Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 22nd 2014 Contents when Murray and Federer go head-to-
head. That leaves all the major winners on
one side of the draw.
Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon finalist, reached
his first Australian Open semifinal --- completing
a full set at that level in the majors --- when he
beat David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. No 3-seeded
Ferrer was clearly frustrated at times, yelling at himself
after points and bumping into a line judge after breaking
Berdych in the sixth game of the third set.
The 31-year-old Spaniard said it was an accident
in a "nervous moment," as he went for his towel,
saying "It was nothing ... I say to him excuse me after
He could face a sanction for coming into contact with
a match official.
On the women s side, 19-year-old Canadian Eugenie
Bouchard reached the semifinals in her first trip to the Australian
Open, beating Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 to set up a showdown
with two-time finalist Li Na.
"It s something I ve been doing since I was five years old and
working my whole life for and sacrificing a lot of things for,
so it s not exactly a surprise," Bouchard said of her win over
Ivanovic, who upset top-ranked Serena Williams in the fourth
round. "I always expect myself to do well. "
Bouchard s run as the first Canadian into the Australian
Open semifinalists means two-time finalist Li, who beat Flavia
Pennetta 6-2, 6-2, will have to face a teenager for the third
time in the tournament. (AP)
MELBOURNE---Novak Djokovic s bid for a
fourth consecutive Australian Open title
ended in a dramatic five-set quarterfinal
loss to Stanislas Wawrinka, potentially leav-
ing the door ajar for a new major champi-
on.No 8-seeded Wawrinka lost 14 head-to-
heads to Djokovic until a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6,
9-7 win yesterday put him into a semifinal
against No 7 Tomas Berdych. That means there ll
be at least one finalist in Australia who has never
won a Grand Slam title.
Djokovic held off Wawrinka 12-10 in the fifth
set in a five-hour, two-minute fourth-rounder last
year --- the longest Grand Slam match of the season
--- en route to his third straight Australian title. He
also edged Wawrinka in five sets in the US Open
This time, it was Wawrinka s turn.
"I don t want to lose every time in five sets against
Novak. I had to find solution," Wawrinka said. "I had to
fight within myself to fight against him and try to keep my
line during the game. That s mean being really aggressive.
"Last year I took a lot of confidence with those match with
Novak ... I came on the court with a lot of confidence in
myself, knowing that if I play my best game, I always have
a chance against him. "
This one took exactly four hours and featured some stunning
rallies, with both players openly showing amazement at some
of the shots coming back from the other side of the net. And just
to add to the drama, there was a five-minute rain delay with
Wawrinka serving at 5-5 in the fifth.
Djokovic had to constantly serve to stay in the match after an
early exchange of breaks in the fifth set, and the pressure finally told.
After all the superb shot making, it was a mis-hit from Wawrinka
that set up match point. Djokovic chased the floating service return to
the net but skewed his cross-court drop shot wide. He then missed a
volley on match point, ending a run of 28 consecutive wins dating back
to his US Open final defeat to Rafael Nadal.
"He took his opportunities. He deserved his big win today," Djokovic
said. "It was a tough battle mentally, physically, emotionally obviously.
This is what happens when you play a top player on this stage, when you
go the distance in the fifth.
"He showed his mental strength and he deserved to win --- the only
thing I can say is congratulations."
Djokovic hadn t lost at Melbourne Park since 2010, when he went
down to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals, and has been unquestionably
the best player on Rod Laver Arena since 2011.
With his winning streak and his new coach, Boris Becker, he was installed
as the tournament favorite immediately after the draw, when he landed
on the opposite side to top-ranked Nadal, Wimbledon champion Andy
Murray and 17-time major winner Roger Federer. Nadal plays 22-
year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals today,
MELBOURNE---A look at the ninth day
of the Australian Open tennis champi-
WEATHER: Mostly sunny, high of 23
Celsius (73 Fahrenheit).
ATTENDANCE: Day session: 22,649;
Night: 16,236; TOTAL: 38,885.
