Djokovic marches to Aussie Open final

NOVAK DJOKOVIC dominated David Ferrer of Spain in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-2, 61, to install himself as an overwhelming favorite to win a third straight Australian Open title.

The Serbian world number one needed only 89 minutes in Rod Laver Arena to race into Sunday’s final against either Roger Federer or Andy Murray.

“This was definitely one of the best matches of my career,” he said. “Tonight I just played incredible.”

China’s Li Na also posted an impressive 6-2 6-2 win over 2008 champion Maria Sharapova of Russia, but it was the second women’s semifinal that provided the main talking point of the day.

Defending champion Victoria Azarenka was a worthy 6-1 6-4 winner over American teenager Sloane Stephens, but the Belarusian drew the ire of many when she took a lengthy medical timeout after failing to convert five match points. Noli Cruz

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