Respect to Roger: Novak Djokovic after routing injury-hit Federer at Australian Open

The defending champion moved within one win of a record-extending eighth Australian Open title with a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-3 victory over his injury-hit rival

Roger Federer crashed out of the Australian Open with a semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic this morning and the Swiss star cast doubt on his future appearances at Melbourne Park.

The Swiss star picked up the problem during his dramatic win over Tennys Sandgren in the Australian Open quarter-finals earlier this week.

Doubts were then cast over whether he would be fit to take on Novak Djokovic today.

But Federer battled through the pain to face the world No 2 on Rod Laver Arena – where he ultimately fell to a straight-sets defeat.

There was no shame in Federer’s performance as he shot out of the blocks and took an early lead.

There were concerns surrounding that Roger Federer’s participation in the much-anticipated semi-final as speculations were the 20-time Grand Slam champion would withdraw from the last-four was expected before but unfortunately it didnt happened

However, Federer, who suffered a problem during his 5-set marathon against Tennys Sandgren in the quarter-final, went out for practice on Thursday morning with heavy strappings on his leg. He trained indoors as well to keep away from the heat in Melbourne.

Djokovic will be looking to extend his Australian Open with a record to 8 titles when he takes on the winner of the 2nd semi-final between Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s final.

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