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Live Reporting

Caroline Chapman

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  1. 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?

    Johanna Konta
  2. 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.

    Image caption: Milos Raonic was absent from this particular school photo
  3. Canada rocks

    Raonic reaches semi-final


    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... 

  4. 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."

  5. Game, set and match

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

    Milos Raonic celebrates

    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.

  6. 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. 

  7. *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?

  8. 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?

  9. *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. 

  10. Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 3-2 Raonic*

    Milos Raonic serves

    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. 

  11. *Monfils 3-6 6-3 3-6 2-2 Raonic

    They're at 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.

  12. 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. 

  13. *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. 

  14. 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.

  15. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Tennis writer Simon Cambers

    Milos Raonic

    "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."

  16. 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. 

  17. 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.

  18. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    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."

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


    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.

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

    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.