Found January 24, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
James Crabtree is currently in Melbourne Park covering the Australian Open for Tennis Grandstand and is giving you all the scoop directly from the grounds. Novak Djokovic reaches the men’s final at the 2013 Australian Open By James Crabtree MELBOURNE — The game started as expected, with baseline to baseline rallies. We all got comfy and settled in for what we thought would be a long night, or at least a tough four sets like their last encounter at the 2012 U.S. Open. At two games apiece Novak Djokovic upped the pressure choosing not to inform David Ferrer, who was still in rally mode. With Djokovic taking just one step forward, suddenly the heavy topspin balls Ferrer was playing were landing right in Djokovic’s preferred hitting zone, ultimately turning a defensive swing into an offensive punch. Djokovic broke to go 3-2 up and we knew at that point that the set was over. What we didn’t realize was how easy the next few games would be and how the end result had been pretty much decid...
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