Djokovic eases into fourth Australian Open final; Azarenka to face Li for women’s title

January 24, 2013 · Print This Article

Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia

Top seed Novak Djokovic had little trouble in reaching his third consecutive Australian Open final on Thursday in Melbourne, breezing past No. 4 seed David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. Needed very little time to find his game, Djokovic struck 30 winners, hit six aces and won 91 percent of his first serve points. Never facing a break point in the 89 minute affair, Djokovic improved to 10-5 against the Spaniard in lifetime meetings. The Serb will next face either Roger Federer or Andy Murray in Sunday’s final.

Elsewhere, women’s defending champion Victoria Azarenka reached the finals with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Sloane Stephens of the US. Azarenka, who needs to win the event in order to hold onto her No. 1 ranking, will next face Li Na in the finals. Li poured in one of her greatest performances ever, defeating four-time major winner Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2 in the day’s first semifinal.

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] Novak Djokovic defeats [4] David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1

Singles – Semi-finals

[1] Victoria Azarenka defeats Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-4

[6] Li Na defeats [2] Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2

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