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12:46 - THIEM 4-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 4-6 DJOKOVIC

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Dominic Thiem has fought so hard and come so close, but in the end it's Djokovic whose experience and nous guides him through. An eighth Australian Open title for him and he hails the crowd.

12:08 - THIEM 4-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 1-2 DJOKOVIC

It's Thiem who blinks first then as Djokovic takes the ball earlier and earlier, finding his stride.

11:58 - THIEM 4-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 DJOKOVIC

A hold to love and we're into a deciding set!

11:55 - THIEM 4-6 6-4 6-2 3-5 DJOKOVIC

First break points for Djokovic in set number four courtesy of a Thiem double fault, and a long forehand gives the Serb the break - he'll serve to force the decider.

11:15 - THIEM 4-6 6-4 6-2 DJOKOVIC

Tremendous rallying from this pair, and Thiem's courageous movement towards the net is making the difference. Set point number one is lost when he goes too low; set point number two is lost with a double-fault; set point number three is lost with a Djokovic winner down the line; set point number four is the one!

10:49 - THIEM 4-6 6-4 3-0 DJOKOVIC

Djokovic hits his fifth double fault of the day, while Thiem has suddenly found his radar on that backhand down the line. A third successive break of the Djokovic serve.

10:39 - THIEM 4-6 6-4 1-0 DJOKOVIC

Thiem is keeping to the plan of playing it down the line, and Djokovic can't reach it. His service action is suddenly looking ungainly - has he picked up an injury? Thiem really should take the first break point - Djokovic mishits a volley and the Austrian just hits it back and wide, clipping the net. But he does get the break when Djokovic tries to go down the line, and wildly misjudges it.

10:28 - THIEM 4-6 6-4 DJOKOVIC

Thiem serves it out to level up and this is intriguingly in the balance now. No doubt that Djokovic helped Thiem out with that ludicrous break in the previous game, but the Austrian had to do the hard work there.

10:24 - THIEM 4-6 5-4 DJOKOVIC

Djokovic gets his second time violation when Thiem is on two break points, and when he gets his serve over the net Thiem deals with it in straightforward fashion. Another break.

10:19 - THIEM 4-6 4-4 DJOKOVIC

Thiem's backhand absolutely falls apart here under extreme aggression from Djokovic.

09:38 - THIEM 4-6 DJOKOVIC

Thiem is absolutely pelting his forehand to save set point and then take the advantage. But he can't hold, and Djokovic is still pressing - and Thiem double-faults on set point.

09:20 - THIEM 3-4 DJOKOVIC

Fabulous use of the backhand down the line for Thiem, getting himself a break.

08:58 - THIEM 0-2 DJOKOVIC

Djokovic has the early break, getting the better of Thiem with the groundstrokes and adept at the net. Thiem makes a couple of errors, though, gifting his opponent points unnecessarily.

08:00 - Good morning

The end is nigh, then, as the men's final between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem rounds off our fortnight in Melbourne.


What a great tie-break from Barbora Krejcikova and Nikola Mektic, ending the match in style. Krejcikova defends the title she won last year alongside Rajeev Ram.


Mektic serves it out this time, though, to love, and it's a champions tie-break to decide this title.


TREMENDOUS shot from Bethanie Mattek-Sands, at full stretch down to her left, sending it down the line to wrap up the first set.

10:49 - KENIN 4-6 6-2 6-2 MUGURUZA

Muguruza's serving so well in the first two points, and then hits two double-faults in a row. She looks like she might burst into tears as she gives away another point to hand Kenin championship point - but the American returns the serve long. One of the odd things about Kenin is she looks angry even when she wins a point, and she does that on the next, kicking at the baseline as she moves to her second championship point - and then Muguruza double-faults again.

10:37 - KENIN 4-6 6-2 4-2 MUGURUZA

Gritted teeth from Muguruza, using her smash and excellent serve to good effect. Then Kenin starts to push her more, making her make mistakes, and gets the luck of a net cord and then a double-fault from the Spaniard to give her the break.

10:09 - KENIN 4-6 6-2 MUGURUZA

Muguruza is trying to keep the length on her shots but she's lost her radar, just hitting long time and again. Kenin is level and we're going three. What a set of tennis from the 21-year-old.

09:54 - KENIN 4-6 3-1 MUGURUZA

Great volley from Muguruza on the run to send it across court, but Kenin is working out how to wrong-foot her. The American breaks - she's had two break point in this match and taken both of them.

