Roger Federer knocked out of Australian Open by Novak Djokovic
Updated at 8 a.m.
Now Roger Federer goes the way of Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic beat Federer 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 6-4 in a semifinal in Melbourne, a day after Nadal also was bounced from the tournament in straight sets.
"Novak was the better player tonight, I've got to accept that and move on," Federer, the defending champion and four-time winner of the Aussie Open, said. "It's not the end, anyway. I wish I could have won here for the fifth time, but it was impossible tonight."
Djokovic, who will play either Andy Murray or David Ferrer, who beat Nadal, in the final.
"You don't know if you're feeling excited because you're one game away from a Grand Slam final [or] winning against Roger," Djokovic said when asked to describe his feelings in the final set. "You're feeling extreme pressure. I guess [it's] a little of both ... It's really one of the best matches I've played in a while."
The loss marks the first time since 2003 that Federer, the winner of 16 Grand Slam titles, has held none of them. Nadal had entered the tournament looking for his fourth consecutive Grand Slam win.
| January 27, 2011; 6:34 AM ET
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