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Summary

  1. Djokovic beats Federer 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3
  2. World number one through to final
  3. Djokovic to face Murray or Raonic on Sunday
  4. Highlights BBC Two at 14:00 GMT
  5. Johanna Konta beaten 7-5 6-2 by Kerber
  6. Serena Williams beat Radwanska 6-0 6-4

Live Reporting

By Ben Dirs

All times stated are UK

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Righto, that's your lot. The highlights are on BBC Two at 14:00 GMT today, we'll have live text commentary of Andy Murray v Milos Raonic from about 08:00 GMT on Friday. Bless you. 

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

"Federer and Nadal are spectacular to watch while Djokovic is machine-like in comparison. In another era his flair and movement would be incredibly appreciated but he maybe looks a little boring. He put in a massive effort to improve and he knows how to beat these guys. He could improve his volleying and overhead smashes, but mentally he's so strong."

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Charles Hardy: Great match. But why aren't the semis on the same day? Djokovic gets extra day's rest - hardly fair!  

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

Roger Federer gives a thumbs up to the crowd
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"Djokovic was faultless in the first two sets. Federer made too many unforced errors and didn't get his serve going. But credit to Federer for getting back into the match."

Boris Becker looks on impassively, perhaps because he is afraid of the monster he has helped create. Those first two sets were astonishing in their efficiency, two of the best sets you will ever see. How Federer managed to nick a set off him is a miracle within a miracle. Only 20 unforced errors from Djokovic, against the 100 he served up against Gilles Simon in the fourth round. Ominous for whoever plays him in the final, he might be properly tuned in by Sunday.

So, defending champion and five-time winner Djokovic is through to his sixth Australian Open final. That's a record in the Open era, surpassing Federer and Stefan Edberg. If he wins on Sunday - he will play either Andy Murray or Milos Raonic in the final - he will join Roy Emerson as a six-time Australian Open champion.

Djokovic's view

"I played unbelievably in the first two sets but I needed to because Roger has been playing unbelievably and I knew he would be aggressive.

"It's important to always believe you can play your best and it's important your convictions are stronger than your doubts."

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer
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"The first two sets where he played incredible tennis set it up for Novak. Federer gave it a go in the third but Djokovic was brilliant. Some of the shots he gets back are superb. An incredibly high standard of tennis."

DJOKOVIC THROUGH TO SIXTH AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINAL

Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 Federer

Novak Djokovic celebrates
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... and that's your lot, a love game to hold.  

Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-6 5-3 Federer*

Federer sweeps a forehand return long and it's 30-0 to Djokovic. That point in the previous game might have been one last hurrah, because now the Reaper is breathing down Federer's neck... 

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

"Federer serve-volleyed way too much on the second serve in that game. Djokovic had his eye in by the third one."

*Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-6 5-3 Federer

Wowsers, Djokovic with a ludicrous forehand winner on the stretch before running down a Federer drop-shot and putting away the cross-court backhand. Door, ajar. Djokovic finds the net with a forehand for 15-30. WHAT. A. POINT. Both men had it won a half-a-dozen times, there were drop-shots and lobs and volleys and what-nots. Federer eventually put it to bed with a backhand down the line. But what is this? Djokovic has broken regardless and, just like that, is serving for the match.

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Roger Federer looks on
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Lewis Elliott: Imminent need to submit my PhD thesis. But then Federer happened.

Naim Rahman: May have to make up an excuse to leave this meeting if this goes to a 5th set.

Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-6 4-3 Federer*

Djokovic's forehand is malfunctioning now, just as it did against Gilles Simon in round four, but that's a sweet stop-volley for 30-15. Djokovic finds a deep first serve for 40-15 and holds comfortably enough in the end.

*Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-6 3-3 Federer

Neat work at the net from Federer but Djokovic eventually beats him with an angled backhand. Federer finds a couple of accurate first serves to get his nose in front before muffing a forehand for 30-30. Djokovic sprays a backhand long before nutting his racquet in frustration, and Federer finds another peach of a first serve to hold. 

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Tom Relph: Screaming C'mon Federer! In the office, only a month into the job. Definitely worth it.

Ekara: That crowd reception tells you Djokovic will be admired, but Federer will ever be loved.

Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-6 3-2 Federer*

Djokovic outlasts Federer for 30-15, before shushing up a spectator, before sending down an unreturnable first serve for 40-15. That's not clever from Djokovic, ballooning a forehand long, but the Serb holds courtesy of an ace down the middle.

*Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-6 2-2 Federer

Roger Federer
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Federer with another ace before pulling out a forehand winner on the scamper. Federer looking to serve and volley as much as possible now and it's a love game. Federer, just like that, looks like the better player. 

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Margie: Never felt more like calling in sick today!!! Thanks for distracting me from work!! COME ON ROGER!!!!!

Brian McVeigh: Hopefully Fed wins the 4th and the 5th by 18-16, Murray triple bagels Raonic and Fed is exhausted in the final and Murray wins.

Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-6 2-1 Federer*

Djokovic misses with a cross-court backhand before Federer nets with a backhand of his own. That's a hold but it's gone a bit tense since the break - from flowing like molten lava, it's suddenly got a little bit clunky.

*Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-6 1-1 Federer

Federer with an ace down the middle, that's his fourth to Djokovic's nine. Djokovic with some penetrating groundstrokes to make it 30-30 but Federer counters with another ace. That's a hold, Federer has left the ropes behind and is holding the centre of the ring.