09:37 - KENIN 4-6 MUGURUZA

Muguruza wants to drive-volley for set point but opts for it too late, sending the shot into the net. But she gets the second as Kenin's return game isn't accurate enough, and in 52 minutes, the Spaniard is halfway to her first Australian Open title.

09:30 - KENIN 4-4 MUGURUZA

Terrible service game from Muguruza, who should be two breaks up and instead she's back on serve.

09:10 - KENIN 1-2 MUGURUZA

An amazing save of break point from Kenin, sending a backhand down the line and only just clipping the back of the line. Muguruza will not be denied, though.


The women's final is under way.

12:30 - THIEM 3-6 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(4) ZVEREV

Double-fault from Zverev gives Thiem the edge at the start of the tie-break. Some fine cross-court hitting from both players before a couple of errors from Thiem allows Zverev back into it. Maybe nerves from both of them as they overhit their shots. Thiem's forehand suddenly returns to his armoury and he hits a great one to take a 5-3 lead, then strikes just on the corner of the line to get himself three match points. Zverev saves one with an ace, but some superlative striking from Thiem means he takes the second. The pair hug at the net.

11:30 - THIEM 3-6 6-4 7-6(3) ZVEREV

Some massive serving from both players, and Thiem gets the mini-break as Zverev pulls his shot just wide of the tramlines. Thiem is hitting his shots much, much better as Zverev steps back a little, and it's three set points to the Austrian - he takes the first with a brilliant cross-court angled winner.

11:23 - THIEM 3-6 6-4 6-6 ZVEREV

Thiem turns his ankle slightly as he moves to his right to make a shot, but he seems fine. Hold to 30 and we go to a tie-break.

10:07 - THIEM 3-6 6-4 ZVEREV

What a shot from Zverev, reaching up and powering the smash winner off a smash from Thiem! Then an absolutely wonderful rally as Thiem sends his shot just past Zverev's left hip. Thiem gifts Zverev a break point with another smash, this one right into the net, but he saves it with some smart thinking. The second break point comes and goes with a 24-shot rally, ended as Zverev loses his balance slightly. Thiem has his first set point - and takes it with his third ace of the day.

09:27 - THIEM 3-6 ZVEREV

Thiem is still hitting some massive forehands and then tries to mix it up with one of the most ludicrous shots in the history of tennis, which just trickles into the net. The plan was clear, just executed badly. He grits his teeth and serves well for the next few points before sending another to the net for deuce. His twelfth unforced error of the day gives Zverev his first set point - and another shot into the net means he takes it in 40 minutes.

09:05 - THIEM 2-1 ZVEREV

And now we're going to have a break in play while they close the roof because it's raining.

08:30 - Wilander and Becker preview Thiem v Zverev

07:55 - Mladenovic and Babos are women's doubles champions

In case you missed it, Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos have won their second Australian Open doubles title.

07:45 - Good morning

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the second of the men's Australian Open semi-finals - Dominic Thiem versus Alexander Zverev.

11:05 - Brutal straight-sets win for Djokovic

That is a demolition from Novak Djokovic and in this kind of form he is going to be a big favourite in the final. Federer had Djokovic in trouble early on in the first set, but once the defending Champ worked out how to adjust his tactics it was one-way traffic, and the ruthless quality of Novak’s game was way too good for his tiring opponent. This sort of result raises the very real possibility that Federer is never going to have enough to win a Grand Slam again. Djokovic, in contrast, will be supremely confident of making it eight titles in Melbourne on Sunday against either Dominic Thiem or Alexander Zverev. He’s won this one 7-6 6-4 6-3.

10:30 - Sensational tennis from Djokovic

Djokovic is playing at his very best, with the sort of swagger that can silence hostile crowds and overpower even the very best opponents. He takes the second set with a brilliant break of serve in the 10th game and this is his to lose now. Federer looks like a bit like a 38-year-old who has played two five-setters in this tournament already, but if anybody can pull this out of the bag then he can.

09:50 - Djokovic takes world-class first set

Wow, what a first set. Tennis of the highest quality sees Federer surge into a 5-2 lead before being pegged back by Djokovic. The Serb enters the tiebreak with all of the momentum and dominates it, winning 7-1. Phenomenal tactical tennis, fascinating ebbs and flows, brilliant.

08:52 - Djokovic and Federer is underway

The match opens up with an epic six-minute game as Federer comes from 15-40 down and survives an extended battle at deuce to eventually hold serve. It will worry Federer's team just how easily Djokovic was able to disrupt the service pattern.

