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Australian Open 2018, Day 10: Roger Federer wins 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 against Tomas Berdych; Hyeon Chung, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep in the semis

Australian Open 2018: Roger Federer reached his 14th Australian Open semifinal with a straight sets win over Tomas Berdych. He now takes on Hyeon Chung who beat Tennys Sandgren. In the women's draw, Simona Halep will take on Angelique Kerber for a place in the final.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 24, 2018 4:53:15 pm
Roger Federer vs Tomas Berydch at the Australian Open on Day 10 Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets on Day 10. (Source: Reuters)

Two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber thrashed Madison Keys in just 51 minutes to reach the Australian Open semi-finals. She beat the American 6-1, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena. Later, Hyeon Chung ended America’s Tennys Sandgren’s dream run 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to become the first South Korean to enter a Grand Slam semifinal. Simona Halep set up a semifinal clash against Kerber after beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2 in 1 hour, 12 minutes. Roger Federer’s quest to add yet another trophy to his cabinet became stronger after he breezed past Tomas Berdych in the quarters. Federer won 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 to make a 14th Australian Open semifinals. Among India’s players, Rohan Bopanna moved into the mixed doubles semis alongside Timea Babos.

Australian Open Day 10 Live:

1650 hrs IST: Bopanna is into the mixed doubles semifinals alongside Hungarian partner Timea Babos. Beat Spears/Cabal 6-4, 7-6 (5)

1630 hrs IST: Federer on Nadal’s injury: Wish him well! It’s hard to watch, go five sets and not being able to finish. Cilic deserves plenty of credit for hanging around. Disappointed for Rafa. Happy that news is not terrible

1617 hrs IST: Federer serving for the match. Berdych goes for a forehand winner or at least force Federer into the corner but it narrowly wide. Followed up by a big serve. 30-0. Make that another big serve and then a volley winner. Big serve down the tee and Berdych fails to return. FEDERER WINS 7-6, 6-3, 6-4. NEVER LOST AT THIS STAGE IN THE TOURNAMENT AND MAINTAINS THAT. INTO A 14th AUSTRALIAN OPEN SEMIFINAL. With his 20th win against Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer is two wins away from his 20th Grand Slam title. WOW!

1611 hrs IST: Despite Berdych’s best attempts, Federer is cruising through. Quick hold and pressure back on Berdych to stay in the Australian Open. Berdych now serving at 3-5. Good, deep serve down the tee and it is not replied. It is followed up with great hustling by Berdych but he fails to pick up the final deft volley. Bouncs just in front of Berdych to make it 15-15. Berdych nets his forehand and it is 15-30. Strong serve on Federer’s backhand and it goes wide. 30-30. Berdych with a deep forehand and volley approach to force Federer into netting a forehand. 40-30. Federer goes for that deft drop volley from the back of the court but this time Berdych reads it better and moves in for a cross court winner. Doesn’t look entirely physically happy does Berdych but fighting it through.

1602 hrs IST: THREE STRAIGHT BREAKS! Federer roars back with a thundering backhand winner down the line as he moves forward and Berdych has been broken once again. Federer presses forward 3-2 in the third set. Roger follows it up with a hold to love and is 4-2 up. Two games from yet another semifinal appearance!

1557 hrs IST: A mishit on the backhand and Federer’s unforced error count rises to 30 while bringing up break point for Berdych. Fantastic service return by Berdych, into Federer’s shoelaces as he moved forward for the serve-and-volley tactic. Break back! 2-2 in the third set

1554 hrs IST: Federer with a bold challenge on Berdych’s shot from the back of the court. He is convinced even though Berdych kept playing. If this is in, Berdych gets the point. But it is indeed out by millimetres. On break point, Berdych sends his forehand wide and Federer gets one step closer to the semifinals. 2-1 up in the third

1530 hrs IST: Federer serves for the second set at 5-3. An outstretched forehand by Berdych is just long. Off balance and it goes over. Federer takes the second set 6-3 as Berdych’s serve return goes long

1529 hrs IST: Federer with a gorgeous down the line backhand winner and then an error by Berdych bring up two break points. Federer with sublime forehand on the run to force Berdych into making a half volley at the net. The reply is tame and Federer casually dispatches a backhand winner down the center. BREAK!

1516 hrs IST: Berdych was 40-15 up before Federer came back to extend the game. But the Czech maintains composure to keep the second set on serve

1509 hrs IST: Federer with back-to-back errors and Berdych has a break point in the third game. Saves it with a gorgeous backhand winner that goes behind the Czech. Federer brings up game point with neat hands at the net. Anticipated the volleys well and moved accordingly. Holds by moving Berdych side-to-side before the Czech player’s backhand pass attempt hits the net. Hold. Staying on serve.

