Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer showed his class after falling short in the Australian Open semifinal as he spoke extremely highly of world No. 2 Novak Djokovic. Federer, a six-time Australian Open champion, missed out on his huge first set chances and paid the price for it as the second-seeded Serb won 7-6 (1) 6-4 6-3.
The Swiss failed to convert any of his three break point chances for a 5-1 double break first set lead, before he missed out on a chance to serve out for the opener in the ninth game. After dominating the first set tie-break, Djokovic claimed one break in each of the following two sets and never dropped his serve to get the job done in three sets.
"He (Djokovic) is a great, great player. We know that. He makes you hit balls. He serves well, he returns well, he moves well. He’s mentally very tough. There’s so many things that can cover a problem, if there were one," Federer told reporters after losing to Djokovic, Per Metro UK.