Australian Open 2013 Djokovic v Ferrer

Defending champion Novak Djokovic thrashes David Ferrer 6-2 6-2 6-1 to reach Sunday's Australian Open final at Melbourne Park.

24 January 2013 Last updated at 10:30 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 1029: 

    I think that might be me done for the day. I'll be back for Andy Murray's semi-final against Roger Federer tomorrow morning, I do hope you can join me.

  2.  

    Graham on 81111: "This has been a complete privilege to watch. Unbelievable tennis from Djokovic, I'm not sure I've ever seen anything this good apart from Federer in his pomp. Stunning."

    Christian Lucas in Liverpool on text: "I feel so bad for Ferrer. He becomes world number 4 on Monday, if this becomes a regular slam semi-final we're going to be seeing a lot of Djokovic in Grand Slam finals!"

  3.  

    More from Djokovic: "Before the match I was saying he [Ferrer] was one of the most respected guys on the tour and I think he's been experiencing the best time in his career in the last couple of years. Tonight I just played incredible and I wish him all the best for the rest of the season. You need to focus on every point and even though I was two sets up and 4-0 up I didn't want to give him any points. He bounces back really fast if you give him opportunities. I was free in my mind tonight and hopefully I can maintain that for the final."

  4.  

    Novak Djokovic after straight sets win: "I played incredible tennis. I felt very comfortable and very confident from the start. I was aware of David's qualities. I wanted to be aggressive on the court. This is definitely one of the best performances I've had in my career."

  5.   
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "That Djokovic can dismiss the world number four with such ease might raise the odd question about the real depth in men's tennis, it certainly erases any doubts about the Serbian's current form. It was a brilliant display from a player in a different weight class with too many weapons. An 89-minute win with a 48-hour break to follow won't do his final chances any harm either."

  6. 1019: 

    It is difficult to remember a more complete performance than that, Djokovic was playing tennis from another planet to his opponent. The Serb is 4-7 to win the title, as compared to Andy Murray's 11-4. The only crumb of comfort for Murray and Friday's semi-final opponent Roger Federer is that surely Djokovic can't play as well as that in the final on Sunday. As for Ferrer, that was a defeat that will leave deep, deep scars that may never heal.

  7.  

    Charlie Shanahan on Twitter: "This is a magisterial performance from Djokovic, we are witnessing a world class player being ripped to shreds."

    Adedayo Bamgbose on Twitter: "Djokovic is really thrashing Ferrer...maybe he is the one that will win the 4 grand slams this year not Serena."

  8.   
    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live extra

    "It was a privilege to watch that match. It was a special evening. Djokovic has scaled the heights that we've not seen for a long, long time. What a performance, seemingly hitting winners from all sides of the court."

  9.  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Djokovic 6-2 6-2 6-1 Ferrer

    Ferrer serving to stay in the match... exquisite backhand drop-shot by Djokovic for 30-15 and Ferrer puts a forehand into the net for 30-30. But Ferrer sprays a forehand wide on game point to bring it back to deuce. Double fault Ferrer and here's Djokovic's first match point - you've got to feel sorry for David, he's been humiliated out there. Ferrer goes long, Djokovic into his third straight Aussie Open final. On that form, it will be three straight titles, that was an extraordinary good performance by the world number one.

  10.  
    Djokovic 6-2 6-2 5-1 Ferrer*

    Magnificent inside-out forehand pass by Djokovic for 15-0 followed by a backhand winner down the line. Ferrer lured into the net and Djokovic outfoxes him with a dinky backhand lob-volley. "Here lies David Ferrer - killed by a thousand winners." Ferrer into the net with a forehand, Djokovic holds...

  11.   
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    The Serbian fans next to the media seats are in full cry, worrying a Spanish gentleman who looks a bit like Mike Gatting in front of them. "Novak, will you marry me?" bellows one chap. Ferrer still plugging away. He's won half the number of points Djokvic has.

  12.  

    wzio on Twitter: "I'm watching the tennis. The only way Djokovic can lose this match is if one of his legs falls off. And even then it'd be close."

    Ketih Yung on Twitter: "Remember we said no one would break into the Federer-Nadal domination? Then Djokovic comes along and make us all look like idiots."

    Oladele Isujeh on Twitter: "Ferrer shows why he isn't among the Big 4."

