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Australian Open Day 9 highlights (wrapup)

Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action during her match against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Highlights of the ninth day at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Tuesday (times AEDT; GMT+11):

2240 DJOKOVIC EASES PAST RAONIC

Defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised past Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4 6-3 7-6(1) to advance to his eighth semi-final at Melbourne Park.

The Serb maintained his perfect record against Raonic, extending his head-to-head advantage to 10-0.

1848 FEDERER DIGS DEEP TO DEFEAT SANDGREN

Six-times champion Roger Federer saved seven match points in his clash against unseeded American Tennys Sandgren, prevailing 6-3 2-6 2-6 7-6(8) 6-3 to reach his 46th Grand Slam semi-final.

The victory was Federer’s 102nd at Melbourne as the 38-year-old Swiss surpassed his tally at Wimbledon.

1813 MUM’S THE WORD FOR BARTY

Australia’s Ash Barty battled past Petra Kvitova with her family watching on in the stands and the world number one was asked about the role her mother Josie plays in her career.

“To me she’s mum. That’s all she is… she wears a million hats for our family… does the exact same things for me as she does for my sisters. I love her just being mum,” Barty said.

1450 BARTY ACES KVITOVA TEST

Top seed Ash Barty came through a tough opening set before switching gears to beat 2019 runner-up Petra Kvitova 7-6(6) 6-2 in the quarter-final to keep alive Australia’s hopes of a first women’s champion in 42 years.

1424 JABEUR FEELING THE LOVE FROM TUNISIA

Following her straight-sets quarter-final defeat by American Sofia Kenin, Ons Jabeur reflected on the impact her Melbourne run has had back home in Tunisia.

“My phone is still going crazy right now. I actually talked to the president of Tunisia. He called me, wished me good luck. That was really nice of him,” Jabeur, the first Arab woman to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam, told reporters.

1249 KENIN FELLS JABEUR TO SEAL SEMI-FINAL SPOT

American Sofia Kenin fired 34 winners in a solid 6-4 6-4 victory over Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.



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