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Defending champion Novak Djokovic produced one of the best performances of his career on Thursday as he destroyed fourth seed David Ferrer to reach the Australian Open final.
The Serbian world No 1 was simply on a different level to the Spaniard, reeling off a staggering 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory in just 1 hr, 29 min.
Djokovic will now be considered the raging favorite to win his fourth Australian title in Sunday's decider against either Roger Federer or Andy Murray, who play their semifinal on Friday.
Djokovic was in irresistible form, breaking the hapless Ferrer's serve seven times and hitting 30 winners with just 16 unforced errors in an awesome display.
The sizzling Serb won 91 percent of his first serve points, did not face a break point and won 85 of the match's points to Ferrer's 41.
"I played incredible tennis and I felt very comfortable and very confident from the start," Djokovic said. "I wanted to be aggressive on the court but this is definitely one of the best performances I've ever had in my career."
The manner of Djokovic's mauling of Ferrer, set to become the new world No 4 after Rafael Nadal's injury absence, underlined the gulf between the 'Big Four' - Djokovic, Federer, Murray and Nadal - and the rest.
"David is experiencing the best time in his career in the last few years, he won 11 titles last year, but tonight I just played incredible," Djokovic said.
(China Daily 01/25/2013 page24)