Melbourne - Serb world No 1 Novak Djokovic
blasted Canada's Milos Raonic in straight sets to make his fifth
Australian Open semi-final on Wednesday.
The top seed was in
brilliant form in dishing out a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2 hammering of the
world number eight in two hours and will face defending champion Stan
Wawrinka for a place in Sunday's final.
Swiss fourth seed Wawrinka
upset Djokovic in last year's quarter-finals on the way to winning the
Australian Open for his first major title.
This year Djokovic
looks the player to beat and was in outstanding touch on Rod Laver
Arena, hitting 33 winners and just 17 unforced errors, with three
service breaks and winning 89 percent of his first serves.
It will be his 25th Grand Slam semi-final on Friday.
one of the biggest servers in men's tennis, could not get one break
point on Djokovic's serve, with the Serb now dropping only one service
game in the tournament.
"It was a great performance tonight. I
returned very well and tried to get as many of the balls back in play
and I felt I had a good chance from the back of the court," Djokovic
"Some games I just had to let it go and wait for the opportunities and when they were presented try to use them.
"I served very well and overall it was a great match against one of the up and coming rising stars."
has yet to beat the world number one in five encounters and went into
the match with the most aces in the tournament, but could only manage
15, well down on the 25 he had been averaging in his earlier four
Djokovic, who is chasing a fifth Australian title and
eighth Grand Slam, had few problems with the big-serving Canadian and
had break points in two service games before he claimed the opening set
in a tiebreaker in 56 minutes.
Raonic could not lay a glove on the world number one, who pounced with a service break in the opening game of the second set.
The top seed cracked Raonic's serve twice in the final set to cruise to the finish line.
Collated results from day 10 of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Wednesday:
Stan Wawrinka (SUI x4) bt Kei Nishikori (JPN x5) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6)
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x8) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2
Madison Keys (USA) bt Venus Williams (USA x18) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x11) 6-2, 6-2
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)/Lucie Safarova (CZE) bt Julia Goerges/Anna-Lena Groenfeld (GER x16) 6-0, retired
Chan Yung-Jan (TPE)/Zheng Jie (CHN x14) bt Michaella Krajicek (NED)/Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE x13) 6-3, 6-2
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)/Horia Tecau (ROU x6) bt Dominic Inglot (GBR)/Florin Mergea (ROU x14) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)
Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU)/David Marrero (ESP) 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5)