Australian Open 2011 – Djokovic Crushes Federer

Australian Open Tennis 2011Novak Djokovic was back to his very best as he crushed defending champion Roger Federer in the semi finals of the 2011 Australian Open.

The Serb destroyed the former world number one in straight sets, 7-6 7-5 6-4.

Djokovic will now go on to face either Andy Murray or David Ferrer in the final, as he attempts to secure his second Australian Open title.

Since winning his maiden grand slam in 2008, the Serbian has failed to maintain that level and live up to the expectations that he would break the Nadal / Federer hold on men’s tennis. He along with Murray and Del Potro were the players tipped to be next the generation of multiple grand slam winners.

We can perhaps put his failure to win any more grand slams down to poor form, health problems, change of rackets or simply not dealing with the pressure well. One thing for sure is, that today he was most definitely back to his very best.

At the end of 2010, there were clear signs that Djokovic was about to once again properly challenge for the majors again, he beat Federer in semi finals of the US open after saving two matches points. Today’s performance though was on another level from that, he took the Federer game apart and exposed the flaws in Swiss Aces backhand. He broke the Federer serve 5 times in the last 2 sets and proved his mental toughness in coming back from being a break down in the 2nd as well as recovering from losing the advantage of being up a break in both the second and third set.

Federer’s defeat means that Sunday’s final will be the first Grand Slam not to feature either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer since the 2008 Australian Open final, when Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Federer Djokovic Preview

World number 3 Novak Djokovic and World number 2 Roger Federer are all set to do battle once again in their semi final match at this years Australian Open.

The match will played in the Rod Laver Arena and will be the first match up in the evening session on Thrusday, which kicks off at 7.30pm local time, which means all you folks in the UK should be able tune in from 8.30am to catch the match either live on Eurosport or via the red button on the BBC.

Novak Djokovic was the 2008 champion here in Melbourne and he takes on the current defending champion Roger Federer. They met at the same stage here in 2008 when Djokovic claimed his first and only grand slam, the Serb was victor in straight sets that day. It seems though that bookmakers don not see this match going anywhere like that with Federer odds favourite to beat the “Djoker”.

It may well be down to their head to head that has led them to this conclusion, Federer has won 13 of their matches compared with Djokovic’s 6 victories and the former world number 1 has won the last 3 encounters.

Though perhaps if they were to look a little deeper into those stats they may not come quite the same predication, they have met 5 times in grand slams so far (3 at US Open and 2 at OZ Open) and Federer holds the slight advantage of 3-2 in wins, though it was Djokovic who won their last grand slam match last year at the US Open. (Full list of previous matches below)

If Djokovic can avoid any sight problems, then we could be in for a big upset tomorrow. Betfair have best odds available on either player triumphing tomorrow and they are also offering a free £25 bet for new customers.

Player Roger Federer Novak Djokovic
Traditional Odds Decimal Odds Traditional Odds Decimal Odds
Betfair 47/100 1.47 41/20 3.05
Sky Bet 11/25 1.44 47/25 2.88
betfred 11/25 1.44 7/4 2.75
Victor Chandler 11/25 1.44 9/5 2.8
Blue Sq 11/25 1.44 81/50 2.62
Paddy Power 11/25 1.44 7/4 2.75
Coral 11/25 1.44 7/4 2.75
Bet 365 2/5 1.4 187/100 2.87
Stan James 2/5 1.4 47/25 2.88
William Hill 2/5 1.4 7/4 2.75
Sporting Bet 9/25 1.36 47/25 2.88

On the upcoming match, Novak said,

I have nothing to lose playing Federer, who’s the title defender here. We all know everything about him. I have to believe in myself in order to win that match. I feel like I’m starting to play my best tennis in last five, six months. I have more experience on the court. Physically I’m fit. I’m hitting the ball better and I have more variety in the game. We’re rivals, but we have big respect for each other. I’ve won against him on different occasions, mostly on hard courts, so this is a chance for me.

Previous Matches
Year Event Surface Round Winner Score
2010 ATP World Tour Finals Hard S Federer 6-1, 6-4
2010 Basel Hard F Federer 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
2010 Masters 1000 Shanghai Hard S Federer 7-5, 6-4
2010 US Open Hard S Djokovic 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
2010 Masters 1000 Canada Hard S Federer 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
2009 Basel Hard F Djokovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
2009 US Open Hard S Federer 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-5
2009 Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard F Federer 6-1, 7-5
2009 Masters 1000 Rome Clay S Djokovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
2009 Masters 1000 Miami Hard S Djokovic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
2008 US Open Hard S Federer 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2
2008 Masters – Monte Carlo Clay S Federer 6-3, 3-2 RET
2008 Australian Open Hard S Djokovic 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(5)
2007 US Open Hard F Federer 7-6(4), 7-6(2), 6-4
2007 Masters – Canada Hard F Djokovic 7-6(2), 2-6, 7-6(2)
2007 Dubai Hard Q Federer 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3
2007 Australian Open Hard R16 Federer 6-2, 7-5, 6-3
2006 SUI v. SCG WG PO Hard RR Federer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
2006 Masters – Monte Carlo Clay R64 Federer 6-3, 2-6, 6-3