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Australian Open LIVE RESULTS: Ash Barty takes on Madison Keys before Danielle Collins faces Iga Swiatek

ASH BARTY is taking on Madison Keys in the first semi-final at the Australian Open.

Then Danielle Collins faces Iga Swiatek in the other final-four match-up to decide who makes it through to Saturday’s final.

Rafa Nadal won his quarter-final match-up with Dennis Shapovalov in five sets to reach the last four of the Australian Open.

There, he will face Matteo Berrettini, who also required five sets as he overcame Gael Monfils.

French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas is also through after a straight-sets victory over Italian Jannik Sinner.

And currently US Open champ Daniil Medvedev made hard work of things as he came from two sets down to defeat Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Following the match, he was asked how he fought his way back into the match and he riled the crowd when he responded that he thought to himself: “What would Novak do?”

Meanwhile Djokovic has received a boost in his bid to compete at the French Open, as under the country’s current rules he will be exempt from vaccinated.

And the Australian Open has allowed Peng Shuai t-shirts after Martina Navratilova spoke out about fans being banned from wearing them.

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  • A look at Barty’s win

    Barty was all smiles after her win over Keys to reach the women’s final, becoming the first Aussie to do since 1980.

  • Barty speaks on victory

    Barty has expressed her joy after reaching the finals of the Australian Open.

    After her enthralling win over Madison Keys, a jubilant Barty gushed: “It’s unreal, it’s just incredible.

    “I love this tournament, I love coming here and playing in Australia and as an Aussie we are spoiled that we are a grand slam nation and get to play at home.

    “I get the chance to play for a title, it’s unreal. This is Brisbane weather, it was humid.

    “I tried to keep Maddy under the pump as she can take it away from you. She’s a great person, looks you in the eye, a lot of the girls love her.”

  • Barty reaches the final

    Barty has reached the Australian Open women’s finals with a comfortable 6-1 6-3 win over Madison Keys.

    Barty is the first Australian finalist for 45 years to have reached the competition’s finale.

    Keys went down fighting, starting off with a winning 0-15.

    Barty then levelled with a big serve before Keys took the lead once again making it 30-15.

    But Barty had another huge serve and two match points.

    And it was all over when a serve from Barty set up a passing shot.

  • Barty – 6-1 5-2 Keys

    Barty is one game away from the final with a love hold.

    Keys has shown signs of promise but can’t seem to break through Barty’s resilience.

  • Keys shows fighting spirit

    Keys hasn’t let the first set loss get to her and is playing better than Barty at this point.

    Barty is struggling to keep up with the high levels she started the match with.

  • Barty claims the first set

    Ash Barty has won the first set 6-1 in the women’s semi-final at the Australian Open.

    Keys was responsible for a double fault over two break and set points.

    Barty took the set with a clubbing winner.

  • Kyrgios subjected to verbal attack

    Nick Kyrgios was labelled an ‘absolute knob’ for his on-court theatrics by rival Michael Venus.

    Venus and his partner Tim Putz were dumped out of the Australian Open doubles quarter-finals by Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

    And after the heated battle which saw Kyrgios mimic his opponents serving style, Venus made his feelings about the Aussie ace known.

    Venus told TVNZ: “It felt like a circus out there, not really a tennis match… you know if it’s on the other foot, old mate (Kyrgios) would have flipped his lid.

    And he also had a message for Kyrgios’ die-hard supporters, adding: “They’ll always be his supporters and he’ll spin it in a way that helps him, but at the end of the day he’s an absolute knob.”

  • Aussie Open schedule

    The Australian Open continues today with some exciting matches set to take place.

    Ash Barty will square up against Madison Keys in the Women’s Singles’ semi-final.

    And Danielle Collins will lock horns with Iga Swiatek in the other semi-final

  • ‘What would Novak do?’

    Daniil Medvedev drew inspiration from Novak Djokovic during his victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime – a comment that drew a mix of cheers and boos from the crowd.

    Medvedev said: “I have no idea [how I hung in there]. I was not playing my best and Felix was playing unbelievable. He was all over me and I do not know what to do.

