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Ferrer no match for Djokovic juggernaut

24 January 2013 11:44

Novak Djokovic dispatched David Ferrer in straight sets on Thursday to book his spot in the Australian Open final.

Top seed and two-time defending champion Djokovic was simply unstoppable against a hapless Ferrer - the tournament's fourth seed - as the Serb cruised into his fourth final at Melbourne Park with a 6-2 6-2 6-1 victory in one hour and 29 minutes.

It was the lowest amount of games conceded (five) in an Open semi-final since 1990, when Stefan Edberg allowed Mats Wilander only four games.

Djokovic dominated all aspects of the contest, but most noticeably, he was bombproof when serving.

The Serbian top-ranked star dropped just seven points on serve for the contest, dropping three of 32 when landing his first serve - which he did 63 percent of the time.

Ferrer - who will move up from world number five to four following the Open - will probably be scratching his head at how he could be closing on the Serb in the rankings, yet be so far behind him on the court.

In Djokovic's first four service games, he led 40-0 before closing the game out - with his five consecutive service games dropped early in his fourth-round clash with Stanislas Wawrinka a distant memory.

Djokovic converted most of those leads to holds-to-love - doing so five straight times from 2-1 in the first set onwards, not even giving Ferrer an inkling of an opportunity to get a foothold into the contest.

He was giving the wily Spaniard some of his own medicine - it's normally Ferrer scrambling behind the baseline making his opponent play extra shots, but Djokovic was at his brilliant defensive best from the back of the court early.

He effected another break for 5-2, before serving out the opener to love in domineering fashion.

Serving first again in the second set, Ferrer managed to hold to get his nose in front on the scoreboard, but his lead was short lived.

Djokovic broke for a 2-1 lead in the second set, and the way he was serving, it was effectively a two-set lead on the stroke of the break-point being converted.

Eight straight points then saw him to a 4-1 lead in quick-time, and it was simply a matter of the Serb by how much at this stage - and the match was only 50 minutes old.

Ferrer broke Djokovic's run of consecutive points on serve at 22, and even got ahead in one of his service games at 15-30, however the world number one was too strong and too consistent to falter as he held for a 5-1 lead.

The Spaniard fed off scraps from Djokovic to force the three-time champion in Melbourne to serve out the set, but he did so with relative ease.

Djokovic's brutal form didn't even allow Ferrer a consolation game late in the piece when the Spaniard led 30-0 on serve, as the Serb sent out a warning sign to potential finalists Roger Federer and Andy Murray, that whoever makes it through will have one sizable challenge to deal with on Sunday.

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