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08:34 - Muguruza: 'Still a long way to go'

Muguruza: 'There’s still a long way to go'

08:08 - Djokovic v Federer is imminent

Are Federer's powers finally waning? Can he summon one last massive effort to topple the Serbian? All eyes are on Rod Laver Arena.

The Commissioner: What will we do after the four GOATs retire?

07:51 - Muguruza: I hung in there

"I'm very excited to be in the final," she said in her on-court interview.
"But a long way still to go and I have a big match on Saturday. "I wasn't thinking that I was down. I thought keep going and some point you will have your opportunity.
"I knew facing Simona was going to be a hard match but I hung in there and fought with all the energy I had.
"Luckily I have 48 hours to recover and get ready for the last match. We train all of our career to play on this court and in front of this crowd."

07:40 - Muguruza to play Kenin in the final

Garbine Muguruza reaches her first Australian Open final after beating fourth seed Simona Halep 7-6 (10-8), 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena.


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07:23 - Muguruza makes it 5-5

It took her until the fourth break point of the game, but Muguruza eventually wins it so we're back on serve.

06:59 - Halep with the break

We've had 26 minutes in this tense second set with the fourth seed showing her pluckiness to neutralise the Muguruza serve and go a break up. 3-2.

06:52 - And now it's 2-2

Because Muguruza slams a winner at 30-40.

06:48 - Halep goes a break up in set 2

This is some contest! Halep has shown great mental fortitude to regain her composure after a tough first set. She breaks Muguruza on her third break point of game 3.

06:44 - Halep holds...

Just. Muguruza is pushing Halep on every point, but the Spaniard could not convert either of her break points in the second game and we remain on serve at 1-1.

06:34 - Muguruza takes the first set!

Two break points down and Halep bounces back in this nervy tie-break to make it 6-6!
Halep squanders all four of her set points and Muguruza now has her third at 9-8 up. And she takes it as Halep crashes her shot into the net!
The Romanian is fuming.

06:20 - We've gone to a tie-break

From 5-4 down, Halep gets three set points on Muguruza's serve but squanders all of them.
The Spaniard hangs on and we're heading for a tiebreaker!

06:09 - Halep has broken back!

Muguruza looked all set to take the opening set and serve it out at 5-4, but Halep quickly storms to a three-break point lead before taking it as Muguruza plays a limp drop shot into the net.

05:56 - Muguruza a break up

Plenty of aggressive tennis on show and it's Muguruza who is a break up at 4-3.

05:45 - Kenin pays tribute to Barty

'I've dreamed of this since I was 5' - Kenin after reaching first Slam final

05:29 - Kenin: I've dreamed this since I was 5

"She's [Barty] such a tough player. I know she's been playing amazingly and I knew I had to find a way to win. I'm just so grateful and thankful for this moment.
"I'm so speechless. I can't believe this. I've dreamed about this since I was five years old. I've worked so hard to get here and thanks to my Dad [also her coach] and everyone so thank you.
"She was never going to give it to me I really needed to fight out there. "She's a great player and there's a reason she's world number one but I'm so thankful for this."

05:15 - Kenin is through to the final

Sofia Kenin is into the Australian Open final after stunning Ash Barty 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena.

Sofia Kenin - Australian Open 2020

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04:55 - Kenin breaks!

Remarkable stuff! Barty squanders two set points on her serve at 5-4 up before Kenin recovers to break back to 5-5!

04:25 - Barty breaks in the second

Kenin has been broken for the first time in the match with Barty powering through the third game.
The Australian has raced to a 3-1 lead in this second set. We look to be heading for a decider.

04:13 - Kenin takes the first set 7-6!

Barty was 6-4 up in the tie-break, but the American has completely turned it around to win it 8-6 and grabs the first set!

04:00 - Barty v Kenin heading for a tie-break

Kenin held firm to prevent Barty from taking any of the three break points in game 6. Barty has not faced a break point yet. It's been a tight match...

Kenin Barty

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03:12 - Here we go!

So Dominic Thiem beat Rafa Nadal yesterday to set up a mouthwatering clash against Alex Zverev in the Australian Open semis.
But who will win what is sure to be an epic semi-final battle between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic today?
That's later on. First up we have Ash Barty against Sofia Kenin on Rod Laver Arena before Simona Halep takes on Garbine Muguruza.

11:45 - Nadal battling back?

The crowd goes wild as Nadal goes 0-30 up on the Thiem serve. He's only two points away from winning the set! An ace halves the deficit but then a backhand into the net gives the Spaniard two set points. A return goes long to save the first but another netted backhand gives Rafa the set. Is the comeback on?

