Friday 23 March 2018 / 04:03 PM


Defending Roger Federer set up an Australian Open semi-final showdown with youngster Hyeon Chung after both players chalked up emphatic straight-sets wins on Wednesday.

Korean 21-year-old Hyeon swept aside fellow giant-killer Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-3 in the earlier quarter-final, while 36-year-old legend Federer downed an in-form Tomas Berdych 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-4.

In the women’s quarter-finals, top seed Simona Halep and 2016 Australian Open champ Angelique Kerber both breezed in straight sets, crushing Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys respectively.

On Margaret Court Arena the crowd bade an emotional farewell to Australian stalwarts Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth, who officially retired after their doubles loss to Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.


Rod Laver Arena (from 11am AEDT)

21-Angelique Kerber (GER) def 17-Madison Keys (USA) 6-1 6-2
Hyeon Chung (KOR) def Tennys Sandgren (USA) 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-3
1-Simona Halep (ROU) def 6-Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6-3 6-2
2-Roger Federer (SUI) def 19-Tomas Berdych (CZE) 7-6(1) 6-3 6-4

Margaret Court Arena (from 1pm AEDT)

5-Timea Babos (HUN)/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) def 8-Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)/Shuai Peng (CHN) 6-4 6-2
7-Oliver Marach (AUT)/Mate Pavic (CRO) def Marcus Daniell (NZL)/Dominic Inglot (GBR) 6-4 6-7(10) 7-6(5)
11-Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)/Robert Farah (COL) def Sam Groth (AUS)/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 6-4 6-4

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