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Summary

  1. Australian Open quarter-final: Raonic beats Monfils 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4
  2. GB's Andy Murray & Johanna Konta reach semi-finals
  3. Murray meets Raonic and Konta plays Kerber in semis
  4. Konta beats China's Zhang Shuai 6-4 6-1
  5. Murray beats Ferrer 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-3
  6. *Denotes next server

Live Reporting

By Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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It's goodbye from me...

Right, I'm off. If you want to read all about Wednesday's Australian Open action, click here.

Don't forget to set your alarms for around 04:30 GMT on Thursday for Johanna Konta v Angelique Kerber in the women's singles. 

Can Britain's newest golden girl make a Grand Slam final?

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Semi-final lowdown

Raonic beats Gael Monfils

So we have our last four in the men's singles.

World number one Novak Djokovic will play 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in the first semi-final on Thursday. Their 45th meeting is sure to be a classic.

And on Friday, Milos Raonic returns to court to play four-time finalist Andy Murray.

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Milos Raonic was absent from this particular school photo

Canada rocks

Raonic reaches semi-final

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Remember I mentioned the singing man in the crowd? Covered in Canada flags? Surprisingly, he didn't go unnoticed by Raonic.

No doubt he'll be singing even louder now that Raonic has become the first Canadian man to reach the Australian Open semi-final.

"It's an amazing feeling. Tennis is growing quickly in Canada and to be a part of that is an honour," said Raonic. 

"To hear some improvisations of the national anthem, although distracting at times, was a lot of fun."

Improvisation is a polite way of putting it... 

Raonic reaches semi-final

Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 4-6 Raonic

What was the key for Raonic?

"Perseverance, I thought. I didn't make the most in the second set but I thought as long as I kept it going, I could do it.

"I thought I played some great tennis."

Game, set and match

Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 4-6 Raonic

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The crowd are buzzing. Is Milos Raonic about to make his first Australian Open semi-final? 

Yes he is!

The pair go close to the net in a short, sharp rally...Raonic hits into the webbing. 15-15.

But the Canadian's serve overpowers Monfils. 30-15.

Raonic doesn't flinch as he earns two match points.

He's done it! With an easy cross-shot across court. 

Emotions finally pour out. He looks elated.

Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 4-5 Raonic*

Raonic seems to be conserving his energy for his own serve, as Monfils goes 40-15 ahead and wins the game with ease.

Raonic will now serve for the match and a meeting with Andy Murray. 

*Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 3-5 Raonic

Monfils out-smarts Raonic with his movement across the baseline and makes it 0-15.

A fourth double fault of the match from the Canadian follows, and it's 0-30.

But Raonic recovers with a lovely winner, full of top spin, then hits an ace right at Monfils. Ouch!

Monfils grabs a break point but it's quickly taken off him. We go to deuce.

Raonic takes the advantage as Monfils slips trying to reach for a return, and the 13th seed wins the game.

Was that the last chance for Monfils?

Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 3-4 Raonic*

Monfils has every finger on his right hand strapped up, but it's not affecting the way he serves.

Bullet of an ace down the centre and he races into a 40-15 lead. 

Another comfortable service held by the Frenchman. But he needs to break Raonic. Can he break Raonic?

*Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 2-4 Raonic

Raonic is powering home, taking a 40-0 lead. 

An ace straight down the centre, which makes a bang on its way out, gives him an easy service game. 

Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 3-2 Raonic*

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At last! A pace I can handle, it's 15-15.

Monfils does so well to defend a rocket of a forehand from Raonic, but the Canadian stings him with a beautiful backhand into the bottom corner. That's got to smart.

Monfils enters another conversation with the umpire about how many challenges he has left. Chatty, this one. 

Another terrific backhand return from Raonic and it goes from deuce to his advantage. Is this his moment?

Yes! Raonic breaks. 

*Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 2-2 Raonic

They're at it again...it's 40-0 Raonic. This time there's a decent rally, Monfils splaying his legs wide to reach a return, but he can't take the point.

Raonic finishes it off with an ace. Done.

Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 2-1 Raonic*

Guys, slow down. This is not a race (OK, maybe it is).

A third consecutive game to love, this time for Monfils, complete with a couple of aces.

Keep up, everyone. 

*Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 1-1 Raonic

Whatever Monfils can do, Raonic can do the same.

The 13th seeds steams into a 40-0 lead, and after a break to change a flat-looking tennis ball, he also takes his service game to love.

He also hit a 139 mph second serve. Woof. 

Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 1-0 Raonic*

Well, that was quick. Monfils holds his service game to love.

Oh, great. The singing man is back. He's covered in Canadian flags so I assume he's here for Raonic. He gets a warm round of applause for his efforts.

It's a no from me.

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Tennis writer Simon Cambers

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"Milos Raonic is looking very good, very confident. It's not just the big serve either - he's backing it up well, attacking every opportunity. 

"It's going to take something really special from Monfils to get back into it."

Raonic takes third set

*Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 Raonic

There's a lot of squeaking as both men shuffle and sway, pinned to the back of their respective baselines, caught in a power struggle. 

Raonic has two set points. There's no reaction on his face.  

Smash! The Canadian slams a volley and he's one set away from the semi-final. 

Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-5 Raonic*

Raonic clocks up his 13th forehand winner to take a 0-15 lead.

Monfils, on the second serve, makes it 30-30 after coming close to the net and taps over after a quick rally.

But Raonic has set point now...Monfils rescues it for deuce, and now takes the advantage.

Raonic fails to return Monfils' second serve. We go again.

