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Djokovic tops Federer at Melbourne

Jan. 25, 2008 at 4:14 PM
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MELBOURNE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic Friday beat Roger Federer 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the men's semifinals at the Australian Open Tennis Tournament at Melbourne.

The victory allowed the 20-year-old Serbian to avenge a loss to Federer in last year's U.S. Open title match.

Djokovic kept his record of not having dropped a set in the event intact by hitting 50 winners and saved seven of nine Federer break-point chances.

"It's unbelievable to beat the No. 1 player in the world, probably the best this court has seen," said the third-seeded Djokovic after his second career victory in seven meetings against the Swiss great. "I am amazed at the way I coped with the pressure and I played my best tennis."

"He made the more important points today," Federer said.

The three-time Australian Open champion and 12-time Grand Slam winner had a 19-match winning streak in Melbourne and streak of 10 consecutive appearances in Grand Slam championship matches stopped.

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