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- DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-2 6-1 – GAME SET MATCH! Ferrer scampers to run down another drop shot and rips a forehand across Djokovic at the net. Djokovic nets but finds an exquisite drop shot winner to get into the game. Another drop shot brings an error from Ferrer as the Spaniard nets but a good first serve brings a game point. But Ferrer hits a forehand wide and a double fault at the wrong time concedes match point. The Spaniard hits long and that’s it in an hour and 29 minutes!
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-2 5-1 – Djokovic opens with a stunning inside out forehand winner that Mats Wilander describes as ‘ridiculous’. He follows with a backhand winner up the line and it’s easy to feel sorry for Ferrer now. A cheeky drop shot and lob and Djokovic is playing with Ferrer like a cat with a mouse and he rounds off yet another love game.
- STAT: Djokovic has hit 20 winners and made 13 unforced errors.
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-2 4-1 – Well played Ferrer! He starts the game with a forehand winner of his own. Back comes Djokovic though and he repays the compliment with one of his own before twice finding the net. A forehand pass and Ferrer is on the board to the cheers of the crowd who surely expected more from this.
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-2 4-0 – Djokovic opens up with two more big serves up the tee and races to 40-0 with another backhand winner. A rare Djoko forehand error gets Ferrer on the board in the game but the Serb wraps up the game with a forehand winner.
- STAT: Djokovic has won all 6 of his break points.
- Mats Wilander: ‘Ferrer is too predictable in the way he plays. Djokovic knows what is coming.’
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-2 3-0 – BREAK! Djokovic starts with a blistering forehand winner and Ferrer throws in a tame double fault to put himself in trouble. Djokovic earns three more break point with a forehand winner and converts with a stunning backhand winner! Djoko is on fire!
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-2 2-0 – Djoko opens with another winning first serve but Ferrer chases down a drop shot and puts away the subsequent smash. The crowd now getting behind the Spaniard. Djokovic responds with a sixth ace and a serve and drive volley gives him two game points. Ferrer nets and Djokovic consolidates the break.
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-2 1-0 – BREAK! A bad start for Ferrer on serve in the third set, netting on the opening point. Djokovic repays the compliment but yet again out rallies Ferrer from the baseline for the umpteenth time to edge ahead in the game. A wild shanked forehand gives the Spaniard some respite but Djokovic gets the better of the longest rally of the match o forge another break point and Ferrer hits long to concede the early break. Relentless.
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-2 – SET! Djokovic opens with another ace but finds the net for the second time in succession with a drop shot attempt. Another big serve finds its mark before Djokovic again out rallies Ferrer to bring up two set points. Ferrer nets and Djokovic has a two set advantage in an hour and six minutes of play.
- STAT: Djokovic has won 94% of points on his first serve.
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 5-2 – Ferrer nets on the opening point but Djokovic then hits long to restore parity. The Serb follows a huge forehand with a neat drop volley but goes for too much on his next forehand and blazes wide. Djokovic twice nets and Ferrer holds but the Serb will serve for a two set lead.
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 5-1 – Djoko opens with a good wide first serve but loses only his third point on serve with a shanked forehand into the stands. Ferrer successfully challenges an ace and forces Djokovic into another error with a forehand into the corner. Djokovic rallies back to 30-30 and forces another Ferrer error before another forehand winner puts him to within a game of a two set lead.
- STAT: Djokovic has conceded just two points on serve in the match!
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 4-1 – BREAK! Djokovic dismantles Ferrer in the opening rally with ease, putting away a comfortable forehand volley. Ferrer hits long to put himself in trouble at 0-30 and a blazing backhand winner earns Djokovic three more break points. A double fault concedes the game and Ferrer looks a beaten man already.
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 3-1 – Djokovic opens with a really good second serve and Ferrer again nets at the end of a baseline exchange. The Spaniard finds the net once more and Djokovic holds easily to love with a big first serve.
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- DJOKOVIC 6-2 2-1 – BREAK! Djokovic again has Ferrer scampering around the court to win a draining opening point but the Spaniard earns a cheap second point with an ace. Djokovic comes out on top of another long rally but a big serve pulls Ferrer level at 30-30. Djokovic makes an uncharacteristic unforced error but wins another long rally to pull it back to deuce. Djokovic earns another break point and Ferrer nets tamely to concede the early break. Writing on the wall?