  13.  
    *Djokovic 6-2 6-2 4-1 Ferrer

    Djokovic has hit 20 winners and 13 unforced errors, which is the story of the match in a nutshell. Djokovic with two successive forehands into the net before Ferrer passes him with a forehand down the line.

  14.  
    Djokovic 6-2 6-2 4-0 Ferrer*

    Even Djokovic looks surprised by some of the shots he's playing and what a shot that is, a backhand that lands right in the corner. Djokovic thinks he's wrapped things up with a forehand winner, the line judge thinks different, Djokovic was right. How dare they question him?

  15.   
    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live extra

    I wonder if David Ferrer has ever experienced anything like this? Djokovic's control on this match... this is a Grand Slam semi-final, the man is ranked five in the world. It's absolutely mesmerising from Djokovic. It must be a great match to get the DVD of afterwards because it's one awesome shot after another.

  16.  
    *Djokovic 6-2 6-2 3-0 Ferrer

    Djokovic with a forehand round the net post for 0-15 before Ferrer chucks in a double fault. Square cut through point by Djokovic, Brian Lara would have been proud of that, and that's another boundary through the same area for the hold. Ferrer looks up to his team as he makes his way back to his chair and opens his hands as if to say: "There's simply nothing I can do."

  17.  
    Djokovic 6-2 6-2 2-0 Ferrer*

    David Law on the wireless has just mentioned Roberto Duran's 'no mas' against Sugar Ray Leonard way back in 1980 but you can bet your house on the fact that Ferrer won't chuck the towel in. Here he is at the net, dispatching an acrobatic smash, only for Djokovic to hit back with an ace down the middle, a slammed door on Ferrer's already tender fingers. Another straightforward hold for Djokovic, this could be over rather quickly...

  18.  
    *Djokovic 6-2 6-2 1-0 Ferrer

    It's the peashooter against the cannon at the moment and, let's face it, Ferrer's is an almighty big peashooter. Ferrer might as well go down firing but here he is firing a forehand wide and long for 15-30. Djokovic, looking for some big revolutions, frames a forehand long before outlasting Ferrer in a marathon exchange. And that's a break, Ferrer being ground into dust...

  19.  

    Andy Scott on Twitter: "Is Novak human? I'm not so sure."

    Bart Somsen on Twitter: "Just how good is DjokerNole? 94% points won on 1st serve. He is making Ferrer look like a novice."

    Eadi on Twitter: "Djokovic is so comfortable that he's even trying to put gloss on points, can't blame him though."

  20.  
    GAME AND SECOND SET- Djokovic 6-2 6-2 Ferrer*

    Ace down the middle from Djokovic but he follows up with a rather dainty backhand drop-shot into the net, like something you'd see Evonne Goolagong play back in the day. Here's two set points... big old kicker of a second serve and that's a hold, Ferrer being given a damn good thrashing...

  21.  
    *Djokovic 6-2 5-2 Ferrer

    Djokovic happily swinging away on either wing from behind the baseline but here's some touch, a lunging stop-volley that not even the Road Runner can hunt down. Djokovic misses with a forehand for 30-30 only to follow up with an attempted drop-shot into the net. Backhand into the net from Djokovic, a welcome lungful of air for Ferrer...

  22.  
    Djokovic 6-2 5-1 Ferrer*

    Djokovic is running at 94% of first serve points won at the moment, Ferrer being dismantled at the moment. Ferrer with a decent forehand return down the line for 15-30 but Djokovic retaliates with a wrong-footing forehand-smash combination. Ferrer hooks a forehand into the tramlines for 40-30 and Djokovic seals the hold with yet another forehand winner. Andy Murray, go to bed... and don't have nightmares...

  23.  
    *Djokovic 6-2 4-1 Ferrer

    That's 10 consecutive points for Djokovic courtesy of a steered backhand down the line and here are three more break points... double fault Ferrer, Djokovic all over him at the moment, the Spaniard shrinking before our eyes...

  24.  
    Djokovic 6-2 3-1 Ferrer*

    Ferrer playing attacking tennis out there, taking the ball early and pressing the play, but he's a race car in the red and it's dangerous to have a race car in the red. I'm not entirely sure I know what that even means. Easy service hold for Djokovic, Ferrer little more than a fly on the windscreen of the Djokovic juggernaut.

