Day 9 at the Australian open started early for me, woke up at 04.30 in the Netherlands to see Federer take on Berdych and it was uite a good match, both players had a lot of zip on their shots, guess that has something to do with playing during the day. It will be very difficult for Federer when he takes on Djokovic, haven’t seen much of Djokovic vs Nishikori because I had to work, but stil think Djokovic will be the favorite. Maria Sharapova wasn’t able to beat Serena Williams once again, still surprised that a multiple grand slam winner is without a win for 12 years. On this page you’ll find a summary of the Australian open day 9 and also links to the most important articles on the website of the Australian open.
Djokovic cruises into semi-final
Novak Djokovic rolled into the semi-final -to face Roger Federer- after dismantling Kei Nishikori. Lightning rarely strikes Novak Djokovic twice and one match removed from the unedifying spectacle of his century of errors against Gilles Simon, the defending Australian open champion put Kei Nishikori to the sword 6-3 6-2 6-4 to reach the semifinals for the sixth time in Melbourne. A tie-breaking 45th showdown with Roger Federer awaits on thursday, with both men laying claim to 22 wins apiece. Federer, the no.3 seed, arguably represents the toughest test of Djokovic’s mettle in his quest for the sixth Australian open title that would draw him level with Roy Emerson as the most decorated men in tournament history. But history itself is on the Serb’s side. Five times Djokovic has reached the final four at Melbourne park; on each occasion, he has gone on to win the title.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Djokovic back to business)
Federer takes express route past Berdych
Roger Federer is into the semi-final at Melbourne park again after a straight-sets win over no.6 seed Tomas Berdych. After a career spanning 19 seasons that has reaped a record 17 major titles, the pursuit of further grand slam glory still drives four-time Australian open champion Roger Federer. The 34-year-old produced a majestic performance to dismiss the challenge of sixth seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets at Rod Laver arena, 7-6 6-2 6-4. Federer continues to rewrite the record books after reaching his 12th Melbourne semi-final in 13 years with his 80th victory at the Australian open. The no.3 seed at this year’s tournament felt his form was capable of securing another grand slam, despite a drought of three-and-a-half years since the most recent of his 17 majors at Wimbledon 2012.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Federer back in the semi-final at the Australian open day 9)
Serena simply too strong for Maria
Defending champion Serena Williams overpowered Maria Sharapova in straight sets to book a semi-final against Agnieszka Radwanska. The six-time Australian open champion struggled early on against Sharapova before stamping her authority in the second set to extend her lopsided head-to-head record against the Russian to 19-2. In a worrying omen for the contenders still standing between the 34-year-old and a 22nd grand slam title, in each of the six times Williams has won her Australian open quarterfinal she has gone all the way to the title. And of the three previous times she has faced Sharapova in a tour quarterfinal she has also gone on to claim the title.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Williams closes in on 22nd grand slam title )
Radwanska rolls into semis
Agnieska Radwanska comfortably eased past no.10 seed Carla Suarez Navarro to book a place in the semifinals. Radwanska continued her unbeaten start to 2016 to surge into the semifinals of the Australian open for the second time. The no.4 seed was in command from the get-go at Melbourne park against a perplexed Carla Suarez Navarro. The duo had to recover from gruelling fourth round comebacks but it was evident Radwanska, who warmed up for the Australian open by claiming the Shenzhen title, was more comfortable in the heat at Rod Laver arena.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Radwanska into second semi-final)
Preview of day 10… two words Andy Murray!!!!!
Author: Vincent Bons (© website Australian open) // Photography: Getty Images Sport
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