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Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer in Straight Sets to Reach Eighth Australian Open Final as he aims his 17th Grand Slam

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Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in straight sets to reach eighth Australian Open final as he aims his 17th Grand Slam (Photos)

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is on course to retain his Australian Open crown after eliminating his arch-rival Roger Federer from the semi-finals.

The Serbian superstar defeated his Swiss opponent 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 18 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena on Thursday to reach his eighth Australian Open final.

Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in straight sets to reach eighth Australian Open final as he aims his 17th Grand Slam (Photos)

‘It could have gone a different way, he started off really well,’ said Djokovic. ‘ I was pretty nervous at the beginning. Respect to Roger for coming out tonight, he was obviously hurt and wasn’t at his best in terms of his movement.

Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in straight sets to reach eighth Australian Open final as he aims his 17th Grand Slam (Photos)

‘It was probably not the best mindset from me at the beginning of the match. I was looking at how he was moving. I dug my way back and it was important to win the first set. I relaxed a bit after that. ‘

Novak Djokovic will face either Dominic Thiem or Alex Zverev in Sunday’s final.

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Striker Suarez departs Barcelona for Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of striker Luis Suarez from La Liga rivals Barcelona.

The 33 year old Uruguay international signed a two-year contract with the club on Friday after passing his medical.

The 33-year-old joined Barca from Liverpool in 2014, winning the Champions League title in his first season in Spain.

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Zidane’s son Enzo set to join African giants Wydad Casablanca

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The 25-year-old midfielder looks poised continue his development with the Stade Mohammed V outfit
Enzo Zidane, the eldest son of Real Madrid legend and manager Zinedine Zidane, is hoping to join Botola Pro 1 side Wydad Casablanca, according to his agent Roberto Carlos.

The midfielder played for Juventus, Liceo Frances, San Jose before joining the Blancos youth team in 2004 and spent 10 years in the academy.

Zidane featured for Real Madrid teams C and B, before he made his first-team debut in 2016 in a Copa del Rey clash against Cultural Leonesa.

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‘We have just 13 players fit!’ – Guardiola ready to use Man City’s academy players

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The Spanish coach admits the club are short on numbers and he his eager to tap into their talented youth system

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has declared the club only have 13 fit players as he looks to giving their academy players a chance to step up.

A youthful City side beat Bournemouth 2-1 on Thursday in the Carabao Cup with 17-year-old Liam Delap opening the scoring on debut.

Phil Foden set up the opener for Guardiola’s side before sealing the game with a goal of his own in the 75th minute.

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