    “So I thought to myself – and some people won’t like this – what would Novak do?”

    “I just fight to the last point and managed to raise my level for the next game. I played better [when the roof was closed]. My hand was slippery [when the roof was closed] so the roof closing helped my hand be less sweaty”

  • Nadal hoping for a better start

    Speaking after his quarter-final win over Denis Shapovalov Rafa Nadal insisted he was ‘lucky to make it through.

    The Spaniard led Shapovalov by two sets, only to lose the next two to send the match to a fifth and final set.

    Nadal got their in the end.

    He said: “I didn’t practise for this. I was a little lucky at the beginning of the fifth.

    “At the beginning of the match I was playing great, then I know how difficult it is to play against a player like Denis.”

    Nadal will be hoping Thursday’s semi-final is more comfortable.

  • Last four

    All of the remaining competitors in the men’s singles are inside the top ten seeds.

  • Morning order of play

    There are two men’s singles semis being played on Thursday.

    • No. 2 Danill Medvedev vs. No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas, TBD
    • No. 6 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 7 Matteo Berrettini, 10:30 p.m.

    Women’s singles semis are also taking place.

    • No. 1 Ashleigh Barty vs. Madison Keys, 3:30 a.m.
    • No. 7 Iga Swiatek vs. No. 27 Danielle Collins, 4:45 a.m.
  • Henman backs Murray Wimbledon comeback

    Andy Murray crashed out of the Australian Open in the early rounds, but Tim Henman is backing the Brit to come back strong at Wimbledon.

    Henman told Eurosport: “I think he’s still making big strides in his game.

    “With the hip surgery that he’s had, the amount of tennis that he’s missed over the last three and a half to four years has been massive.

    “Now he’s starting to build consistently, he might not always be having the results that he wishes and then the expectations that he’s got.

    “But for me, the important element is that he’s not having interruptions to his training, to his tournament schedule.”

  • Nadal super fan

    Iga Świątek is a BIG Rafa Nadal fan…

    The Spaniard is due to take on Matteo Berrettini in the semi-final on Friday.

  • Nadal meets Iranian tennis sensation

    Rafael Nadal has expressed his joy at being able to inspire Iranian teenage tennis sensation Meshkatolzahra Safi who he met at the Australian Open.

    He told The National: “I was in the corridor and somebody from the tournament just introduced me to her and explained to me a little bit the history.

    “For me it was a pleasure to know more about her, I think it’s amazing, her story; super special to see players from different parts of the world, especially parts of the world that historically we never had players on the tour.

    “I think it’s fantastic to see a player from Iran that now is in the juniors and she already won a match. It’s a great story and it really was a pleasure to meet her.

    “For me, it’s something special. If I am able to inspire anyone to help them to make positive decisions on the lives of the people, it’s something that I am very proud of.

    “In this particular case, if that helped her to try to play tennis and now she is where she is, it’s a big honour for me and I’m super happy for that.”

  • Kyrgios’ battle-cry

    Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios issued a rallying battle cry after seeing off Tim Puetz and Michael Venus in the Australian Open quarter-final.

    Following their emphatic win, a pumped-up Kyrgios declared to Tennis Australia: “I’m not finished, I want to win this f—— thing to be honest.

    Kyrgios’ desire was shared by his partner Kokkinakis who added: “We’re stoked with this win.”

  • Auger-Aliassime speaks on defeat

    Felix Auger-Aliassime has spoken out after his quarter-final defeat to Daniil Medvedev.

    He said: “I always believed I could produce what I did tonight.

    “I showed it, but definitely it’s the difference between knowing that you have this inside of you and actually showing up and doing it and being close from winning, one point close.

    “At the end of the day I think it’s a good message that I send to my fellow players, the people I’m competing with. I mean, I’m ready to test myself with the best, and I have proved it now time after time.”

  • ‘What would Novak do?’

    Daniil Medvedev drew inspiration from Novak Djokovic during his match against Felix Auger-Aliassime – a comment that drew a mix of cheers and boos from the crowd.

