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Djokovic outclasses Federer to reach final

Novak Djokovic produced tennis Roger Federer would have been proud of in his prime as the world number one outclassed the Swiss master again to reach his sixth Australian Open final.

Djokovic celebrates beating Federer Credit: PA

Djokovic blew Federer away during two stunning opening sets on Rod Laver Arena and while the 34-year-old recovered to snatch the third, it proved only a consolation as the Serb won a pulsating contest 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3.

It means Djokovic now leads the pair's head-to-head for the first time 23-22 and he goes through to meet either Britain's Andy Murray or Canadian Milos Raonic in Sunday's final.

Djokovic had given his rivals hope after two lacklustre displays against Gilles Simon and Kei Nishikori but the top seed was back to his very best here and will now be strong favourite to clinch his 11th major crown.

For Federer, his wait for an 18th continues and despite playing brilliantly against the rest of the field, it may never end while he keeps running into Djokovic, who has now won their last four grand slam meetings.

"Definitely I played unbelievable first two sets but that's what's necessary against Roger," Djokovic said.

"He's been playing at a very high level, he had dropped only one set and I knew he'd be aggressive, mix up the pace and come to the net.

"I came out with the right intensity, great concentration and executed everything perfectly. A two-set lead is more comfortable but it was a battle in the end."


Johanna Konta beaten in Australian Open semi-final

Johanna Konta lost to Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-2 Credit: Reuters

Britain's Johanna Konta has been knocked out of the Australian Open after losing her semi-final match.

The British number one was beaten 7-5, 6-2 by Germany's Angelique Kerber.

The 24 year old was the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Jo Durie at the 1983 US Open.

Kerber will now face Serena Williams in the final.

Jamie Murray reaches Australian Open doubles final

Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares won 6-3, 6-1 Credit: Reuters

Jamie Murray has reached his third consecutive Grand Slam final after he and partner Bruno Soares won their Australian Open semi-final.

The duo beat French pair Adrian Mannarino and Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-1.

They will now face either Canada's Daniel Nestor and Czech Radek Stepanek or Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas and Spaniard Marcel Granollers in the final.

Murray lost at the last hurdle with former partner John Peers at both Wimbledon and the US Open last year.


Johanna Konta reaches Australian Open semi-finals

Johanna Konta will face Germany's Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals. Credit: Reuters

British No.1 Johanna Konta has secured her place in the Australian Open semi-finals with a straight-sets victory over Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai.

Konta won the match 6-4, 6-1 on Rod Laver Arena.

The 24 year old is the first British woman in a Grand Slam semi-final since Jo Durie at the 1983 US Open and the first at the Australian Open since Sue Barker in 1977.

She will now face Germany's Angelique Kerber, who earlier beat two-time champion Victoria Azarenka.

Konta began her run to the semi-final with a first-round victory over seven-time grand slam winner Venus Williams.

Konta into Australian Open quarter finals

Johanna Konta was in fine form. Credit: Reuters

British No.1 Johanna Konta has secured a place in the Australian Open quarter-finals after beating Ekaterina Makarova in three sets (4-6 6-4 8-6).

Konta becomes the first British woman to make it to the last eight of a Grand Slam since 1984.

"Mentally, emotionally, physically, I left it all out here on court," Konta said.

"I tried to hang in there and just run after every ball and keep fighting. That's all I can do and fortunately I was able to capitalise on some opportunities and close out in the end."

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