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  1. Djokovic beats Nishikori 6-3 6-2 6-4
  2. Federer beats Berdych 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-4
  3. Williams beats Sharapova 6-4 6-1

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By Caroline Chapman

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That's all, folks

What's the opposite of G'day?


Make sure you come back tomorrow for more of the same. 

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Wednesday's action

We're nearing the business end of the Australian Open but we've got plenty more on offer in Wednesday's quarter-final matches.

  • Angelique Kerber v Victoria Azarenka 
  • Johanna Konta  v Zhang Shuai
  • David Ferrer v Andy Murray
  • Gaels Monfils v Milos Raonic 

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Djokovic v Federer: Round 45

Djokovic reaches his sixth Australian Open semi-final, and it's 17-time major champion Roger Federer up next on Thursday.

 "It seems like half of my career match-ups are with him. It's always a great challenge. I have so much respect for him," said Djokovic after his quarter-final win.


Djokovic into semi-finals

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"Happy Australia Day everyone! Thank you for coming to tennis," says Djokovic.

Isn't he nice?

He swiftly moves on to talking about the match...

"I know Kei very well. He's not afraid to come out and be aggressive. I needed to weather the storm and I thought I did well in the important moments.

"I didn't practice yesterday. Less is more sometimes. It's like a reset button. I've played a lot of tennis in the last few weeks."

If that's Djokovic without

Game, set and match

Djokovic 6-3 6-2 6-4 Nishikori

Djokovic does it! 

An ace for 40-0 and it's three match points to the Serb.

A looping return falls wide and it goes to 40-30.

But Nishikori runs out of steam...and it's a back-hand winner for Djokovic,


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*Djokovic 6-3 6-2 5-4 Nishikori

Nishikori isn't giving up just yet. His eighth ace of the match takes him to 30-0.

Ah, but he's faded again - he's been up and down like a yo-yo throughout - and Djokovic levels. 

A beautiful Nishikori volley makes it 40-30 and ace number nine means Djokovic will now serve for the match. 

Djokovic 6-3 6-2 5-3 Nishikori*

We're just about to pass the two-hour mark at the Rod Laver Arena.

Nishikori comes to the net and pokes past Djokovic to make it 15-15

The Serb still has something in his locker, though - a 91mph return into the bottom corner to be precise. 

He's 40-15 up and wins his service game as Nishikori can only return into the the net.

Djokovic now a game away from the semi-finals.

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Shame to see nishikori so inconsistent like this, where's the form from the first few games gone?! #bbctennis

*Djokovic 6-3 6-2 4-3 Nishikori

Nishikori smacks a sublime winner down his right-hand side and goes 40-15 up.

But as soon as Djokovic makes it 40-30, Nishikori's negative body language reappears - shoulders down, grumpy face.

A fabulous, fabulous rally now...Djokovic slices into the corner and Nishikori returns but it's just out. 

We get to our third deuce of the game, as the two continue to battle hard. 

Advantage Djokovic...second serve Nishikori...and Djokovic snatches the point.

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This seems like a nightmare set for Djokovic to get into, Nishikori is so up and down, no rhythm at all for him #bbctennis.

Djokovic 6-3 6-2 3-3 Nishikori*

Djokovic is back on serve and quickly takes a 30-0 lead.

But Nishikori returns well cross-court and it sneaks in. 30-15. 

The pair send each other back and forth across the back of the blue floor, and eventually Djokovic holds out to keep his serve.

Is Nishikori limping slightly? Looks that way.

*Djokovic 6-3 6-2 2-3 Nishikori

Djokovic is giving Nishikori a taste of his own medicine.

The Serb takes a 0-40 lead, with Nishikori's forehand going past the baseline for the umpteenth time.

Djokovic breaks again. Anyone fancy winning their own service game?

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Djokovic 6-3 6-2 1-3 Nishikori*

Nishikori has a huge bandage on his right leg. The 26-year-old doesn't look comfortable at all but he's back out on court.

And he wins the first two points on Djokovic's serve!

Make that three. It's 0-40 after a powerful forehand into the bottom corner of the court. 