11:03 - Thiem wins second epic breaker

If Nadal is to get into the semi-finals, he's going to have to do it the hard way.
Thiem goes 4-0 up in the tiebreaker but Nadal makes an extraordinary comeback to get it to 4-0.
The Nadal comeback is finally halted as he is rushed into sending a forehand long then the Spaniard puts in a poor drop shot which Thiem pounces on to bring up two set points. A fortunate net cord then sends Nadal charging to the net and Thiem picks him off with a forehand. A lucky way to win the set, but he deserved it. Massive comeback needed by Rafa.

10:39 - Rafa remonstrates with umpire

09:54 Thiem claims the first set courtesy of a breaker

Nadal goes up a point with a deft touch, then gets a mini-break with a beautiful drop volley. Thiem wins a spectacular rally to make it 2-2, though, then Nadal nets to give the impetus to the Austrian. Nadal's forehand recovers the mini-break and we're back on serve, but he hands the advantage back to the Austrian by putting one into the tramlines and an incredible return gives Thiem three set points. He only needs one.

The two stunning points that secured Thiem first set

09:30 - Thiem and Nadal exchange breaks

Nadal brings up set point after breaking Thiem with a fantastic lob (see below) but the Austrian refuses to give up and gets back on serve thanks to some gutsy returning and some fine winners. It could be a long one here...

08:50 - Tight start to Nadal v Thiem clash

Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem are on court now, vying for a place in the semi-finals. Nadal leads 2-1 and it's gone with serve.

07:27 - Zverev vows to keep his promise

Zverev: I will keep my $4 million promise

07:06 - Zverev: You cannot imagine what this means

"It feels awesome. I've done well in other tournaments. I've won masters tournaments, I've won the world tour finals but I could never break that barrier in a grand slam and I'm happy to be in the semi-finals.
Stan played a great match, great tournament - beating Medvedev in the last match in five sets - and thank you to everyone for supporting.
You guys cannot imagine what this means to me and I hope it will be the first of many.

06:47 - Zverev v Wawrinka HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights: Zverev recovers to cruise past Wawrinka

06:07 - Zverev is into the semi-finals

Alex Zverev is into his the Australian Open semi-finals for the first time ever after beating Stanislas Wawrinka 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.

Alexander Zverev - Australian Open 2020

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05:41 - This was lovely from Stan

A cheeky drop shot from Wawrinka

05:32 - Access denied!

05:29 - Zverev one set from the semis

The German has come from behind to take the third 6-4 as Wawrinka's gameplan appears to be wavering.
The Swiss' serving let him down in that set, recording a 57% first serve percentage compared to Zverev's 83%.

04:50 - Zverev pulls it back!

How the tide has turned...
Zverev wins the second set 6-3 after breaking in the eighth game with the German now a break up in the third.

04:10 - Ruthless Wawrinka

In 24 minutes the Swiss takes the opening set 6-1 with some excellent tennis!

03:52 - Muguruza v Pavlyuchenkova HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights: Muguruza downs Pavlyuchenkova to reach Australian Open semis

03:32 - Muguruza: Halep will be tough

“I adapted to the circumstances [against Pavlyuchenkova]," Muguruza said after the game.
"Sometimes you don’t feel great but you have to fight and stay there. The first set was very hard – I think it lasted around an hour – so it was a very important set and I’m happy I got it.
“I’m happy to play tomorrow. Don’t wait another day and excited to play my first semi-finals here.
I’m going to study my opponent. I’ve known her for quite a long time so I know it’s going to be a tough match.

03:15 - Muguruza to play Halep in the semis

Garbine Muguruza beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-2 to reach her first ever Australian Open semi-final.


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02:42 - Muguruza in control

A topsy-turvy set which the Spaniard comes out on top 7-5 by taking the set point on Pavlyuchenkova's serve.
However the Russian has broken Muguruza's serve in the opening game of the second set.

01:59 - Halep v Kontaveit HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights: Halep thrashes Kontaveit to reach Melbourne semis

01:34 - You need to watch this!

Superb Philippoussis tweener ends outrageous rally

01:24 - Halep: I knew how to play Kontaveit

“I felt great today on court. I feel strong on my legs and I knew how to play against her. I was focused in every point I played and I enjoy playing in Melbourne a lot.
“I worked a bit more in the off-season. For the first time in my life I did my off-season away from home so I could feel focused on what I had to do every day. No days off. It meant a lot for me. I’ve started the year well and I feel much stronger than before."

