Federer, Djokovic will meet in semis

Roger Federer plays a shot during his quarterfinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka at the...

Roger Federer plays a shot during his quarterfinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka at the Australian Open on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic)

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Reigning champion Roger Federer and former titlist Novak Djokovic will clash in the semifinals at the Australian Open after both stars posted quarterfinal victories Tuesday at Melbourne Park.

The second-seeded four-time Aussie Open champ Federer blasted 19th-seeded fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-3, 6-3, while a third-seeded Djokovic handled sixth-seeded Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 on Day 9 of the fortnight.

The 16-time major champion and former world No. 1 Federer tallied 29 winners and broke Wawrinka's serve five times en route to the final four for an eighth straight time here. The match was over in 1 hour, 47 minutes, as Wawrinka failed to break his compatriot in defeat.

Wawrinka is now 1-7 lifetime against his good friend Federer, who topped Brit Andy Murray in last year's Aussie finale.

"For some reason I was able to return him well," Federer said. "On my own service games I was really good, too. I think that really set the tone for a good match for me."

Federer titled in Doha three weeks ago to open his 2011 campaign, while Wawrinka was a champion in Chennai two weeks back.

The 29-year-old Federer captured Aussie titles in 2004, 2006, 2007 and last year and was the 2009 runner-up to his great rival Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic, meanwhile, dismissed Berdych in just over two-and-a-half hours by popping 10 aces among his 34 winners and breaking his Czech counterpart's serve fives times, compared to only one break for Berdych, who succumbed to Nadal in last year's Wimbledon finale.

Last year's U.S. Open runner-up Djokovic titled here in Melbourne in 2008, including a straight-set upset of Federer in the semis. The Serbian star also toppled Federer in last year's U.S. Open semifinals in a five-set classic.

Federer is 13-6 lifetime against Djokovic, including a 1-1 mark here in Melbourne. The Swiss beat the Serb in straight sets in the fourth round here back in 2007.

Djokovic was asked about his chances in the semis.

"If I continue playing like this, I think I have a good chance," he said. "But in the next match I have Federer. We all know he is the best player ever, so we all know it is going to be tough."

The quarterfinals will wrap up here on Wednesday when the world No. 1 Nadal takes on seventh-seeded fellow Spaniard David Ferrer and a fifth-seeded Murray will meet rising Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. The speedy Ferrer titled in Auckland two weeks ago.

Nadal will meet Ferrer for a 15th time, as the nine-time Grand Slam champ is 11-3 lifetime against his countrymate. They've split two Grand Slam matchups, with Nadal winning in the quarters at Roland Garros back in 2005 and Ferrer prevailing in the fourth round at the U.S. Open in 2007.

The 24-year-old Nadal is trying to become the first man in 42 years to win four straight Grand Slam titles. He captured last year's French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open championships. Aussie icon Rod Laver won all four majors in one season in 1962 and 1969.

Murray is 1-0 lifetime against Dolgopolov, who stunned two-time French Open runner-up Robin Soderling here on Monday.


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