World No. 1 Novak Djokovic advanced to his fourth Australian Open final with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 thrashing of Spain's David Ferrer that was every bit as lopsided as the score would indicate.
The Serbian was in blistering form throughout Thursday night's semifinal contest, sending one missile after another to the corners in an awe-inspiring display of aggression and control that completely overwhelmed the speedy world No. 5.
Ferrer knew going in that his only chance was to prolong the match as much as possible but Djokovic was simply in no mood to cooperate, racing through his service games without facing a single break point and breaking Ferrer's serve seven times.
The contest was mercifully over in an hour and a half for the Spaniard, who despite the shellacking will see his ranking rise Monday to No. 4.
Djokovic said in the post-match press conference that his outstanding play "can only do positive things" for his confidence.
"Definitely at this stage of a tournament, playing semifinals against (Ferrer), somebody that I have respect for, great competitor, and being able to perform as well as I did, it's incredible," he said.
The Serbian will be seeking a record-tying fourth Australian Open title and third championship in a row in Melbourne on Sunday, when he will square off against the winner of Friday night's second men's semifinal between world No. 2 Roger Federer of Switzerland and world No. 3 Andy Murray of Scotland.
Federer will be looking to reach a record sixth Australian Open final, while Murray will be gunning for his third final at the year's first Grand Slam event.
The Swiss great and American Andre Agassi share the record for most titles in Melbourne with four. EFE