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July 30, 2021

Australian Open 2011: Federer beats Wawrinka, will meet Djokovici for place in final

Roger Federer cruised into his eighth consecutive Australian Open semi-final and a potential showdown with Novak Djokovic after dominating his Swiss teammate Stanislas Wawrinka on Tuesday. It was a no-contest as the all-time Grand Slam champion eased to a 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 win against the misfiring Wawrinka in just 1hr 47 min on Rod Laver Arena. Federer could now take on Djokovic, who upset him in the semi-finals on the way to winning the 2008 Australian title, or Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych in Thursday’s semi-final.

Novak Djokovic powered into the Australian Open semi-finals after beating Tomas Berdych in straight-sets on Tuesday night. The third seed won 6-1 7-6 (7/5) 6-1 in two hours and 32 minutes to set up a semi-final clash with defending champion Roger Federer, who proved too strong for Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka earlier.

Djokovic was 4-1 down in the second set but hit back to take it to the breaker which he won to break Berdych’s spirit.

The first and third were more straightforward. Djokovic broke for a 2-1 lead early on and then again for 5-1 as the Czech struggled to find his range. But, after saving two break points early in the second, Berdych started to fire. He established a 4-1 lead and seemed to be on his way to levelling it up. But Djokovic hit back to cancel out the break and, with the roof now closed due to the threat of showers, it went to the breaker.

‘In a lot of the points I was trying to change the pace because when he is in his comfort zone he is a very dangerous player,’ said Djokovic.

caroline wozniacki digs deep to overcome francesca schiavone, will meet li na in semi-finals
World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki hit back from a set down to finally break the resolve of Francesca Schiavone and move into the Australian Open semi-finals.

Schiavone, who needed four hours and 44 minutes to squeeze past Svetlana Kuznetsova in the longest women’s match in grand slam history during the previous round, fought valiantly but ran out of gas after a fine start to go down 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Credit to Wozniacki. A set and a break down, it would have been easy for her to start doubting herself and give in to those who have questioned her ability to win a major, despite rising to the top of the world rankings. But she kept her composure and waited for Schiavone to tire, which she inevitably did. The top seed goes on to a meeting with Li Na, who ended the run of Andrea Petkovic earlier.

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