01:13 - Halep into the semi-finals

Simona Halep is through to the Australian Open semi-finals for the second time in her career with an easy 6-1, 6-1 win over Anett Kontaveit on Rod Laver Arena.


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00:43 - Halep races through the opening set

She wins it 6-1 in 29 minutes as the No.4 seed punishes Kontaveit's serve, breaking it three times.

00:32 - Match of the day

Rafael Nadal, top seeded here, faces Dominic Thiem in the last quarterfinal - and it could be a trickier tie than anyone is anticipating. That match against Nick Kyrgios will have taken more out of him than he would ever admit; and his Austrian opponent has seemed to have found his matches easier as he's cruised through the draw. This should be fun.

Nadal holds off challenge of Kyrgios to make quarters

00:16 - Welcome along!

That Federer match yesterday was an absolute classic wasn't it!
Hopefully we will have a few more today with Anett Kontaveit v Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Stan Wawrinka v Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem as the lineup.
We're currently on serve between Kontaveit and Halep.

Highlights: Federer mounts stunning escape to beat Sandgren in five-set thriller

12:00 - Highlights: Djokovic routs Raonic in dominant display

Djokovic routs Raonic to set up semi-final showdown with Federer

11:40 - Djokovic through in straight sets

Novak Djokovic continued his serene progress at the Australian Open overcoming Milos Raonic 6-4 6-3 7-6(1) to set up a semi-final showdown against Roger Federer.

11:19 - How good is this from Raonic?

‘He nearly sliced that ball in half’ – Raonic produces masterful shot against Djokovic

11:10 - Djokovic receives medical treatment

Novak has the finish line in sight but gets into an argument with the officials at the brightness of the floodlights then goes off court to receive a medical timeout.

10:52 - Amazing Djokovic lob

10:32 - Djokovic a set away from semi-final showdown

The second set ends with a whimper as Raonic sends a backhand tamely into the net. Unless Raonic can launch a huge comeback, Novak will be facing Roger soon... 6-4, 6-3 to the Serb.

09:40 - Djokovic wins first set v Raonic

Raonic serves up two double faults and nets a routine forehand and eventually the pressure on his serve, which has been constant throughout this match, tells. It's a wide ground stroke that seals it and Djokovic has the lead. He'll wonder how he didn't have it before.
A telling statistic: Raonic had conceded just seven break points in all four of his matches leading into this match but conceded nine here. Saving eight of them is no mean feat but he'll be disappointed with his serving. In total he conceded 20 points on serve, including four double faults. By contrast, Djokovic lost only four points on his serve.

07:59 - A stroke of genius

‘Still alive’ – Federer fends off match point with a stroke of genius

07:56 - Watch the full incredible escape

As Federer somehow survives four match points in tie-break...

Watch the full incredible escape as Federer somehow survives four match points in tie-break

07:54 - Federer: Great to see Raonic back

"It's great to see Milos back playing super well. He beat me at Wimbledon [in the semi-finals] in 2016 and that hurt me like crazy so I want to see him do well.
"It's nice for him to remember he should be up in the rankings.
"Novak obviously is the champ here in Australia and we've had some big matches in the past. I hope whoever it is it isn't as difficult as it was today otherwise I really will be going home to do some skiing.

07:50 - Federer: I didn't deserve this win

"Those seven match points were not under control.
"I was hoping that maybe he was not going to smash a winner and that if I kept playing who knows.
"I got incredibly lucky today and as the match went on I started to feel better. All the pressure went away.
"I don't deserve this one but I'm still standing here and obviously very happy."

07:47 - Federer has done it!

How did he do it. From seven match points down, Federer is through to the semi-finals with a 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3 victory over the world number 100.
He will play either Novak Djokovic or Milos Raonic in the semis.

07:45 - Federer 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 5-3 up

30-30 in what could be the last game of this match.

07:40 - Federer now 5-2 up

Federer looks like he will have this wrapped up which is simply remarkable. Seven match points down and now he's just one game away from a place in the semi-finals.
Still time for a twist in the tale, though...

07:38 - Federer breaks!

The third break point of this final set, can Fed convert? The answer is... yes. The Swiss leads 4-2 in this decider!

07:32 - Sandgren getting frustrated

Federer holds his serve again to make it 3-2. Sandgren appears to be tiring.

07:24 - Federer sails through his service game

Federer wins that game without dropping a point so he's now 2-1 up on serve. Momentum seems to be with the six-time Australian Open champion.

