Djokovic, Serena in Aussie Open finals

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Novak Djokovic called it the best he has ever played against old foe Roger Federer. Serena Williams was just being her dominant self.The defending champions both made their way back to the Australian Open final, with Djokovic beating Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and Williams defeating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 yesterday.”I’ve had matches where I’ve played similar tennis,” said Djokovic, the top-ranked player in the world. “But I think against Roger, these first two sets have been probably the best two sets I’ve played against him overall throughout my career.”Hours earlier at Rod Laver Arena, Williams advanced to within one win of another Grand Slam milestone. If the six-time Australian Open champion wins tomorrow’s final against seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber, she will equal Steffi Graf’s 22 major singles titles, a record in the Open era and the second-most in history behind Margaret Court’s 24.”I was able to do everything that I needed to do,” Williams said of yesterday’s match. “I was really hitting just all the right shots, making little to no errors, which is kind of hard to play like that.”Djokovic, a five-time champion at the Australian Open, advanced to his sixth final at Melbourne Park.For Federer, the signs were ominous from the beginning. Djokovic held his first service game at love and broke the 17-time Grand Slam champion in the second. After seven minutes, Federer was trailing 3-0.In the first semi-final match, Kerber ended Sydney-born British player Johanna Konta’s surprising run with a 7-5, 6-2 win to reach her first Grand Slam final. Konta was the first British woman since 1983 to reach the semi-finals at a major tournament.last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger laments Arsenal’s poor finishing in goalless draw with Southampton

first_img1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was unimpressed by his side’s ability to find the back of the net as they drew 0-0 with Southampton in the Barclays Premier League on Tuesday night.The Gunners were met by boos from frustrated fans as they saw their side unable to beat Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster, despite 11 shots on target.Wenger said: “We produced quite a good performance, especially in the second half when we created 10 goal chances.“At the end of the day we came out with no goals.“I believe the performance we wanted to produce was there, but we cannot be happy with the way we finished our chances.“I think what’s most disappointing is some players missed some chances that usually they would take.“Our finishing is very bad at the moment – we have played three (league) games now without scoring a goal. In all those three games we had chances that we didn’t take. At that level it’s important.”Arsenal were the only team in the top six of the Premier League who failed to win on Tuesday night, and Wenger was frustrated at the result because he knew his side could do better. He said: “We started slowly but in the first half, a bit nervous because we lost our last game at home but in the second half it was one-way traffic.“We still couldn’t score. We didn’t make enough of our set pieces, we didn’t take them well, we didn’t finish well.“It’s just that our finishing was very poor.“It’s maximum frustrating, when your team puts the energy in and creates the chances.“When you have no chances you come out of the game thinking ‘Okay, there was not more in it.’ When you come out and you think there was much more in the game like that (tonight), when you have our ambition of course it’s frustrating.” Laurent Koscielny missed an easy header last_img read more

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