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« : Grudzień 21, 2019, 06:58:25 »

Melbourne, Australia - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will resume their rivalry in the Australian Open semifinals after each posted four- set quarterfinal victories on Wednesday. Air Force 1 Wholesale . The world No. 1 Nadal was the first to advance, claiming a 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 triumph over 22nd-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, before Federer reached his 11th straight Aussie Open semi with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 victory over fourth-seeded Andy Murray at Rod Laver Arena. The former No. 1 great Federer, seeded sixth at this fortnight, reached the final four of a Grand Slam for the first time since falling to the reigning Wimbledon champion Murray in the Melbourne semis last year. He was a quarterfinal loser at the French Open last spring, then suffered a stunning second-round loss at Wimbledon and a fourth-round exit at the U.S. Open. The 17-time Grand Slam champ is seeking his first Aussie crown since 2010, when he beat Murray in the final. The 26-year-old Murray is a three-time Aussie runner-up, including last year here against Novak Djokovic. After Federer took the first two sets from Murray, including a brisk 31-minute opening stanza, the Brit fought back in the third, saving two match points in the tiebreak. Federer served for the match, leading 5-4 in the third, but Murray notched his first break, on only his first break-point of the match, against the Swiss icon, who had not been broken in 50 consecutive service games. The four-time Aussie Open champion Federer opened up 5-2 and 6-4 leads in the tiebreak, but had the match points thwarted. First a forehand error and then a backhand error as Murray stayed alive. The Scot would then paint a line with a forehand winner to earn a set point and converted to force a fourth set. A resilient Murray kept the match tight in the fourth, but he gave Federer too many open chances. Finally, on his 10th break point of the set, the Swiss stepped in with a big backhand return to set up a winning point and then served things out. Federer broke Murray four times, while the Brit settled for only one break in only two break-point opportunities all night. "Andy played well and put the pressure on me so Im happy to get the win," a relieved Federer said in a courtside interview. "I probably miss more break points than other guys but I keep my composure and keep the poker face and tonight it worked." The 32-year-old Federer is now 10-11 lifetime against Murray, including 2-1 at the Aussie. A rusty Murray returned to action just a few weeks ago after being sidelined for 3 1/2 months following minor back surgery. Meanwhile, the 2009 Aussie Open champ and 2012 runner-up Nadal dropped the first set to Dimitrov on Day 10, but the 13-time major titlist gritted through a pair of tough tiebreaks over the next two sets before running away with the final set at Melbourne Park. The bout ended in 3 hours, 37 minutes. "I was so lucky," Nadal said. "It gives me the opportunity to be in semifinals of a tournament I love so much." It will be the fourth semifinal appearance at the Aussie Open for the reigning U.S. and French Open champ. The rising star Dimitrov, who became the first Bulgarian to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam singles event, dropped to 0-4 in his career against Nadal. He smacked 16 aces in a losing effort. The left-handed Nadal improved to 4-0 lifetime against the 22-year-old Dimitrov. Nadal and Federer will meet for a 33rd time on Friday, with the Spaniard leading the all-time series, 22-10, including 8-2 in Grand Slam action. Nadal is 2-0 versus Federer at the Aussie, including a win in the 2009 finale. The high-flying Nadal has won four straight and eight of their last 10 meetings overall. The "Big Four" of Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Federer have combined to win 34 of the last 35 Grand Slam events. The first mens semifinal will be staged on Thursday, when seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych takes on eighth seed Stanislas Wawrinka. Both men will appear in their first-ever Aussie semi. Wawrinka is 8-5 lifetime against the former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych, but the Czech captured their lone Aussie Open meeting in 2009. Wawrinka bested Berdych in the fourth round at the U.S. Open back in September. Air Force 1 High Wholesale . Both moves were announced Tuesday. The Titans had waived Matthews on Saturday when they promoted wide receiver Michael Preston from the practice squad. Air Force 1 White Cheap . Thats exactly what happened. And they enjoyed every moment. Durant remained sizzling with 33 points, Serge Ibaka added 22 and the Thunder roared back from an abysmal start -- they trailed 22-4 early -- to embarrass the Miami Heat 112-95 on Wednesday night, erasing that big deficit out of the gate by outscoring the two-time