Bryan Armen Graham
Thursday January 27th, 2011

Novak Djokovic (above) handed Roger Federer his first straight-sets loss in a major since the 2008 Aussie Open semis, also against Djokovic. (AP)

Thursday's weather: Sunny, high of 79 degrees.

What Happened?

Federer joins Nadal on sidelines. Novak Djokovic won 7-6(3), 7-5, 6-4 over Roger Federer in the first men's semifinal. For the first time since 2003, Federer will not hold any of the four Grand Slam titles. It also ensures the first time in 12 major tournaments that the final won't involve Federer or Rafael Nadal. (Watch the extended highlights here.)

Li takes down top-seeded Wozniacki. Ninth-seeded Li Na rallied for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki to become the first-ever Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam final. (And she slayed in her on-court interview.)

Clijsters defeats Zvonareva. Kim Clijsters won 6-3, 6-3 over Vera Zvonareva to advance into the final against Li on Saturday (3:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2). The third-seeded Belgium is a three-time U.S. Open champion, but is still looking for her first major title off American soil.

Oz Clicks

The Telegraph says Federer's loss is Andy Murray's gain ... J.D. Salinger was a Tim Henman fan (!) ... The Wall Street Journal on David Ferrer's elite return game ... Svetlana Kuznetsova tried her hand at other sports in Melbourne ... the iPad was a winner at this year's Open ... National Public Radio with an interesting piece on tennis court "dead spots" like the ones on Hisense Arena last week.

Photo of the Day

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer embrace after Thursday's men's semifinal at Rod Laver Arena (from SI.com's Best Shots from Day 11 at the Australian Open).

Go Figure

10 ... Number of winners hit by Wozniacki in Thursday's semifinal loss, compared to 42 from Li Na.

12-0 ... Record of Li in 2011 after her semifinal victory over Wozniacki.

74 ... Years since a British player last won a Grand Slam title, when Fred Perry won the 1936 U.S. National Championships. Scotland's Andy Murray is two victories away from snapping the streak.

Must-See Video

Federer at his post-match press conference: "It's not the end in any way."

What's Happening Today

ESPN2 will carry the second men's semifinal between No. 7 David Ferrer and No. 5 Andy Murray at 3:30 a.m. ET. (Clip and save the complete TV schedule.)

Earlier (at 11 p.m. ET), Tennis Channel will have live coverage of the women's doubles final between the top-ranked team of Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta and the 12th-seeded pair of Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko.

The complete order of play for Day 12 can be found here.

They Said It

"Prize money."

--Li Na, when asked during her on-court interview what motivated her comeback

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703555804576102283797315612.htmlA

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