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Tennis writer Simon Cambers

"While returning has previously been a weakness for Raonic, he's being very aggressive this year. He's credited his coach most of all though with improving his calmness. On and off the court."

*Monfils 3-6 6-3 2-5 Raonic

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Monfils having some 'top banter' with the umpire throughout this match. It's making the crowd laugh, and the man in the chair is taking it well.

Raonic steams into a 30-0 lead, before Monfils strikes cross-court to pull himself into the game. 

A confident finish from Raonic. A powerful forehand scuppers his opponent and the Canadian is now only one game away from taking the third set.

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Monfils is returning beautifully, stretching his whole body across the court - which, to be fair, is quite easy when you're 6ft 3ins.

Raonic levels for 30-30, but a lovely slice from the Frenchman earns him the point.

Raonic then responds with a double-handed back-hand to take it to deuce, and then earns a break point. 

A poor shot into the net from close-range takes it back to deuce...and it's now advantage Monfils. 

The Frenchman saves his service game.

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Tennis writer Simon Cambers

"Well we all knew Monfils is a good dancer but I've never seen that before."

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Monfils does an *actual* pirouette to return during a rally. Quite outstanding.

It's all in vain, though, as Raonic smacks an ace down court with aplomb to take the game.

I would happily encourage more ballet from here on in.

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We've only been going an hour and 20 minutes, and Monfils remains in a hurry. He races into a 40-0 lead and eventually holds his service game.

More strapping required on the fingers of the Frenchman. Blister central.

*Monfils 3-6 6-3 0-3 Raonic

Raonic is so close to the net it looks like he's going to fall into it. An excellent exchange of volleys and half-volleys follows and just as the Canadian looks like he's going to smash it home, he actually lobs it into the crowd and a very happy man catches it. Waaaaaahey. It's 15-15.

But the 13th seed eventually sees it out. A healthy lead for Raonic now. 

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Tennis writer Simon Cambers

"This is what Milos Raonic does. I'm hesitant to call it robotic because it sounds bad, but whatever happens on court he just does his thing; he goes back to his mark, and gets back into his own game." 

Monfils 3-6 6-3 0-2 Raonic*

There's one guy in the Rod Laver Arena who is absolutely singing his heart out at every opportunity. I mean, he sounds like a drunk uncle at a wedding, but you can't fault his effort.

Eyes back on the action, and Monfils leaps like a salmon and volleys down in spectacular fashion.

But Raonic has found his groove again. A big forehand gives him two break points. 

Monfils tries to challenge what looks to be Raonic's winner...and it's well in.

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*Monfils 3-6 6-3 0-1 Raonic

Raonic races through the opening game to take a 40-0 lead and it makes you wonder what happened to him in the second set?

Monfils snatches a point back, but it's all he can do. Raonic finishes it off. 

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Jay Houston: The longer this match goes on, the happier Andy Murray will be. Neither Monfils or Raonic would be able to out run Murray.

Monfils takes second set

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At 0-30, the umpire has to remind the crowd to be quiet. Pipe down at the back please.

But spectators oooh and ahhh at an excellent rally. Raonic gets the final shot, Monfils challenges, he's wrong. 

But Monfils earns set point in spectacular fashion! The bendy Frenchman ends up on both knees, but somehow returns. HOW? He's elastic!

And the Frenchman defies a challenge from Raonic to take the set. 

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Hello, seventh ace! Raonic looks glorious as he jumps and strikes for 15-0.

But a double fault follows..Raonic has definitely lost his rhythm slightly.

He recovers, though, and holds his serve. 

Monfils serving for the set. 

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Robin Armstrong: Milos is more than a big serve, but if it's the semi and Andy's return game is working well, he can be made to look ordinary.

Monfils 3-6 5-2 Raonic*

Monfils defies a couple of challenges and takes a 40-15 lead.

The 29-year-old shows no emotion as he wins his service game, and takes a 5-2 lead in the second.

Raonic has gone off the boil, and can't seem to get his returns in. What's he going to do to change things up?

*Monfils 3-6 4-2 Raonic

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A first double fault for Canadian Raonic. Can Monfils pounce?

Oooh, maybe. It's 0-30 after Raonic snatches at a forehand return and hits into the net.

And the net gets in his way again. Two break points for the Frenchman. 

And the Australia crowd look a little surprised when he pulls it off. Raonic serves, Monfils returns and his opponent's cross-court shot is out. 

Game on.

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Andrew Neill: How much does Raonic rely on his serve and would Murray's return game counter this? (Not trying to say he's one-dimensional at all though).

Monfils 3-6 3-2 Raonic*

Raonic has two break points...but Monfils snatches them both out of Raonic's grasp. We go to deuce. 

Monfils pulls out his biggest serve of the game so far to take the advantage and manages to hold his service game

*Monfils 3-6 2-2 Raonic

Bit more even this one. It's 30-30.

So Raonic cracks out an almighty serve, at 113mph, and Monfils tries to return but he can only hit it towards the umpire. 

Duck, everyone! 

Raonic finishes off the game to level it.

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Wall Street Journal Tennis writer Tom Perrotta

"Gael Monfils just has to chip away. He knows how to return serve, he just has to hope he can get his timing right and get a few breaks to let Raonic know he's in a match.

"His energy comes from being able to move opponents around the court. It's hard for him to be energetic right now."

Monfils 3-6 2-1 Raonic*

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Monfils joins in on the aces - serving his second of the match to make it 40-0.

And before you can marvel at the boy's power and prowess, he's wrapped up the game.

*Monfils 3-6 1-1 Raonic

Raonic's serve is huge. Just huge. Another ace to start him off and he holds the game to love. No hanging about.