    Medvedev said: “I have no idea [how I hung in there]. I was not playing my best and Felix was playing unbelievable. He was all over me and I do not know what to do.

    “So I thought to myself – and some people won’t like this – what would Novak do?”

    “I just fight to the last point and managed to raise my level for the next game. I played better [when the roof was closed]. My hand was slippery [when the roof was closed] so the roof closing helped my hand be less sweaty”

  • Auger-Aliassime vs Medvedev

    Daniil Medvedev has beaten Felix Auger-Aliassime with a score of 7-6 6-3 6-7 5-7 4-6!

    Auger-Aliassime showed tremendous resilience but couldn’t overcome Medvedev.

    The Russian star is now set to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open semi-finals

  • Auger-Aliassime vs Medvedev

    Felix Auger-Aliassime is heading for defeat against Daniil Medvedev.

    Medvedev has been keeping the upper hand and Auger-Alissime will have to break him

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  • Head-to-head

    Daniil Medvedev faces a tough test against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, but it’s a test he’s passed on every previous occasion.

    The pair have met three times, with the Russian winning all three.

    In 2018, Medvedev triumphed 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) at the ATP Masters in Canada.

    Then in last year’s US Open semi-final, Medvedev was 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 winner on his way to a first Grand Slam title.

    And just 18 days ago, Medvedev hammered Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-0 in the ATP Cup in Sydney.

  • Centre of attention

    Daniil Medvedev will be back at the Rod Laver Arena today after fuming at being relegated to the smaller Margaret Court Arena two days ago.

    The world number two said: “First of all is where I really don’t know, like, what should I do to play on centre courts in Grand Slams, because I won the last Grand Slam.

    I mean, I’m highest seed here, and to play against Maxime [Cressy] would be easier on Rod Laver, more space.

    “When you play on a smaller court it’s tougher to play somebody who does serve and volley than on a bigger court.

    “It’s like same in Wimbledon, I haven’t even played on Centre, because I don’t count the fifth set which I played after the rain, after being put on Court 2.”

  • Head-to-head

    Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner have met three times, with the Greek winning twice.

    However, this is their first ever match on a hard court, with all their previous meetings having been on clary.

    In 2019, Tsitsipas ran out comfortable 6-3, 6-2 winner at the ATP Masters in Rome.

    But a year later, Sinner was 6-1, 6-7 (11-9), 6-2 winner at the same competition.

    Then in Barcelona last year, Tsitsipas triumphed 6-3, 6-3.

  • ‘We have a clock’

    Rafael Nadal has denied claims from Denis Shapovalov that he receives preferential treatment from umpires.

    He said: “I really believe that it’s always in the mind that the top players get bigger advantages and, honestly, on court it’s not true.

    “That’s my feeling. I never feel that I had advantages on court, and I really believe that he’s wrong in that case. In the last couple of years we have a clock, we increase the measures to make the things more fair for everyone.

    “I honestly feel sorry for him. I think he played a great match for a long time.

    “Of course, it’s tough to accept to lose a match like this, especially after I was feeling destroyed and probably he felt that, and then I was able to manage to win the match.

    “I wish him all the very best. He’s young, and I think we all make mistakes in our careers.

    “I make a lot of mistakes, too, when I was younger, and probably he will understand later on after he thinks the proper way that probably he was not right today.”

  • Nadal blasted

    Denis Shapovalov claimed Rafael Nadal received preferential treatment during their five-set encounter.

    The beaten Canadian, who labelled the umpire “corrupt” during the match but later retracted the comment, said: “I’ve been ready to play for a minute and a half and he tells me he’s not going to give him a code violation because I’m not ready to play. To me, it’s a big joke.

    “And then after the fourth set, last year I wasn’t allowed to take a toilet break when I asked for a medical.

    “He had already taken two medicals. He was getting medically evaluated, and after the evaluation, the guy goes and takes a toilet break.

    “It’s like, where is the line? I respect everything that Rafa has done and I think he’s an unbelievable player. But there’s got to be some boundaries.

    “It’s just so frustrating as a player. You feel like you’re not just playing against the player, you’re playing against the umpires, you’re playing against so much more.”

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