07:20 - On serve

Well after all that drama at least things have settled down a tiny bit. We're on serve at 1-1 as Federer fails to capitalise on two break points.
But you do wonder how much Sandgren has left in the tank physically and mentally. To squander seven match points is remarkable.

07:07 - Federer turns it around!

After saving a remarkable four match points in the tie-break, somehow Federer has turned it in his favour and wins it 10-8 to force a fifth set! Truly incredible.

07:06 - A 19-shot rally and Fed makes it 7-7!

07:04 - Federer saves ANOTHER three match points!

Absolutely unbelievable. This looked done and dusted at 6-3 but not yet! Fed still in this!

06:59 - 3-3 in the tie-break

And strangely as the two prepare to switch sides the ballboy has accidentally nudged Sandgren in the back and the American appears a bit uncomfortable now but will continue!

06:57 - It's 1-2 in the decisive tie-break

Federer with a narrow lead.

06:47 - Federer saves three match points!

Unbelievable from the Swiss, he had to dig very deep to hold his serve and we're now at 5-5 in this enthralling fourth set!

06:23 - Federer and Sandgren's brilliant 28-shot rally!

Federer and Sandgren's brilliant 28-shot rally!

06:11 - Federer's code violation for swearing

06:04 - Sandgren leads Federer!

Remarkable scenes on Rod Laver Arena as Sandgren breaks the Federer serve for the fourth time today to now lead two sets to one!


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05:38 - Sandgren goes 3-0 up in the third

Do we have an upset on the cards? Momentum is with Sandgren right now as he breaks Federer's service game in the second game of the third set.
Federer is in deep trouble here as he goes off for a medical timeout.

05:18 - Sandgren fights back!

We're one apiece! After dropping the opener, the world number 100 takes the second 6-2!

Great passing shot by Sandgren against Federer

04:53 - Federer in front

The Swiss ruthlessly dispatches the American in the first set in 34 minutes, taking it 6-3. Although Federer did only land eight winners compared to the American's 10.

04:41 - Barty's post-match interview in full

'I'm going to have a massive smile on my face' - Barty post-match

04:32 - Barty v Kvitova HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights: Barty wins quarter-final rematch against Kvitova

04:00 - Barty: I'll play with a massive smile on my face

"It's been absolutely incredible. I knew I had to be my best today and that first set was so crucial. It was really good to get a quick second there.
"Petra in my eyes in the perfect competitor. She comes out here and fights her absolute best and regardless of whether she wins or loses she always has a big grin on her face coming to the net.
"She's a lovely person and that's what has made her so good over an extended period. In my eye she is the perfect competitor and I love testing myself against her.
"Kenin is having an incredible run. He's really developed her game over the last 12-18 months and I've had some very tough matches against her.
"She's a very good ball striker, wants to be inside the court taking the ball either way so its about getting my running shoes on again, playing with variety and getting the match on my terms as much as possible but I'm looking forward to it.
"It's a semi-final of the Australian Open and I'm going to have a massive smile on my face when I'm out here on this beautiful court."

03:57 - Barty into the semi-finals

Ash Barty powers into her first ever Australian Open semi-final with an emphatic 7-6 (6), 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova on Rod Laver Arena.

03:26 - Barty breaks early in the second!

First game of the second set and Barty capitalises on her second break point.
The 23-year-old Australian leads 6-4, 2-0 as she looks set to reach her maiden Grand Slam semi-final.

03:15 - Barty wins dramatic first set

It went on for one hour and nine minutes and it is Ash Barty who takes the opening set in the tie-break 8-6 against Kvitova!
Barty had to save two points when she was 6-5 down and has recovered in remarkable fashion!

02:50 - Salisbury takes a ball to the face!

British doubles player Salisbury takes a ball to the face!

02:11 - Kenin delighted to reach a career milestone

Kenin delighted to reach a career first Grand Slam semi

01:57 - Kenin: I'm playing with confidence

"It was a tough match and I'm super excited," Kenin said in her on-court interview.
In the second set Kenin saved three break point at 2-3 in a game that lasted 10 minutes....
She added: "It was a tough moment, she was playing well. It felt pretty long the game after that I got my momentum and started playing better.
"I worked hard during pre-season to improve my fitness and every aspect of my game. I'm playing with a lot of confidence and I'm so happy.
"I'm going to watch [the semi-finals]. I'm looking forward to it and we'll see how it goes.
"I'm in the semis at this point so anyone that I'm playing is playing really well so we'll see."

01:48 - Kenin is into the semis!

Sofia Kenin avoids an upset to world number 78 Ons Jabeur to reach her first ever Grand Slam semi-final after a 6-4, 6-4 victory on Rod Laver Arena.

