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Posted at 6:34 AM ET, 01/27/2011

Roger Federer knocked out of Australian Open by Novak Djokovic

By Cindy Boren

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.

By Cindy Boren  | January 27, 2011; 6:34 AM ET
Categories:  Tennis  
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"Federer was bidding to win the one Grand Slam title that has eluded him."

Um, Federer has won the Australian Open four times.

Posted by: jonnydoe1234 | January 27, 2011 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Djokovic against Murray/Ferrer. Wow, that's a final that hundreds are sure to watch.

Posted by: randysbailin | January 27, 2011 8:21 AM | Report abuse

"Federer was bidding to win the one Grand Slam title that has eluded him."

This does not appear in the item above, which in fact states he has won there 4 times. Maybe it was in early editions.

Posted by: Sutter | January 27, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

The idea that no one will watch now that Fed and Nadal are out is the discredited "Superstar!!" theory. The idea that basketball would die without His Greatness MJ around. That golf viewership and attendence would wither because Tiger's putter did anything but wither around anyone of the opposite sex. That the Green Bay Pakers were doomed to obscurity without Bret Favre, Superhero star QB.

All nonsense.
Federer is a pleasure to watch. Same with Nadal. But anyone that knows tennis appreciates and gets get pleasure watching the brilliance of those coming up and ready to vie as equals. Murray and Djokovic. Anyone that knows tennis is in awe of certain non-superstars with special qualities - Francesca Schiavone, David Ferrer, Nickolay Davedynko, among others...

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | January 27, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Novak has been playing at a high level recently, including some awesome play at the U.S. Open, so good for him. Would be a good final against Murray, good for the sport for someone beside Nadal and Federer to win.

Posted by: adamsmorgan | January 27, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Well, I imagine a lot of us will skip the rest of the TV coverage.

Posted by: slipuvalad | January 27, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks that final match between Djokovic and Murray/Ferrer is not worthy watching is nothing but tennis ignorant and would be better to stick with a soap opera stars.

Posted by: ViktorDavid | January 27, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

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