  25.   
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "Four unforced errors in the first set from Djokovic, and gamely as Ferrer might fight he doesn't have the zip off his groundstrokes to trouble the champion. Djokovic will want a quick win as it's not getting any cooler. OK, slightly cooler as it's now 33.9C. Still warm enough to induce a sleepy atmosphere of Rod Laver Arena."

  26.  

    Will from Cambridge on 81111: "If Murray, Federer and Nadal were all to retire do you think Djokovic could train himself to be a regular slam winner playing left handed?"

  27.  
    *Djokovic 6-2 2-1 Ferrer

    Ferrer with an ace out wide, he could do with a few cheap points. Ferrer pulls Djokovic out wide but misses with the backhand down the line for 15-30. But Ferrer wrests back the momentum only for Djokovic to give him the runaround on the next point and finish things with a simple forehand volley. Another ace for Ferrer but he nets with a backhand for deuce... and another... and that's another break...

  28.  
    Djokovic 6-2 1-1 Ferrer*

    Ferrer blows a challenge for 30-0 and Djokovic delivers a pile-driver of a backhand for 40-0. Ace down the T for the hold - Djokovic is wry, spry and crisp and dry at the moment.

  29.   
    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live extra

    "It's an absolute maximum for Ferrer to create any kind of opening in the Djokovic defence. If Ferrer is putting pressure on Djokovic and Djokovic knows that Ferrer isn't going to come in it makes that defence all the more easier."

  30.  
    *Djokovic 6-2 0-1 Ferrer

    It's difficult to see what Ferrer can do to turn this match around - if Djokovic stays in top gear, Ferrer is toast. Bit of luck for Ferrer as a backhand hits the net cord and plops over but Djokovic has the better of a lengthy exchange on the next point, Ferrer eventually hooking a backhand wide. But that's a hold as Djokovic knifes a backhand long.

  31.  
    GAME AND FIRST SET- Djokovic 6-2 Ferrer*

    Djokovic serving to wrap up what would be a surprisingly comfortable first set. Naughty stop-volley by Djokovic for 15-0 before Ferrer buries a backhand into the net to hand his rival two break-points. Ace to seal the deal, it's all pretty one-sided on Rod Laver at the moment.

  32.   
    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live extra

    "Tactically, Djokovic has got this down to a T and Ferrer is playing reactive tennis to everything the serve is doing. Djokovic holding the baseline and not been pushed back at all. On the evidence of this match so far, he really is now moving up the level again."

  33.  

    Rachel, Linlithgow on 81111: "I think Ferrer is going to push Nole all the way, don't underestimate the Spanish terrior!"

    Andrew from Newcastle on text: "Ferrer's problem is the same as Murray had a couple of years ago. Getting every ball back is enough to beat 99% of the tour. Sadly he's just not aggressive enough to beat 'the top 4'. Djokovic to win this in 4 and be fresh as a daisy for his rematch with Murray on Sunday."

  34.  
    *Djokovic 5-2 Ferrer

    Djokovic toying with Ferrer at the moment, like a father with his toddler son - he lures Ferrer in with a neat drop-shot, Ferrer somehow claws it back and Djokovic dinks a volley down the middle for the point. Ferrer makes it 40-15 only for Djoko to claw it back to deuce. Another snorter of a forehand down the line and Ferrer is unable to live with it, back to deuce... that's outrageous from the Serb, spreading his wings, steering a backhand down the line and Ferrer unable to make the backhand pick-up. Ferrer broken again as he spoons a backhand long...

  35.  
    Djokovic 4-2 Ferrer*

    Djokovic looking to consolidate on his own serve and he's in a different class to Ferrer at the moment, here's another backhand winner threaded down the line. Djokovic on 88% first service points won so far and he wraps up the game to love with a cross-court forehand winner. Ferrer being made to look pretty ordinary at the moment, and that's what the great players do.

  36.  
    *Djokovic 3-2 Ferrer

    Djokovic has hit his straps early and here's his fifth winner so far, another swept forehand down the line after a lengthy exchange. Here's two break points after a smart forehand volley into the open court and Djokovic only needs one of them as Ferrer balloons a forehand long. It's a bit Jimmy Cliff out there for David Ferrer: many rivers to cross and he can't seem to find his way over.

