Latest news from the ninth day of the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times GMT):
0614 FEDERER DOWNS BERDYCH TO REACH SEMI-FINALS
Third seed Roger Federer of Switzerland beat Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6(4) 6-2 6-4 to reach his 39th grand slam semi-final. He will face either world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia or Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori.
0526 SERENA ON SEMI-FINAL OPPONENT RADWANSKA
“It will be a good match. She’s been playing really well towards the end of the year, and already this year she’s been very consistent. So I think it will be a long match and it will be a good match to see where I am.”
0427 SHARAPOVA ON INSPIRATIONAL SERENA
“She’s at a different level. She makes you go back to the drawing board, not just for me, but for many other players. She makes you work. That’s inspiring.”
Federer through to semis with efficient win over Berdych
Serena maintains hold over Sharapova to advance
Radwanska beats Suarez Navarro to make semis
Raonic shocks Wawrinka, Zhang rolls on
Qualifier Zhang beats Keys to extend run
Murray downs Tomic to reach Melbourne quarters
Murray was ready to quit over Sears’ health
Scrambling Ferrer negates Isner’s power
Raonic uses inner calm to fend off Wawrinka
Konta continues fairytale run in Melbourne
0340 LAVER COMMEMORATED ON HIS COURT
Australian tennis great Rod Laver is warmly applauded in a ceremony on the court named after him to commemorate his being appointed as Companion to the Order of Australia on Tuesday.
0335 SERENA ON HER VICTORY
“It was a super intense. She is an incredibly intensely focused player who was number one and won grand slams for a reason. I had to come out with fire and intensity. I have played this whole week aggressive and I didn’t start out that way, so I just decided to play the way that got me to the quarter-finals.”
0332 SERENA BEATS SHARAPOVA TO MAKE SEMIS
Top seed Serena Williams shakes off two visits from the trainer and doctor to race through the second set of her quarter-final with Maria Sharapova, extending her run to 18 successive victories against the Russian, and advancing to the semi-finals with a 6-4 6-1 victory after 92 minutes.
0255 SERENA TAKES FIRST SET AGAINST SHARAPOVA
Serena Williams overcomes an early service break to take the first set against Sharapova 6-4 in their quarter-final on Rod Laver Arena after 55 minutes.
0140 RADWANSKA ON HER VICTORY
“I knew it would be a tough one. She is very solid, like most Spanish players and I knew everything would come back to my side. I tried to be aggressive and focus on my serve and I think I did a good job.”
0133 RADWANSKA FIRST THROUGH TO SEMI-FINALS
Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to her second semi-final at Melbourne Park with a 6-1 6-3 victory over 10th seed Carla Suarez Navarro. The Pole will meet Serena Williams.
0015 PLAY UNDERWAY ON ALL COURTS
\Play got underway on all courts as scheduled on a warm Australia Day morning at Melbourne Park.
ORDER OF PLAY
ROD LAVER ARENA
4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) v 10-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain)
Not before 0145 GMT
1-Serena Williams (U.S.) v 5-Maria Sharapova (Russia)
Not before 0330 GMT
3-Roger Federer (Switzerland) v 6-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic)
Not before 0815 GMT
1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v 7-Kei Nishikori (Japan) (Compiled by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by John O’Brien)