QUARTERFINAL WINNERS: Men:
No 7 Tomas Berdych, No 8 Stanislas
Wawrinka; Women: No 4 Li Na, No 30 Eu-
QUARTERFINAL LOSERS: Men: No 2
Novak Djokovic, No 3 David Ferrer;
Women: No 14 Ana Ivanovic, No 28 Flavia
STAT OF THE DAY: 5 --- finally,
Wawrinka beats Djokovic in a five-set
QUOTE OF THE
DAY: "It wasn't to
be this time" ---
after his bid for a fourth consecutive title
PLAYING TODAY: Remaining quarter-
finals: No 1 Rafael Nadal vs No 22 Grigor
Dimitrov, No 4 Andy Murray vs No 6
Roger Federer; No 2 Victoria Azarenka vs
No 5 Agnieszka Radwanska, No 11 Si-
mona Halep vs No 20 Dominika Cibulkova.
TODAY'S FORECAST: possible early
showers, high of 25 C (77 F).
Australian Open at a glance
MELBOURNE---It was a tense
moment, according to David Fer-
rer. That s why he shoved the line
"It was nothing," the No 3-ranked
The incident occurred during Fer-
rer s quarterfinal loss to Thomas
Berdych at the Australian Open yes-
terday. The Spaniard was two sets
down and had just broken Berdych
in the third set to take a 4-2 lead.
Ferrer wiped his face with a towel
and wanted to toss it in a courtside
chair, but a line judge was in the
way. So he pushed him, causing the
man to stumble a few steps to the
side. A reaction from the crowd
prompted Ferrer to shrug his shoul-
ders as he walked to the service
"It was a nervous moment, but
nothing," Ferrer said, after losing
the match 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. "I
said, Excuse me, to him after that.
It wasn t the first time Ferrer has
drawn criticism for pushing a line
judge. A similar incident happened
during a 2012 US Open match
against Lleyton Hewitt.
In 2011, Ferrer got annoyed when
a baby was crying in the stands
during his quarterfinal match at the
Sony Ericsson Open. After losing
his serve, he hit a forehand lob in
the direction of the crying infant,
though the ball didn t come close.
A two-time semifinalist in Mel-
bourne, Ferrer said he doubted he
would be penalised for the shove.
The 2014 Grand Slam Rule states
that "players shall not at any time
physically abuse any official, oppo-
nent, spectator or other person
within the precincts of the tour-
nament site. Violators can face a
fine of up to US$20,000.
NEW TENNIS LEAGUE:
A lucrative new mixed teams ten-
nis league is coming to Asia to help
grow the sport in some of the
region s most financially booming,
The International Premier Tennis
League, co-founded by Boris Becker,
will hold its inaugural season during
the offseason for the ATP and WTA
tours from late November to late
December, organizers said yesterday
at the Australian Open.
The structure of the league will
be similar to the World TeamTennis
league held every July in the United
States, which has attracted players
like the Williams sisters, Martina
Navratilova, Andy Roddick and John
McEnroe over the years.
The IPTL will have five teams
initially based in Singapore, Kuala
Lumpur, Mumbai, Bangkok and a
Middle Eastern city yet to be deter-
mined, with the goal of expanding
the league to 10 teams by 2020.
Each team will include a mix of
current professional men s and
women s players, as well as retired
players, and will have a $10 million
salary cap. A draft will be held on
March 2 in Dubai to set the teams.
"I d say the majority will be
known players," said Australian vet-
eran Lleyton Hewitt, who said he ll
be among those playing this year.
"They re the players that people
want to go out and see obviously."
Ferrer shoves line judge
Djokovic upset by Wawrinka in Aussie quarters
Djokovic upset by Wawrinka in Aussie quarters
Stanislas Wawrinka of
after defeating Novak
Djokovic of Serbia in
their quarterfinal at the
Australian Open tennis
2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6,
9-7 . AP PHOTO
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