In what can only be called a shocking defeat, World No. 1, Roger Federer, was ousted by Serbian Novak Djokovic. The 12 times Grand Slam winner was strangled 7-5 6-3 7-6(7-5) by the third seed. Federer, who has had no official match play this year and has just recovered from an illness, lauded the efforts of the Serb, who has been in great form throughout this tournament.
Bidding for his 20th consecutive victory in the Melbourne Park and his thirteenth Grand Slam, Federer was rendered clueless for a greater part of the match as Djokovic defeated him in three straight sets. It was only during the first eight games of the match that Federer seemed to have a leading 5-3 in the opening set but soon after, the Serb won five games in a row and didn’t give the World No.1 any chance to recuperate.
The Rod Laver Arena, where the match took place, was magnificently lit up and a magnanimous crowd flocked to watch the “exciting” match. It was indeed one of the most highly-anticipated matches of the Grand Slam. Though the crowd favourite was Federer, with people cheering for him from all sides, Djokovic built up support and appreciation from everyone present there.
Federer’s defeat comes across as not just a shock, but also threatens his position as the world champion and endangers his reputation as a living legend, with Djokovic’s shadow looming large over his otherwise successful career.
The Serb now meets the Frenchman, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, who defeated World No. 2, Rafael Nadal, in his semi-final against the Spainiard.
On Saturday, Ana Ivanovic meets fellow Russian, Maria Sharapova, in yet another exciting match. The Australian Open has been home to some of the greatest tennis and have held plenty of surprises. With the Grand Slam nearing its end, the wait begins for the next!
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