Sofia Kenin

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01:34 - Brit Watch

Don’t despair, British tennis fans! There’s a 37.5% chance GB will have a claim to the men’s doubles title at the Australian Open in 2020, with three Brits still in the hunt at the quarter-final stage.
Ken Skupski is in action Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez, Jonny O’Mara plays alongside El Salvador's Marcelo Arevalo and Joe Salisbury partners America's Rajeev Ram.
And if they all fail, expect Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands to at least deliver in the mixed doubles second round.

Top 5 Shots: Gauff stars in crazy doubles point

00:54 - Kenin takes the first set

The Tunisian ran her close. Jabeur recovered from a break down to tie it at 3-3, but Kenin broke back immediately before the American sealed it on her fifth set point.
It could have been a different story had the world number 78 taken one of her two break points in game 8 - and was presented with one opportunity in the decider.

00:40 - Match of the day

World number one Ash Barty meets 2019 runner-up Petra Kvitova in the tastiest clash on Day 9.
Kvitova has only dropped one set all tournament – and even that was a tiebreak – suggesting she is primed to win a maiden Australian Open and first Grand Slam title since her comeback from a knife attack.
She will have the whole of Australia against her, however, as Barty bids to end the nation’s 42-year wait for a title in Melbourne. It promises to be a glorious showdown.

Highlights: Barty drops second set but sets up Kvitova showdown

00:21 - Day 9 Highlights

Welcome to the business end. Just four singles matches - all quarter-finals - await on Day 9.
If any UK viewers want to catch Ash Barty or Roger Federer, they better set their alarms. Barty's match with Petra Kvitova is slated for 01:30 GMT, while Federer should take to court around 03:30 GMT.
Failing that, there's always Novak Djokovic v Milos Raonic at the more palatable 08:00 GMT.

Play of the Day: 'Entertaining' star sits on net during rally, plus tweener and underarm serve

00:13 - Welcome back!

It's quarter-finals day with Barty, Federer and the evening's big game Raonic v Djokovic all happening today!
First up its Sofia Kenin vs Ons Jabeur.

12:19 - Rublev run comes to an end

Zverev ends Rublev run in Melbourne

11:55 - Nadal completes the win

Nadal wins 6-3 3-6 7-6 7-6!
Kyrgios is well in this tiebreaker, but serving at 3-4, he tries the drop shot. He doesn't get enough power on it. A good serve from Nadal brings up two match points and he only needs one.

10:51 - Nadal wins dramatic breaker to go ahead

Kyrgios is playing on the edge now. He falls an early mini-break behind and gets frustrated with himself when he fails to make a pass which would have cancelled it out. He takes it out on his racquet, picking up a warning for good measure. At 5-3, Nadal nets a forehand to give away the advantage.
Just when it looked as though momentum was shifting, Kyrgios double faults to hand Nadal set point, which he loses with a double of fault of his own. A second set point follows though and when Kyrgios nets, Nadal has the third set in the bag.

10:48 - Zverev wins in straight sets

ZVEREV WINS 6-4, 6-4, 6-4! Rublev's fantastic winning streak at the start of the year is over and Zverev is into the quarter-finals without losing a set. He'll fancy his chances of going even further too.

10:40 - Pavlyuchenkova tops Kerber

Pavlyuchenkova strikes again. Three breaks of serve are enough to get the job done for the Russian. She will face Garbine Muguruza for a spot in the semi-finals.

10:23 - Kerber with a mountain to climb

Angelique Kerber has fallen a double break behind in her final set against Anasatasia Pavlyuchenkova. Can the German get herself out of jail with a comeback?

10:09 - Zverev doubles his lead

Second set goes to Zverev 6-4! A slack start to the second hurts Rublev, whose 11-0 win loss record in 2020 is under serious threat here.

10:00 - Kerber going the distance

Pavlyuchenkova, who shocked world number two Karolina Pliskova in the previous round, passed on three sets points in a second set she dominated – hitting 25 winners to Kerber’s 11 – but sent their match to a decider, winning the second-set tiebreak comfortably.

09:40 - Kyrgios strikes back

Nick Kyrgios has rattled off back-to-back aces to win the second set against Nadal and we have a contest on our hands.
Meanwhile, Alex Zverev has the first set in the bag in his tie against Andrey Rublev.

09:26 - Superb Nadal point & Kyrgios tweener

A pretty entertaining match on Rod Laver right now...