He's broken Djokovic to love! Is that a magic bandage he's put on?

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*Djokovic 6-3 6-2 1-2 Nishikori

Nishikori's drop shot lets him down again and Djokovic leads 15-30.

Oh dear, the racquet's on the floor now. Nishikori is having a strop. 

Djokovic has two break points...and the Japanese hits his return into the net.

Just when he thought he was getting somewhere....

Djokovic 6-3 6-2 0-2 Nishikori*

It's not been vintage Djokovic today, if I'm honest.

The Serb hits a light return into the net to make it 15-15.

And then as he gets right into the net he tries to gently tap it over...but it's short. His coach Boris Becker lets out a weary sigh in the stands.

Break point Nishikori now, but a faithful Djokovic ace brings it back to deuce.

Bang! At last! Nishikori breaks the world number one as the Serb hits a return too low. Game on?

*Djokovic 6-3 6-2 0-1 Nishikori

Can anyone else out there say they've helped stretch out a world number one?

Well, one of the Australian Open ball-boys can. Djokovic used a little on-court helper to pull his arms back in preparation for the third set. 

It's helped by the looks of it. Djokovic has another break point. 

A shocking miss as he tries to hit cross-court and the advantage returns to Nishikori. The Japanese hits an ace to win it. 

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Djokovic takes two-set lead

Djokovic 6-3 6-2 Nishikori*

Nishikori has twice come back from two sets down to win a match...but can he do it against the world number one?

If he does, he will become the only the second Japanese man to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open. 

Jiro Satoh reached the last four at this tournament in 1932.

Remember that far back? Thought not.

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#Nishikori not going down without a fight, good exchanges with the world no1 #bbctennis

Djokovic 6-3 6-2 Nishikori*

It's set point to Djokovic.

A strong, strong serve from the Serb and Nishikori has no chance of returning. 

Now the Japanese has a mountain to climb to get back in this contest.

Djokovic 6-3 5-2 Nishikori*

Nishikori is still struggling to get his forehand returns the right side of the baseline, but finally one comes off and it earns him break point at 40-30.

Djokovic brings it straight back to deuce, but hits long himself and it's advantage Nishikori.

Now there's a bit of deuce-advantage-deuce action again. 

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*Djokovic 6-3 5-2 Nishikori

Nishikori matches Djokovic with his fifth ace of the game to lead 30-15.

The pair get going in a nice little rally and Djokovic is screeching left-to-right across court, returning like a boss, but eventually he can't race back in time to meet Nishikori's gentle return. 

The Japanese takes the game, much to his relief. 

Djokovic 6-3 5-1 Nishikori*

Djokovic takes a 30-0 lead and makes it 40-0 with his fifth ace of the match. Easy does it.

A love game ensues. Nishikori needs to wake up a bit. 

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*Djokovic 6-3 4-1 Nishikori

At times, Nishikori can hit some glorious shots. At other times, he hits some complete duffers.

He tries to jump and execute a big lob and it goes way out. And I mean way out.

Nishikori switches off again and Djokovic comes racing into the net and earns two break points with a sensational back-hand.

And he takes the game to go 4-1 up. 

Djokovic 6-3 3-1 Nishikori*

A waaaaaaahey from the crowd and a rather sunburnt spectator has caught the ball. Who doesn't love that?

Djokovic goes 40-30 up and wins the game on his second serve, as Nishikori can only skew his return horribly wide.

*Djokovic 6-3 2-1 Nishikori

Nishikori has racked up 23 unforced errors, and his forehand is not looking too pretty.

He's 0-40 down - three break points for Djokovic. 

An almighty ace from Nishikori and a duff overhead return from Djokovic and we're at deuce. 

Advantage Nishikori with another ace and eventually he holds his serve. Big sigh of relief from the large Japanese fanbase in the crowd

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Djokovic 6-3 2-0 Nishikori*

Nishikori has got a little bit of spark about him now and it's annoying Djokovic, you can tell.

The Japanese seventh seed flings himself across court and the score is back to deuce. 

Advantage Nishikori...but Djokovic brings out a huge we're back to deuce again. 