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 1-1 – Djoko bludgeons another huge forehand to open and Ferrer unsuccessfully challenges a forehand that Hawkeye confirms is just long. A cracking crosscourt backhand gives the Serb three game points and he rounds off another love service game with an ace.
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 0-1 – Ferrer starts the second set by winning a confidence building long opening rally but then hits long. A second lucky net cord edges the Spaniard ahead but another unforced error sees the game go to 30-30 before he digs deep to hold. Ferrer needed that.
- DJOKOVIC 6-2 – SET! Djokovic opens with a neat drop volleyed winner and follows with a big first serve. Ferrer nets tamely to concede three set points and Djokovic seals the set in 29 minutes with a third ace.
- UNFORCED ERRORS: Djokovic 1-9 Ferrer
- DJOKOVIC 5-2 – BREAK! Ferrer opens with a confidence building backhand winner but Djokovic has him on a piece of string on the next point, moving him left and right before finishing the point with a neat volley. Djokovic nets a backhand and shouts in frustration and Ferrer goes 40-15 ahead. But Djokovic rallies back to earn a break point and converts to earn the double break and almost certainly the set.
- DJOKOVIC 4-2 – Djokovic consolidates the hold with a comfortable love service hold including two more big forehands. His second love hold in a row.
- DJOKOVIC 3-2 – BREAK! Ferrer nets an easy backhand return but Djokovic returns the compliment before blazing a forehand winner from the back of the court. A forehand volleyed winner sets up two break points. Ferrer hits long and Djokovic has the crucial first break. Ominous signs.
- DJOKOVIC 2-2 – The game opens with a lovely backhand slice exchange before Ferrer nets and a trademark backhand winner up the line followed by a successive aces gives Djokovic his first love hold.
- DJOKOVIC 1-2 – Ferrer gets lucky with a net cord that drops over on the Djokovic side and he then forces a return error with a good first serve. A forehand winner sets up three game points and he seals the game to 15 with another good first serve. Confident start from Ferrer here.
- DJOKOVIC 1-1 – Djokovic opens with a big first serve that Ferrer plants wide and then gets the better of the first long rally of the match. The Spaniard hits a return just wide but gets back in the game with a forehand winner after Djokovic nets an easy forehand. Djokovic holds with another decent first serve.
- DJOKOVIC 0-1 – Ferrer holds. Ferrer opens confidently with a big first serve and forehand that Djoko can’t get back but the Serb then blazes his first forehand winner to serve notice of intent. Another good Ferrer serve puts him ahead in the game but he wildly shanks a forehand long. A good body serve gives the Spaniard game point and Djoko nets to give Ferrer the game.
8.45 - Here we go. Ferrer won the toss and chose to serve.
8.40 - Ferrer, like Tim Henman, is in his fifth Grand Slam semi final. And like Henman, he is yet to make a final.
8.35 - The players are about to make their way out onto court and will shortly be warming up on the Rod Laver Arena. Not long to go now folks.
8.25 - Djokovic is bidding to become the first man in the Open era to win three successive Australian Open titles and the sixth man to compete in four Aussie Open titles, joining Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl and Eurosport’s own Mats Wilander. If Ferrer wins, it would be his first Grand Slam final.
8.20 - The last time Ferrer beat Djokovic was in the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London where he triumphed 6-3 6-1. But Ferrer has won all of their four Grand Slam meetings to date, including the 2012 Australian Open quarter final.
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8.05 - The players will be on court shortly. The winner will face either Andy Murray or Roger Federer who face off in Friday morning’s semi final.
8.00 - Expect some long baseline rallies in this one. I’m picking Djokovic in four sets. Follow Eurosport on Twitter @eurosportcom_en throughout this match.
7.55 - Djokovic leads the head-to-head between the players 9-5 with his last victory coming in last year’s US Open semi final. Djokovic lost the first set but fought back to win in four. The return of serve today will be vital for Ferrer today. HawkEye: Return vital for Ferrer chances
7.50 - Djokovic reached the semi final after following his marathon five set victory over Stanislas Wawrinka with a more comfortable four set victory over Tomas Berdych. Ferrer came through a tough quarter final encounter against fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, fighting back from two sets down.
7.45 - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Novak Djokovic versus David Ferrer in the first men’s semi final. The match is due to get underway at 8.30 GMT. Don't forget you can watch this clash, as well as tomorrow’s semi-final and both finals, live in full on the Eurosport Player. Click here to subscribe.
|Date of Birth||22/05/1987|
|Date of Birth||02/04/1982|