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Tennis: Federer joins Nadal on sideline at Australian Open

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By Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — First Rafael Nadal, now Roger Federer.

Federer, the 16-time Grand Slam winner, was knocked out of the Australian Open 7-6 (3), 7-5, 6-4 Thursday by 2008 champion Novak Djokovic.

Nadal was aiming for his fourth straight Grand Slam win and Federer was going for his fifth Australian title. Instead, Nadal was eliminated by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer and Federer is heading home.

Djokovic will face Andy Murray or Ferrer in the final — they play on Friday.

"I'm looking forward to watching that match tomorrow from my bed with some popcorn," Djokovic said. "David played a fantastic match against Rafa even though Rafa was struggling obviously with injuries.

"They are in top shape. Andy has been in top shape on this court. It's a Grand Slam final, anything can happen. I believe in myself."

Earlier Thursday, Li Na and Kim Clijsters advanced to women's final on Saturday.

Li became the first Chinese woman to advance to a singles final at a major, fending off a match point in the second set for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki.

Clijsters, advancing to her eighth major final, beat No. 2 Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-3.


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