Australian Open Day 10: Murray reaches semi-finals, Konta’s dream run continues

British number one Andy Murray’s quest for a first Australian Open title continued, as the Scotsman overcame a tough quarter-final with David Ferrer to reach the final four.

There were some moments when Murray struggled for fluency but also produced some of his best tennis as he won the first set and the Spaniard upped his game as he levelled the match at 1-1 winning a tie-breaker, including a brilliant 31-shot rally.

Andy Murray has never won an Australian Open ttile image: rte.ie

Andy Murray has never won an Australian Open title
image: rte.ie

The second seed responded in style with an early break in the third and regained the lead in the match with a second break, before Murray wrapped up a place in the semis with a four-set victory 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2 6-3.

Next up for the Scot is a clash with Milos Raonic, as he secured his passage into a first Australian Open semi-final with a hard-fought win over Frenchman Gaels Monfils.

The Canadian upset Stan Wawrinka in the last round and continued his unbeaten streak in 2016 with a single break in the first, third and fourth sets enough for Raonic to see off the Frenchman and secure a 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 win.

Johanna Konta’s dream run continued in the women’s action as the British number one overcame China’s Shuai Zhang to reach her first ever grand slam semi-final.

After a nervy start for both women, it was Konta to got an early break and a thundering backhand return saw her take a 5-2 lead and while her Chinese opponent narrowed the deficit, before Konta eventually sealed victory to take a 1-0 lead.

Zhang and Konta exchanged breaks in the second and a limp drop-volley from Zhang gifted away the double break and a 5-1 lead, leaving the Briton to serve out the match and bag a 6-4 6-1 win.

Johanna Knota is one match away from a potential final with Serena Williams image: rte.ie

Johanna Konta is one match away from a potential final with Serena Williams
image: rte.ie

Germany’s Angelique Kerber is what stands between Konta and a place in the final, after six seed halted the run of Belarussian Viktoria Azarenka to book the spot in the final four.

Kerber comfortably won the first set but Azarenka fought back to lead 5-2 in the second set but the German turned it around saving five set points to level it up with a break of serve sealing a 6-3 7-5 victory for Kerber.

You can see more results from day 10, including all the doubles action, at this link.

 

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