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Melbourne

"What a thrill that third set was. Federer will need to give huge thanks to the crowd if he somehow wins this match because the reception he got at the start of the set was amazing."

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Roger Federer celebrates
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Jacob Barr: Daring to dream, come on Federer you beautiful, beautiful man.

Ross Grainger: Following Federer/Djokovic while studying 'Macbeth'. As the tyrant says: "I'll fight till from my bones my flesh be hacked."

Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-6 1-0 Federer*

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They are back at it on a now covered Rod Laver Arena... and it's Federer who is fastest out of the reset blocks, racing into a 0-30 lead. Djokovic finds a good second serve for 15-30 and another for 30-30. Djokovic's first serve has suddenly gone awry but again Federer can only net with his return. Both men have momentarily rusted up, but it's a Djokovic hold.

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

Novak Djokovic
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"Champions learn to let go of previous sets and start again. You are never safe with Federer. Djokovic knows he's got to pump it up again because he's got a fight on his hands."

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Rachel McKie: Can't tear my eyes away from #bbctennis live updates. What a match! Work will have to wait.

Jack Filose: Said it before and will say it again. The day @rogerfederer retires will be one of the saddest in the history of sport. Warrior!

Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-6 Federer*

It tells you what a great, great player Federer is that one moment we're lauding Djokovic's performance as perhaps the greatest of all time, the next Federer is nicking a set off him. Federer has gone for what, in the sanitised world of modern sport, is called a 'comfort break', but back in the real world is called a visit to the toilet. And tracksuits are on, the roof is coming over, there must be a storm brewing...

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

"There were a couple of shots that really worked the crowd into a frenzy. People talk about whether Federer has lost a yard of pace but he's as fast as he's ever been. That cross-court pick-up was phenomenal, just to get there, let alone make it."

*Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-6 Federer

... we're back to deuce. Another meaty first serve from Federer to nick back the advantage, before Djokovic goes long with a forehand return. Federer is alive and kicking...

David Law

Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

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"Federer has been knocked from pillar to post but he's on his way back. The crowd are going to go bananas if he gets this set."

*Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-5 Federer

My apologies, I've been showing the score wrong for a while, the second set was 6-2 to Djokovic, not 6-1. Djokovic with a flipped backhand winner that skims the baseline - Federer challenges, but it was somewhat forlorn - but he goes long this time to hand his rival set point. Djokovic saves, hitting the line again with a cross-court forehand, before Federer picks him off with a dipping forehand down the line. Ace down the middle, we have a fourth set... nope, Djokovic challenges, and it was out...

Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-5 Federer*

That third set turned on its head almost imperceptibly - one minute Federer was curled up into a ball getting pummelled in the corner, the next he had Djokovic by the throat. But I missed the bit in between. Lovely swept backhand winner by Federer before Djokovic wins a challenge by the skin of his teeth for 40-15. Federer nets, he'll have to serve out for the third set. 

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

Novak Djokovic reacts
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"Who would have thought this 15 minutes ago?"

*Djokovic 6-1 6-2 2-5 Federer

Roger Federer
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Federer seems to have hit his straps all of a sudden, here he is with a forehand winner down the line. He follows up with an errant forehand for 15-30 before arcing a third ace down the middle for 30-30. Federer anticipates the cross-court backhand from Djokovic and puts away a forehand down the line, and somehow - I'm not sure how - Federer is one game away from winning the third set.

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Matt: Everyone's so busy saying how great Djoker's demolition of Fed is that they haven't mentioned how awesome Fed's comeback will be.

John Maclennan: Fed just wanted to give him a two-set head start.

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

"You can feel the tide turning in this set. Djopkovic has dropped off a little bit and Federer is hitting harder. Djokovic is a bit tentative and just trying to get the ball back in."

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

"That's the first time I've heard Djokovic grunt in this match. That shows the tension is getting to him now."

Federer breaks - Djokovic 6-1 6-2 2-4 Federer*

Djokovic with his first double - open a window, to hear if the birds are still singing. Federer has break points! Two of them. Wonderful work at the net by Federer and he eventually wins the point with a backhand volley. But then like my dreams, those two break points fade and die. However, Djokovic sprays an attempted backhand pass wide for another break point but this time Federer goes long with a forehand... deuce again...

... more industrial-strength hitting from Djokovic, Federer must have wrists like a navvy, but he eventually buckles under the strain. But this is cute as a button from Federer, a sliced drop-volley to make it deuce again, before Djokovic sends down his seventh ace... Federer makes it deuce again, before Djokovic heaves down another ace... backhand winner from Federer for deuce again...

And what a point that was from Federer - Djokovic looks to have it won with a gossamer drop-shot but Federer somehow sniffs if out and beats his rival with an angled forehand. Magical, just magical. And now we have a break. The crowd rises as one - Federer's alive and well!

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Danny Morgan: How is it possible that Djokovic seems to be even better than he was last year? Frightening for the rest of men's field.

Rehan Kemal: Even if Djok's performance today is the best ever, Fed at his peak will never be surpassed as the greatest player in history   

Game, set and match

Reid into wheelchair final

Gordon Reid celebrates
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Good news for Britain's Gordon Reid who has beaten Gustavo Fernandez to reach the final of the men's wheelchair competition.

The 24-year-old Scot won an epic contest, that included an 87-minute final set, 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 7-6.

He will face Belgian Joachim Gerard, who beat second seed Stephane Houdet 3-6 6-1 6-3, in the final.