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German Florian Mayer had his chances against Novak Djokovic early on, but the German could not capitalize on them as the defending champion kicked into top gear, after a relatively subdued start from the Serb. He won 6-4,6-1,6-4 and will now meet 6 time champion Roger Federer in the semifinal.
In an intriguing fist set, Novak Djokovic was surprisingly broken early by the German in the fifth game. Never one to back down from a challenge, Djokovic fought back immediately in the very next game to get back on level terms. There was a short rain delay soon after, which broke the Serb's momentum, and Mayer came out of the break to win 5 points in a row. What that meant was, Mayer had three break point opportunities to take the lead once, more. It was here, when Djokovic turned the set around by winning 5 points in a row himself to hold on. In the next service game, Mayer up 40-15, made an error which gave the Serb a chance to get into that game and close out the set, winning 6-4. The wrnner count for Djokovic in that set was at 13 and he finished out the set in just 40 mins.
The second set started with both players holding their serves comfortably. But even with Mayer's hold of serve, one thing was evident was that Djokovic was up a gear. In the fourth game, Djokovic came from 30-0 down to play some unbelievable rallies. His tenacity in that game was second to none, and the the way he was striking the ball was as we'd seen him strike them all tournament long. He broke the German's serve once again in the sixth game to take an unassailable 5-1 lead. He then held serve to win the set 6-1. It really was vintage Novak Djokovic in that set as he smashed 15 winners and smashed just two errors in the set.
The third was a much better performance from the man from Germany, as all the pressure the World No.1 put on him, he displaced with a lot of hard work and some fantastic stroke making. The first break point of the set came in the seventh game on the Mayer serve, but he saved it magnificently and closed it out. He then himself had an opportunity to break, but as always Djokovic just rocketed the moment he was put under pressure. He saved that and broke Mayer in the very next game to get an opportunity to serve for the match.
Nole smashed 50 winners and made just 20 unforced errors in the match.
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