The Australian behind Cilic's Open charge

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

The incident appeared to light a fire under Federer, who won four of the next five games and saved a set point before storming through a tiebreak to take the first set.

For Czech player Tomas Berdych, squaring off against 19-time Grand Slam victor Roger Federer was always going to be tough, but the 19th seed managed to get off to a great start and broke the Swissman's serve early in the first set.

It will also be Federer's 52nd Grand Slam quarter-final, the most in the post-1968 Open Era. "I think it's an interesting match for me", said Federer, preparing for a record 14th Australian Open semi-final. I think that's one of the reasons players are scrambling so many balls back and being so successful here.

"It's great to see new names on the scene".

Kerber needed just 51 minutes to dismantle last year's US Open finalist Madison Keys 6-1, 6-2, breaking the American's much-vaunted serve at will.

Cilic has beaten Chung on all three occasions they have played, most recently in Brisbane in 2016. "I wasn't able to figure it out, but I enjoyed trying".

In an echo of her loss to compatriot Sloane Stephens in the final of last year's U.S. Open final, Keys appeared to be struck by stagefright and offered none of the power and accuracy that got her to the last eight without losing a set. Chung bested Tennys Sandgren in his last outing.

It has been a breakthrough tournament for Chung, whose 58th ranking is expected to tumble after toppling not just six-time champion Djokovic but world No.4 Alexander Zverev. "I don't know how I did it".

Her third-round victory over Maria Sharapova meant she was the only singles Grand Slam victor remaining in the women's draw. I'm just trying to play Novak because he playing good in baseline and he is mentally really strong as well. "I never playing in second week in Grand Slam, so I'm really surprised". Roger Federer makes a backhand return to Tomas Berdych during their men's singles quarterfinal at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, today.

Halep came back from an initial 3-0 deficit in the opening set, running off on a nine-game winning streak at one point to wrap up the match in just over an hour.

Tomas Berdych's search for a first Grand Slam title goes on after losing to Roger Federer for the third consecutive year at the Australian Open. "So I'm feeling good".

"I actually thought the call was good and probably he was right taking the (challenge) away".

The rising Korean star joins Briton Kyle Edmund as the first unseeded men's semi-finalists in Melbourne since Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2008.

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