Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates defeating David Ferrer of Spain in their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in MelbourneReuters

It was not the win but the manner in which Novak Djokovic defeated David Ferrer in the semi-final to enter Australian Open final that would surprise many.

The Serbian world number one defeated the Spanish fourth seed in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday to set a title clash with the winner of the second semi-final - Roger Federer or Andy Murray - in the final on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating David Ferrer in the Australian Open semi-final.
Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating David Ferrer in the Australian Open semi-final.

Djokovic said after the win against Ferrer that it was one of his best matches in his career and that he played incredible.

"I have a great feeling about myself on the court at this moment," Reuters quoted him as saying. "Now I have two days off before the finals which gives me enough time to get ready and recover for the finals."

Novak Djokovic of Serbia speaks with David Ferrer of Spain after defeating him in their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Novak Djokovic of Serbia speaks with David Ferrer of Spain after defeating him in their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

In women's singles, Li Na of China entered the Australian Open final by defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia, who is currently ranked world number 2.

Li Na of China celebrates defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their women's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Li Na of China celebrates defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their women's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

The 30-year-old Chinese, who became the first player from China to win a Grand Slam in singles by winning 2011 French Open, defeated the much-favoured Russian 6-2, 6-2 in the semi-final.

Li Na of China shakes hands with Maria Sharapova of Russia after defeating her in their women's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Li Na of China shakes hands with Maria Sharapova of Russia after defeating her in their women's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

In the semi-final match, defending champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Sloane Stephens of America 6-1, 6-4 in a controversial match. The Belarusian was criticized for taking a long medical timeout after failing to convert five match points in the semi final match against the American teenager who beat Serena Williams on Wednesday.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates defeating Sloane Stephens of the U.S. during their women's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates defeating Sloane Stephens of the U.S. during their women's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

However, 23-year-old 2012 Australian Open winner said that she was having problem due to a rib injury.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus receives medical treatment during a break in her women's singles semi-final match against Sloane Stephens of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus receives medical treatment during a break in her women's singles semi-final match against Sloane Stephens of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

"I'm telling you what happened right now honestly, that my back was bothering me," Azarenka told Reuters. "It took me too long of a time to call the trainer, which was my mistake. I took it to the point where I couldn't breathe, which was (caused by) my back problem, and I couldn't really figure out what was going on on the court. I was really panicking, not because I couldn't convert my match point. That's not the case."

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus shakes hands with Sloane Stephens of the U.S. after defeating her in their women's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus shakes hands with Sloane Stephens of the U.S. after defeating her in their women's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

Azarenka will play Li Na in the final.

(With Inputs from Reuters)