09:01 - Kerber wins the first set

Fomer champion Angelique Kerber is one set away from her third career quarter-final here, defeating Pavlyuchenkova in the tiebreaker in the first set.

08:53 - Nadal claims the first set 6-3

Kyrgios gets into the rallies here but Nadal gets himself three set points after drawing some errors from the home hopeful. A long backhand means he only needs one. First blood to Rafa.

08:44 - Kerber back from the brink

Angelique Kerber was 5-3 down to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the women's draw but just broke back to make it 5-5. Amazing fight from the former champion.

08:36 - What You Missed Overnight

What You Missed Overnight: Tributes to Kobe, as Monfils turns on the style

08:25 - Nadal and Kyrgios trade opening blows

Thre games, three holds of serve on Rod Laver as these two rivals clash in what prom ises to be an epic.
The Australian walked out on court wearing a Kobe Bryan LA Lakers top in tribute to the NBA legend.

Kyrgios wears Kobe Bryant shirt after death of basketball great

07:45 - Wawrinka wins five-set epic

Stan Wawrinka is through to the Australian Open quarter-finals after overcoming Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.

Stan Wawrinka - Australian Open 2020

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06:27 - 'I'm feeling better every day'

'I'm feeling better every day' - Muguruza's on-court interview after beating Bertens

06:18 - Osaka pays her respects

06:02 - Muguruza v Bertens HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights of Muguruza's dominant win against Bertens

05:40 - Muguruza powers past Bertens

Garbine Muguruza has beaten Kiki Bertens in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena to book her place in the Australian Open quarter-finals.


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05:09 - Kontaveit v Swiatek HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights of Kontaveit edging past Swiatek

05:01 - Thiem v Monfils HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights: Thiem keeps his perfect record against Monfils

04:49 - Wawrinka takes the lead

The Swiss has got off to a fast start, winning the first set 6-2 in 34 minutes.

04:33 - Kontaveit knocks out Swiatek

After a gruelling contest which lasted two hours and 42 minutes, the 28th seed finally sees off 18-year-old Iga Swiatek 6-7, 7-5, 7-5.

04:32 - Thiem explains his mum's tattoo 'tradition'

Thiem explains his mum's tattoo 'tradition'

04:05 - Thiem sweeps Monfils away

Dominic Thiem is into the Australian Open quarter-finals after producing an almost flawless performance to beat Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena.


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03:33 - Incredible Monfils basketball-style shot!

He may be two sets and a break down, but that isn't stopping Monfils from having some fun on Rod Laver.

Incredible Monfils basketball-style shot!

03:22 - Monfils serves underarm... wins the point!

Monfils serves underarm against Thiem... and wins the point!

03:01 - Lovely stuff

A touching moment between Svitolina and Monfils

02:48 - Thiem takes the first set

Thiem did not face a single break point as he storms to a one-set lead against Monfils, winning it 6-2.
Meanwhile 18-year-old Swiatek is a set up against Kontaveit, but has now taken a medical timeout for treatment on her left leg.

02:38 - Halep v Mertens HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights: Halep patiently overcomes tricky Mertens

02:05 - Halep: I got a bit nervous

Halep said post-match: "It's a great performance by me to play again in the quarter-finals. I'm really happy to go through.
"Last year I played Mertens in Doha and I was leading a set and 4-2 and I lost the match so I know that I have to stay focused until the end.
"To be honest I got a bit nervous at 4-3, but I was strong enough to finish the match.
I had to calm down because when I get a bit nervous I get crazy on court so I had to stay cool, to get the energy from the box and go without thinking behind.

01:52 - Halep into the quarters

Simona Halep is into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open after patiently dispatching Elise Mertens 6-4, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena.


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01:37 - Mertens breaks back!

Mertens recovers from a break down so we're back on serve in the second set at 4-4.

01:01- Halep takes the first set

50 minutes and the Romanian grinds it out, breaking Mertens twice - with the Belgian breaking back in between - to eventually take it 6-4.

00:53 - Well said

00:23 - Today's highlights

Wimbledon champion Halep is currently on Rod Laver Arena seeking to make her fourth quarter-final at Melbourne Park against Belgium's Mertens. It's currently going with serve.
Double Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza ends the day session on the main showcourt before the blockbuster clash between local hope Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal in the evening.
There should be no disruptions to play with no chance of rain and a mild high of 23 Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) expected.

00:16 - We are back!

And my goodness do we have some big matches on today - live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player.
Nadal v Kyrgios is later on but we kick off with Elise Mertens against Simona Halep on Rod Laver.
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