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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic beats Milos Raonic to set up semi-final clash vs Roger Federer

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic booked a mouth-watering clash with Roger Federer in the Australian Open semi-finals, after beating Canadian Milos Raonic over 3 sets on Tuesday.

Djokovic extended his career record against the big-serving Raonic to 10-0

Djokovic extended his career record against the big-serving Raonic to 10-0 (AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Novak Djokovic beat Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (1) to move one step closer to a 9th Australian Open title
  • Djokovic will now face Roger Federer for the 50th time in the semi-finals
  • Roger Federer earlier saved 7 match points to book a last-4 berth

Novak Djokovic has moved to within two wins of an eighth Australian Open title with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (1) victory over 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic.

Djokovic extended his career record against the big-serving Canadian to 10-0, despite having issues with his contact lenses in the third set, to set up a semifinal between two men with a combined 36 major titles.

Djokovic next plays six-time Australian Open winner Roger Federer, who saved seven match points before fending off 100th-ranked Tennys Sandgren in five sets. Djokovic has never lost a semifinal or final he has contested at Melbourne Park.

Roger Federer has saved seven match points before fending off 100th-ranked Tennys Sandgren in five sets to reach the Australian Open semifinals for the 15th time.

Federer, who has won six Australian championships among his 20 major titles, took an off-court medical timeout in the third set and was on the verge of a shocking quarterfinal exit in the fourth before rallying to win 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (8) 6-3.

The 38-year-old Federer will next play either seventh-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic or No. 32 Milos Raonic.

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