Finally Djokovic takes the game.  

Djokovic 6-3 1-0 Nishikori*

Hmmm...a double fault by Djokovic and it's 15-15, but luckily for the Serb his opponent's forehand is still all over the shop and he hits long over the baseline.

Djokovic slams a low forehand into the net and we're level again. 

But what a return from Nishikori! The Japanese flies through the air and scoops a backhand across court, and he earns his first break point. 

Djokovic brings it back to deuce, and then gets an advantage, but Nishikori draws the top seed into the net and it's deuce again. 

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*Djokovic 6-3 1-0 Nishikori

Nishikori is looking nervous. He doesn't have the big serve to match his opponent and his returns are going wide or in the net.

Djokovic has two break points. And the collapse continues as Nishikori slices wide again. 

Game Djokovic, and it's his chance to serve.

Djokovic 6-3 Nishikori*

Ooooh, a double fault from Djokovic. That's one each now in the first set.

And a poor, poor backhand from the Serb hits the net. It's 0-30. 

The world number one composes himself and, with his third ace, makes it 30-30.

A wonderful rally ensues and Nishikori hits long. It's set point.

Another review for Nishikori on the baseline. Djokovic is already walking off, he's certain it's long...and it is. Djokovic takes it.

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*Djokovic 5-3 Nishikori

Nishikori is serving to stay in the first set. His first serve hits the net. Oops.

But he gets his second in and finishes the point with a lovely, gentle back-hand cross-court.

The seventh seed does serve it out and takes a love game. That's the way to do it.

Djokovic 5-2 Nishikori*

Nishikori is still shaking his head after that last game, and Djokovic is powering on. 

The world number one comes into the net and Nishikori slams his return wide to make it 30-0. 

An ace from Djokovic bring him to eight straight points. Oh, actually, make that nine. 

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*Djokovic 4-2 Nishikori

A great drive volley from Nishikori makes it 15-0. 

It looks like it's going to a third love game...but wait...Nishikori sees two returns go into the net and it's 40-30.

And now he hits long and it's deuce. Djokovic plays a brilliant forehand which hits the line and it's the Serb's advantage. 

Double fault Nishikori. He's choked. Djokovic breaks.  

Djokovic 3-2 Nishikori*

These two don't like coming anywhere near the net. They're like crabs skulking sideways across the baseline. 

Djokovic's serve is on point, and he takes a 40-15 lead before finally coming into the net and swiping cross-court to finish the game off.

That's five games in 15 minutes. Speed demons, these two.

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*Djokovic 2-2 Nishikori

One helluva ace from Nishikori to open the third game. 

But the Japanese loses his first point on serve as Djokovic's forehand tricks him out wide. 30-15.

Nishikori challenges a call on his backhand return but it is judged to be out....just.

Has it rattled the seventh seed? Djokovic takes it to deuce, but the Serb hits a weak return into the net and and then, after slipping and sliding across court, sees his forehand go long and Nishikori takes the game.

Djokovic 2-1 Nishikori*

Back on Djokovic's serve and it's another love game. The second in a row. 

Two quick games for two quick baseline players. 

Slow down lads, I can't keep up over here.  

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*Djokovic 1-1 Nishikori

Nishikori is a big fan of the back-hand winner. The Japanese slams it down court for 15-0 and Djokovic has no chance of a return.

And as quick as you like, Nishikori takes the game to love. 

Djokovic 1-0 Nishikori*

The crowd cheer as the players come on court and boom! An opening ace from Djokovic. What a way to start.

Nishikori levels with a lovely backhand straight down the flank and it's 15-30 as Djokovic drags his return wide.

A deep breath from the Serb and he wins his service game with Nishikori putting his final shot way beyond the baseline. 

Murray and Soares progress

Britain's Jamie Murray and his new doubles partner Bruno Soares of Brazil have made it through to the semi-finals with a win over South Africa's Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram of the USA in three sets. 

The players are out

Djokovic and Nishikori are out on court having a bit of a warm-up. 

Seems to be plenty of support for the Japanese man in the crowd. Face paints, flags and everything.