1455 hrs IST: Federer wins first set 7-6(1) as he displays a great turnaround to save two set points before forcing the tie-break. After trailing 5-2, a charged-up Federer storms home to win the opening set despite a slow start.

1448 hrs IST: Four double faults for Federer in this game. We move into the tie-break as Federer saves a point. The match is getting intense.

1434 hrs IST: Federer not letting it off so easily, breaks the 4th break point to get back on serve. The two are now level at 5-5.

1430 hrs IST: Berdych’s ball was called in but Federer thought it was out, so he challenged. The chair umpire received word that the call was correct and the ball was in. As a result, Federer was docked a challenge for questioning the call and he does not look happy.

1427 hrs IST: Berdych is just a game away from winning the first set against Federer. The Czech player has played extremely smart in the first set so far. Federer needs to make his move now.

1424 hrs IST: This is rather unexpected. Berdych takes a 4-1 lead in the first set as Federer missed chances to break the Czech player.

1416 hrs IST: Federer makes a comeback but Berdych has the upper-hand. Federer held the serve despite losing the opening point. Berdych leads 3-1.

1409 hrs IST: Probably the most number of errors Federer has made so far as Berdych takes the first two games in the first set. This is a surprise!

1400 hrs IST: It is now time for the tennis maestro Roger Federer to take the court against Tomas Berdych. The two meet for the third successive year at the Melbourne Park.

1145 hrs IST: Simona Halep has made it to the first semifinal of Australian Open after beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2 in just 1 hour and 12 minutes!

1125 hrs IST: Halep on a 3-0 lead in the second set. The World No. 1 looks comfortable as Pliskova struggles with serve.

1105 hrs IST: Simona Halep takes three straight games to win the first set 6-3 against Karolina Pliskova. After dropping the first three games, the first set sees a turnover as Halep gets in her element to take the driver’s seat.

1030 hrs IST: The Rod Laven Arena has now been taken over by World No. 1 Simona Halep against Karolina Pliskova, who has quickly taken a 2-0 lead. Halep has won five of their previous six meetings.

1005 hrs IST: And we have the semifinalist. Chung Hyeon creates history as he beats Sandgren 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to enter Australian Open semifinals. With the win, Chung now becomes he youngest man to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since Cilic Marin in 2010, is the lowest-ranked Australian Open semifinalist (No. 58) since Safin (No. 86) in 2004. Chung is also set to become the highest-ranked South Korean player in history.

1005 hrs IST: A 31-shot rally! What a great, intense game out there at the Rod Laver Arena as Chung just a point away from entering semifinal. Sandgren has saved four match points. Chung now at deuce, 5-3.

0958 hrs IST: Sandgren tries to hold the defeat for as long as possible as he avoids giving Chung the match point. The American trails by 3-5 but Chung looks set to win this one.

0950 hrs IST: Chung is edging towards making history as he is set to become the first South Korean to ever enter semifinals. He has taken a 4-2 lead in the third and what looks like the final set of the quarterfinal match against Sandgren.

0937 hrs IST: Third set underway as the confident South Korean takes 2-1 lead. Sandgren, however, has not given up as he sends Chung so wide that all he could do was lose the point. Good stuff from the American!

0920 hrs IST: Chung does it! He is now just a set away from the semifinals as he beats Sandgren 7-6 (5) after taking three points on the trot. Sandgren’s only hope of surviving is by forcing the match into the fourth set.

0850 hrs IST: A very intense game is underway at the Rod Laver Arena. We are headed into the tie-breaker for the second set as both players are level at 6-6.

0850 hrs IST: Some excellent groundstrokes by both the players as Sandgren attempts a comeback after a 15-shot rally. Chung looked in control after breaking the second set but the American seems to have taken things in his control.

0820 hrs IST: Chung wraps up the opening set in just 37 minutes to defeat Sandgren 6-4. The winner of the Djokovic-clash is in control as he looks for his second win against Sandgren after Auckland earlier this month. No sign of nerves from the South Korean.

0750 hrs IST: The match between Chung and Sandgren started with some confusion on Rod Laver Arena with alarm sounding and calls to evacuate heard. After the slight delay, Djokovic-conqueror Chung began on a positive note, leading 2-1 over Sandgren.

0745 hrs IST: Former champion Angelique Kerber has blasted her way into the Australian Open semi-finals with a straight sets demolition of American Madison Keys.

0740 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 10th day of the Australian Open. Stay updated with the live score and key updates of what is happening in Melbourne.

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