Djokovic conquers Federer to reach final

Novak Djokovic once again mastered defending champion Roger Federer to reach the final of the Australian Open on Thursday.

The resurgent Serbian third seed wore down Federer 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 6-4 in three hours to repeat his semi-final win over the Swiss great in the 2008 Australian Open on the way to winning his lone Grand Slam title.

Djokovic will now play the winner of Friday’s semi-final between British fifth seed Andy Murray and Spain’s seventh seed David Ferrer in Sunday’s title match. It will be the first Grand Slam without Rafael Nadal or Federer since the 2008 Australian final.