defending champions by 43 points over a 33-minute span. http://www.airforce1storesale.com/ . The weekend at Oriole Park has been less kind, with three players suffering varying degrees of injury. The worst ailment of the three, at least optically, is the deep bone bruise suffered by Adam Lind when he fouled a pitch off the top of his right foot in the sixth inning of Saturdays game.Andy Murray will be required to conjure up more of his remarkable powers of recovery if he is to make it through to the knock-out stages of the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday. Having beaten Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori, the world No 1 only needs to win a set against Stan Wawrinka to guarantee his passage through to the semi-finals at the O2 Arena for the first time since 2012. Six months half price Upgrade to Sky Sports to watch Man Utd v Arsenal on Saturday and get the first six months half price But he will have to drag his weary body through another tough test as an explosive season finale draws ever closer. World No 3 Wawrinka showed much better form in beating Cilic on Wednesday than he had in his limp loss to Nishikori and the Swiss knows that a straight-sets win over Murray would maintain his record of always reaching the last four. Sky Live: Murray v Wawrinka Andy Murray takes on Stan Wawrinka at ATP World Tour Finals Nothing comes easy against the very best players in the world, let alone against the US Open champion who has suddenly clicked in London - something Sky Sports analyst Mark Petchey acknowledges.Wawrinka is always the wildcard in the pack, hes the guy that when hes confident, hes got the power to get through tough surfaces and he does a lot of things well, said Petchey. He moves better than people give him credit for and as I say it was an intelligent performance with the use of the slice. Its not just about the power and the showbiz tennis. Wawrinka beat Murray at the Tour Finals in London last year Friday will be the 17th meeting between the pair, with Murray leading the head-to-head record 9-7, and when they do clash, sparks usually fly.Wawrinka, who sealed his first major title at the 2014 Australian Open before winning an ATP Tour1000 event, last faced the Scot in the French Open semi-finals.That was one of Murrays most impressive performances of the season and ended a run of three straight losses to Wawrinka, including at the O2 last year with qualification at stake. Murray also suffered a 6-1 6-2 defeat to Wawrinka at the Monte Carlo Masters in 2013 Wawrinka, who faces a battle to hold on to the world No 3 ranking, said: All I know is, if I want to have a chance to qualify, I need to win. Air Force 1 White Store. . Thats all Im trying to do.Im going to try to play my best tennis, to beat the world No 1. Its going to be a tough match. We played each other many times.The hardcourt surface at the O2 Arena will suit Wawrinkas heavy hitting style of game from both flanks, but hell have a job breaking down a resilient Murray. The 29-year-old is a totally different prospect to the one he faced in the US Open quarter-finals and Monte Carlo Masters in 2013. Mark Petchey and Greg Rusedski discuss Murray’s epic win over Nishikori and his chances against Wawrinka Arguably the most famous meeting between the two came under the Wimbledon lights in 2009 in a contest lasting three minutes short of four hours, which the Scot won in dramatic fashion. Could it more of the same on Friday?Obviously its going to be a tough match, said Petchey. Theyve had a lot of tough matches in the past and this will be another one.Andy is the form player right now and Im sure inside hes feeling pretty invincible every match he steps out on court. WATCH: Murrays double take Andy Murrays remarkable winner against Kei Nishikori was reminiscent of his winner in Rome Weve got a couple of guys out here who are Grand Slam champions who both believe they can win every single match they step out on court with, no matter who theyre playing, where theyre playing in the world, on what surface theyre playing in the world.So both of those players are going to go into that clash on Friday believing and knowing at the moment they still need to win it. Murrays service syndrome over? Andy Murrays service syndrome may be a thing of the past Should Murray win his group, he would play the winner of Thursday evenings clash between Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals. Let battle commence...Check our game-by-game coverage from all group matches at the ATP World Tour Finals in London - including Andy Murray v Stan Wawrinka on Friday afternoon - on skysports.com/tennis, our app for mobile devices and iPad and our Twitter account @skysportstennis.Upgrade to Sky Sports now to watch Man Utd v Arsenal this Saturday and get the first six months half price! Also See: Murray beats Nishikori in epic WATCH: Murrays double take One of the best matches ever Wawrinka keeps hopes alive ' ' '
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