Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 27th 2016 Contents MEN'S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS
No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. No. 7 Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-
No. 3 Roger Federer def. No. 6 Tomas Berdych 7-6
(4), 6-2, 6-4.
WOMEN'S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS
No. 1 Serena Williams def. No. 5 Maria Sharapova
No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska def. No. 10 Carla
Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3.
STAT OF THE DAY: 18 --- number of consecutive
match victories by Williams over Sharapova.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "She's at a different level.
She makes you go back to the drawing board, not
just for me, but for many other players" ---
Sharapova on Williams.
ON COURT TODAY
No. 2. Andy Murray vs No. 8 David Ferrer,
No. 13 Milos Raonic vs No. 23 Gael Monfils
No. 7 Angelique Kerber vs No. 14 Victoria
Johanna Konta vs Zhang Shuai.
MELBOURNE---Serena Williams has never lost
in the semifinals of the Australian Open. Neither
has Novak Djokovic.
A key difference between the defending champions
is that Williams beat the most-experienced and high-
est-ranked challenger in her half of the draw when
she extended her streak to 18 consecutive wins against
Maria Sharapova with a 6-4, 6-1 quarterfinal victory
Williams said she wasn t aware that she had won
the Australian Open all six previous times she won
her quarterfinal match, "but that s good."
"It s not a stat that s set in stone," Williams said.
"I still have to win two matches."
Five-time champion Djokovic, after beating No. 7
Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, still has a daunting
semifinal match against Roger Federer, who has won
four of his 17 Grand Slam titles in Australia.
Federer reached his 12th Australian Open semifinal,
and 39th in a Grand Slam event, with a 7-6 (4), 6-
2, 6-4 win over No. 6 Tomas Berdych. He hasn t
gone past the semifinals at Melbourne Park since
winning the title in 2010, but he s a serious obstacle
They re 22-all in career head-to-heads, with
Djokovic catching up since usurping Federer in the
The tiebreaker will be tricky. Djokovic lost only
one of his 28 Grand Slam matches in 2015 --- to Stan
Wawrinka in the French Open final --- and has won
37 of his last 38 matches at Melbourne Park, a run
that includes four titles.
He beat Federer in the Wimbledon and US Open
finals last year, but Federer was back contending for
"Any round feels like finals because of the fact
that we are, you know, big rivals, we played so many
times against each other," Djokovic said. "There s a
lot of tension. There s a lot at stake. I m expecting
a great fight in two days."
In the women s semifinals, Williams will be facing
fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat No.
10 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3. Radwanska has
won one of her previous four semifinals at a major,
but never won a Grand Slam title.
Williams is 8-0 against Radwanska, including their
meeting in the 2012 Wimbledon final.
Williams said she couldn t explain her 11-year
domination of Sharapova --- she has won 19 of their
21 meetings overall --- except to say she rises to the
"When I play her, I know automatically I have to
step up my game," said Williams, a 21-time major
winner. "I think that makes me play better."
Federer also has some inspiration in his next match
against Djokovic, namely the recent losses.
The 34-year-old Federer used a full array of shots,
including some vintage backhands, in his 48 winners
to avenge losses to Berdych at Wimbledon in 2010
and the 2012 US Open.
"Tomas has caused me a lot of problems over the
years," said Federer, who improved to 16-6 against
Berdych. "He s one of those guys who make you a
better player, he s beaten me on the biggest courts
around the world." (AP)
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS
...as Djokovic, Federer meet in semis
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates a point win against Tomas Berdych of
the Czech Republic during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis
championships in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
AT A GLANCE
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