How to watch Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic, Australian Open 2020

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Novak Djokovic crushed 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer on Thursday to sweep into a record eighth Australian Open final and move closer to his 17th Grand Slam crown.

Federer astounded both the crowd and Djokovic by going 5-2 up in the first set before he was clawed back in by the seven-time Australian Open champion.

Roger Federer says it was "horrible" to play his match with Novak Djokovic knowing he had just a three per cent chance of winning.

The Swiss legend thinks he's capable of adding two more major titles to his record-breaking trophy cabinet and is determined on returning to Melbourne Park next year.

Federer was up 4-1 and 40-0 on Djokovic's serve but the Serb managed to save all three breakpoints to win his first service game as his opponent made an array of unforced errors.

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Federer had sustained a groin injury and left the court to have it treated again after eventually dropping the opening set to Djokovic in a tiebreak.

Still, as Djokovic started slowly focusing on Federer rather than himself, the 38-year-old had some hope.

"I think everyone knows about it", she said.

"Once in the match, I felt like I was probably going to be able to finish, which was a good thing. We did talk about it with the team but it never went there which is good - you're playing careful obviously". "And in between, it's one to forget, because you know you have a 3 percent chance to win".

"It's frustrating, but I don't think I would have gone on court if I felt I had no chance to win".

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"You never know what the future holds particularly at my age", he said.

"At the end of the day, I'm very happy".

Federer saved more break points to force a tie-break but by now Djokovic had stopped missing and was finding some fine offensive shots of his own. The 32-year-old had cryptically revealed after his quarter-final victory over Milos Raonic that there was more bothering him than simply the contact lens problems he experienced, with speculation about a stomach issue.

The next opportunity to gain that 21st title will be at Roland Garros in May, after he confirmed at the end of a year ago that he will be playing all four Grand Slams and the Olympics in Tokyo during his 2020 season.

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