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Australian Open Day 9 Highlights: Djokovic beats Raonic to set up semis clash against Federer

Australian Open Day 9 Highlights: Novak Djokovic beats Milos Raonic to set up semifinal clash against Roger Federer.

By HT Correspondent | Jan 28, 2020 17:10 IST
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Australian Open Day 9: Novak Djokovic beats Milos Raonic to make it to yet another semi-final where he will face Roger Federer. Djokovic beats Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1). The Swiss ace was pushed to the brink by the American Tennys Sandgren. On another day Sandgren would have been home and dry but Federer saved 7 match points to finally come out victorious. Meanwhile, Sofia Kenin and Asheligh Barty sailed through to semifinals and square off against each other on Thursday.

Follow Highlights of the 2020 Australian Open:

17:05 hrs IST

Novak Djokovic wins!

Novak Djokovic beats Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) to set up Roger Federer clash in semifinal

16:59 hrs IST

11-minute game

After nearly 11 minute game, Raonic manages to hold serve to take it to 6-5 in the third set in his favour. Federer will now have to push this set to the tie-breaker.

16:39 hrs IST

Medical timeout

Djokovic has taken a medical timeout. Hopefully, this isn’t too serious an issue? Nope, he’s back. Hopefully, he’s fit to play the rest of the match.

Note: Nothing to worry about, he had just gone to get his contact lenses changed! PHEW!

16:35 hrs IST

Raonic resisting in third set

Milos Raonic is resisting hard in the third set against Novak Djokovic. This could be his last stance to save himself in the match. He is ensuring he holds on to serve, and push this one to the tie-breaker.

16:23 hrs IST

On serve in the third

Raonic has battled hard to keep his serves far. He leads 3-2 in the third currently but Djokovic looks completely in control of the match.

16:01 hrs IST

Second set goes to Novak

The Novak juggernaut continues! Another great effort from Novak Djokovic and he has won the second set 6-3 against Milos Raonic. Just one set away from the quarters!

15:14 hrs IST

Djokovic wins 1st set

Novak Djokovic has won the first set 6-4 against Milos Raonic. It was a tough fight between the two players but Djokovic was able to clinch it by the finest of margins.

14:15 hrs IST

Djoker Time

Time for Novak Djokovic to take centre stage! The Serbian will take on Milos Raonic in their fourth round encounter and the match will begin in some time.

13:22 hrs IST

Federer: Draws are not getting easier

Roger Federer has that wit intact even after a gruelling 5 set match. He tells Jim Courier that he is lucky to be here and wants to make the most of it. He spoke about having a groin issue and coming back stronger. Courier to Federer: ‘I must admit I haven’t met anyone like you’

13:17 hrs IST

Federer wins; enters semis

Roger Federer has done it. For the 22nd time he fights back from match point down to win. What a performance from Sandgren but it was not to be. Federer won 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3.

13:15 hrs IST

Sandgren stays alive, Federer serves for match

Sandgren has won on his serve to make it 3-5. Federer is serving for the match and the two players are locked at 15-15. Amazing backhand by Sandgren and that is an unforced error from the Swiss ace. Federer comes right back to make it 30-30.

13:10 hrs IST

Decisive Advantage for Federer

Roger Federer has shown who is the boss. After saving plethora of match points he is now up 5-2 in the decider. Sandgren will serve to stay in the match.

12:44 hrs IST

Federer level

A gruelling set comes to an end and Roger Federer has won it 7-6! Both players had multiple chances to clinch the set but it was the veteran who was able to finish it in the tie-break.

11:47 hrs IST

Sandgren wins 3rd set

Tennys Sandgren has won the third set 6-3 and he is two sets up against Roger Federer. Are we looking at a major upset?!

11:15 hrs IST

Federer in trouble

It is not looking good for Roger Federer as he is down 4-1 in the third set after winning the first set. However, Tennys Sandgren came back strong and took the second set to level things.

9:35 hrs IST

Barty through

Ash Barty stormed into her maiden Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday with an emphatic 7-6(6) 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova that avenged her defeat to the hard-hitting Czech in last year’s quarter-final at Melbourne Park.

9:03 hrs IST

Kenin wins

Sofia Kenin is through to the next round of women’s singles after she defeated Ons Jabeur 6-4. 6-4.

5:00 hrs IST

Kenin vs Jabeur

14th seed Sofia Kenin and Ons Jabeur will face each other in the first Q/F to seal a place in the last four.