipated showdown of this year's championships was in danger of turning into a Djokovic blowout so much so that Federer's wife Mirka was spotted time and again burying her face into her hands.

The first set was over within 22 minutes. Whoever wins, we both deserve to be in the final.

Nestor and Stepanek will play Andy Murray's older brother Jamie Murray and his partner Bruno Soares in the final. Whereas I felt before, when I was actually doing TV commentary for some of his matches, now and then he would lose a set or two for no reason.

One can watch Australian Open matches live and exclusive on SONY ESPN, SONY ESPN HD, SONY SIX and SONY SIX HD. The world No. 3 held his next two service games to seize the set and continued to come up with brilliance en route to a 3-3 deadlock in the fourth. Then Djokovic, steadied, played a terrific return game at 4-3 and closed out the match. Ball boys and girls used towels to dry up a few water spots, and play resumed to allow Kerber to serve and take the set.

That was his final highlight of the night.

Serena Williams provided another reminder of her dominance in women's tennis with a 6-0, 6-4 win in the Australian Open semifinals against Agnieszka Radwanska, who is soon to move to the No. 3 ranking. The rousing ovation Federer received as he came out to begin the third set sparked him into life, but the match was settled in the eighth game of the fourth. Williams had 18 winners in the first set.

Konta had become the first British woman to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam since 1983, but was unable to book a place in the final as Kerber triumphed 7-5, 6-2.

Williams, 34, has a 5-1 win record against Kerber and vastly more big match experience, but she is not underestimating the threat she faces.

Jamie Murray and Brazil's Bruno Soares are taking on the French team of Adrian Mannarino and Lucas Pouille in a semifinal on Rod Laver Arena. "It's part of the reason why I guess I'm still playing". "It is hard to know what the future is going to bring", Djokovic said.

Thursday's semifinal will be their 45th meeting in a head-to-head which is on a knife-edge at 22 wins each.

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