• Djokovic dismantles Ferrer, into Melbourne final

    1/24/13 2:06 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Djokovic dismantles Ferrer, into Melbourne final Novak Djokovic took apart David Ferrer's game in the first of the men's semifinals, with the Serb completely dismantling the Spaniard to earn his spot in Sunday's final.

    This match featured Novak Djokovic playing some of his very best aggressive hard-court tennis. The Serb ran roughshod over the No. 4 seed David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. The defending champion's cause was helped along by poor play on the part of Ferrer, who donated 32 unforced errors to the Djokovic cause and hit just 11 winners in the brief match.

    Djokovic served up a conservative six aces, but Ferrer, who is known as a great returner, didn't have a whiff at a break point chance. For his part, the world No. 1 did the unlikely and converted on every one of the seven break points he earned.

    The match lasted a scant 89 minutes and ensures that Djokovic will be well-rested for his final against either Andy Murray or Roger Federer.

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It looked as if Sensei Novak gives lesson to gifted student David... In two days Novak might not be in such "terminator's" mood though

vjakov , 1/24/13 5:15 PM

I think age is catching up with Ferrer. Against lower ranked players, he still could manage, but against Nole or Rafa, they make him looks slow. I think he's affected by that QF match with Almagro, after all, he spent almost four hours in the hot sun. It's the same scenario at the FO last year, where he spent almost four hours in the QF beating Murray, and he ended up losing easily to Rafa. The score line then was exactly the same as his match today, losing in 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in 106 mins, 17 mins more than this 89 mins.

luckystar , 1/24/13 5:51 PM

This match just demonstrates the chasm that exists between the Big 4 and the rest and shows, why amongst other things, Rafa is missed so much. The draws are lopsided, it's like a table standing on 3 legs and whoever was in the half of the draw without one of the Big 4 definitely had an advantage.

I know some will rush to point out that Ferrer in now #4 but that's just on paper, everyone knows why that's the case. There is nothing pre-ordained about a Big 4 in tennis, it is there because of the gap between them and the rest so even though in the rankings Ferrer is now #4, the Big 4 are still Rafa, Roger, Nole and Muzz.

nadline , 1/24/13 6:33 PM

At least Del Potro/Berdych/Tsonga should have been in Ferrer's quarter... which could have made the SF more competitive and little balance...

RMadhu , 1/24/13 7:10 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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