  37.  
    Djokovic 2-2 Ferrer*

    A screamer of a forehand winner from Djokovic followed by a clean as a whistle ace and that's a hold to love... not too many dents on serve at the moment...

  38.   
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "It's a punchy 34C in Melbourne as we approach 8pm, and a lot hotter for those who have just been crammed into a fairly feisty Azarenka press conference. More to come on that, first up we see if Djokovic and Ferrer are feeling tired after their exertions this week. As if."

  39.  
    *Djokovic 1-2 Ferrer

    Slice of luck for Ferrer, a forehand hitting the net cord and the ball expiring on Djokovic's side. Ferrer with the off-forehand for 40-0 and a deep, penetrating first serve wraps up the hold.

  40.  
    Djokovic 1-1 Ferrer*

    The first punch-up of the match and it's Djokovic who wins it, flicking the switch on the forehand wing and forcing Ferrer into an errant backhand. Ferrer just misses with an attempted forehand pass before Novak dumps a forehand into the bottom of the net. Encouraging signs for Ferrer, waiting on a second serve a rattling a forehand winner down the line. But Ferrer sticks a forehand return into the net to hand Djokovic the hold.

  41.  

    Sufiya Patel on Twitter: "If Ferrer wasn't playing Djokovic, I would've totally backed him to make it to his first grand slam final but I want Nole to win."

    Scott in Scotland on 81111: "No disrespect to Ferrer. But it is a testament to the top three that he is a massive underdog in this match."

  42.  
    *Djokovic 0-1 Ferrer

    Here goes. Chunky first serve to start by Ferrer, Djokovic claws it back, Ferrer wins the point. Novak is off the mark with a drilled forehand down the line before Ferrer top-edges a forehand for six to make it 30-30. Body serve from Ferrer and a Djokovic backhand into the net hands the Spaniard the game.

  43.   
    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live extra

    "It's going to be a great match. Ferrer, he makes no mistakes. Djokovic has quite publicly stated that he wants to play this match aggressively. It'll be tight, it'll be tough, the points will be long but I expect Djokovic to come out on top."

  44.  

    Stephanie Siu on Twitter: "Djokovic hasn't lost a match in Melbourne since the 2010 Aus Open. He's not about to start now."

  45. 0841: 

    At 30 years and 300 days, Ferrer would be the third oldest first-time Grand Slam finalist in the Open Era, after Niki Pilic and Andres Gimeno. However, the omens aren't great, with Ferrer on an eight-match losing streak against top-three opposition. The last time he beat a top-three player was at the ATP World Tour Finals, when he defeated today's opponent 6-3 6-1.

  46. 0833: 

    Here come the players, through the bowels of Rod Laver Arena and out blinking into the white heat of Melbourne. Ferrer on court first, Djokovic getting the warmer reception. Djokovic the man in black, Ferrer in mainly white with a yellow bandana. Knocking up now, tennis in a few minutes.

  47. 0833: 

    However many sets this match goes, it's fairly safe to say it's not going to be a short one - David Ferrer is wasted on tennis, in another age he would have been a sailor on the ship of a Spanish explorer, living off a diet of weevils and his own urine for months on end. There has only been one Spanish men's champion in the history of the Aussie Open, Rafa Nadal in 2009.

  48. 0823: 

    I think it's fair to say Novak is in the midst of something of a purple patch: he is bidding to become the only man to win the Aussie Open title three years in a row in the Open Era and only the sixth man to reach four Aussie Open finals in the Open Era, the others being Stefan Edberg, Roger Federer (both five), Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendle and Mats Wilander (all four). Ferrer, on the other hand, is bidding to reach his first Grand Slam final.

  49. 0815: 

    Morning. Today's game of tennis is between defending champion Novak Djokovic and the garage door from Spain, David Ferrer. The Serb leads Ferrer 9-5 in head-to-heads and Djokovic has won five of their last six encounters. They've met four times in Grand Slams, twice at the Australian Open and twice at the US - Djokovic has won them all, three times in straight sets. All signs point to a Djokovic victory, although sometimes in sport signs send you the wrong way. Just ask Maria Sharapova, she got one hell of a tonking.

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