Federer wary of Djokovic clone Chung

Roger Federer stretches for a volley against Richard Gasquet on Saturday
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Roger Federer stretches for a volley against Richard Gasquet on Saturday Credit AFP

The prospect appeared largely to evaporate when Anderson and Godwin surprisingly terminated their lengthy partnership at the end of previous year.

Federer will be lining up for his his 52nd grand slam quarter-final, with the victor to meet either Korean Hyeon Chung or unseeded American Tennys Sandgren on Friday night for a spot in the title decider.

Defending champion Roger Federer swept into a record 14th Australian Open semi-final with a commanding straight sets win over long-time rival Tomas Berdych on Wednesday, January 24.

False alarm: Calls over the stadium speakers for the crowd to evacuate caused a delay to the start the Australian Open men's quarterfinal match between Hyeon Chung and Tennys Sandgren on Rod Laver Arena.

"I find it disappointing when their breakthroughs come at 27, because then we know them for seven years, let's say".

So, in the circumstance, Godwin made a decision to accept the challenge of building on Chung's all-round game and everything has turned out better than he could have expected. "Reminds me a lot of Novak (Djokovic)".

Godwin also confirmed that apart from his link-up with Chung, he has signed up as a consultant with Tennis South Africa during 2018.

The world No 2 is set to play Chung Hyeon in the Australian Open semi-final after coming through his quarter-final with Tomas Berdych.

"I'm definitely going to go out there, try my best, try to play good tennis, and believe in myself that I can do it", he said. He also showed himself endearingly human as he blew a 40-0 lead while serving for the match against Sandgren, joining the long list of athletes blinded by visions of the trophy when closing in on victory.

Sandgren beat fifth-seed Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, after previously upsetting former champion Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the round of 64.

"I don't think that anyone is ever ready for that kind of thing", he said.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion was full of praise for the tenacious Korean youngster and compared him to six-time Australian Open victor Djokovic. "I'm just happy I got out of that first set".

Serving for the win in game 10, Roger created 3 match points with a forehand drive volley victor and he converted the first with a good serve to book his place in the semis.

"I've never played Chung".

The Romanian beat the Czech in three sets in their only Grand Slam encounter, on clay in the semi-final at Roland Garros last season.

Federer's third-round demolition of Berdych a year ago, on the comeback from injury, proved to be a defining moment on his way towards an odds-defying fifth Australian Open triumph. "That's why I think I was actually very nervous going into this match tonight, and that's why I struggled early on", he said.

Halep is carrying a painful ankle injury, but determined to put it out of her mind against towering Czech Pliskova, who are both searching for their first major title. "I'm not really too anxious".

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