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Hello and welcome to our coverage of what are now the closing stages of
the Australian Open. The stakes are getting higher as the days tick by.
We still have a Brit in the mix, Johanna Konta is through to the
quarterfinals after a brilliant performance yesterday. She faces the
great Serena Williams for the first time next. That is tomorrow's story
and today's has the making of a fairy tale. Mischa Zverev took down
the world number one Andy Murray and up next to him, another giant to
slave. COMMENTATOR: The incomparable Roger Federer. True tennis
greatness. Today we have seen talent unlimited. The greatest of all time.
Mischa Zverev. This is going to be quite the watch. This is not his
normal standard, he is exceeding it. A wall of defiance. The best
performance Mischa Zverev has ever produced in his career. I don't know
how I want certain points. It means the most to me to have my family
have. So, if he triumphed over Mischa Zverev today, Roger Federer
knew it would be an all Swiss semifinal of the hen pikas Stan
Wawrinka is already three. He beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.
He is still on for a fourth Grand Slam title in four years. That is
the first quarterfinal to be decided. Rafael Nadal and Milos
Raonic play there is tomorrow. There was one more piece of the puzzle to
complete today. Let's turn our attention to the action. Mischa
Zverev will rise to a career-high world ranking after this tournament,
a round number 34, we think. The crowd only really know him for his
shock victory over Andy Murray. Listen to the reaction for Roger
Federer. CHEERING And four-time champion in Melbourne,
the last of those wins was back in 2010. He looks to have rekindled a
little of the old magic. So, let's see if the great champion has it in
him to reach a 41st Grand Slam semifinal. Let's get into the first
set of 1-0 with Mischa Zverev to serve.
COMMENTATOR: Roger will be playing around the baseline. He will not
like to be further away than maybe an meter, maximum. The Bulls were
becoming much quicker at Zverev. He's missed the last two but did you
see what happened right after that return, he's already moved inside
the court. That will mean the between Roger Federer playing Zverev
and Andy Murray. I looked at some of the Hawk eye
graphics today, in terms of that point. The first serve return, Roger
is inside the baseline a lot of the time. Cutting the ball down, and he
didn't hit one inside the baseline off the first serve. That said, this
was at 190. Roger is going to be staying there on the return but not
only on the return. If he makes the return, still the baseline. Same
thing again. This guy has done his homework so well. He knows this is
what you have to do against a serve and volley player. Look at where
Zverev is sending his first volley tonight. He's behind the service
line. It's perfect, eggs exactly what we
thought might happen. But as the one thing that when Andy looks back at
that match against Zverev, he will feel as though he could have done
differently. He has that deep stance and has done it ever since Brad
Gilbert brought it in against Lopez when they were working together. He
doesn't really ever change that. I think that was the one trick that he
missed. First blemish at the start of this
much from Federer. -- this match. This is what Zverev did well, he was
3-1 down in the first set, down on Andy's serve, he stayed with him and
never gave him room to totally settled.
Good eye. Roger has such a good feel for where he is around the court. It
was a definite let go. If it's going to be near the line he usually takes
it, just to be sure he can put the volley away.
For all the stylish tennis, this is as clinical as I've ever seen him
out here. It's been perfect. It's been a bit measured, no luck so far
for Zverev to settle. -- no look. A terrific start from Federer.
Wanting to stamp his authority on this, and he has. Federer coming
through that first set unruffled. Let's join the second at 2-1 to
Zverev, with Federer to serve. COMMENTATOR: He just missed that
one. Roger just trying to make several rackets. Looking for his
13th possible Australian Open semifinals.
Federer is right back at the level where he played against Andy Murray.
Just a one serve and volley for Federer, so far.
He reacted well, but he couldn't do anything with it. A bit of good
fortune opens the door here for the German.
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. He just kept on thinking, he stuck to
his game plan, tried to improve his own execution. Obviously settling a
bit under these circumstances. He is up 3-1, eight straight points.
In just the last two macro games. -- the last two games. I wonder what
Roger is thinking at the moment. Did I do something wrong besides maybe
hitting enough aces or winner serves? There was a point in the
last game he probably should have made. CHEERING
He was unlucky with that, he should have done well with that forehand.
This is reminiscent of where Zverev was behind the service line, having
to play the half-volley. A good serve. He's having a much better
time of things in the second here with eight out of ten points one to
the German when he's made his first serve. -- won for the German when
he's made his first serve. He's serving smartly. It's only his third
time this game that he serves to Roger's body forehand. Trying to use
the left spin. I think Roger should just keep on
trying to pass. It's a very legitimate shot. I
thought he'd go straight at Zverev, then tried to find a way round him.
Roger is in no mood to take the scenic route. An exchange of breaks,
we rejoin the second set at 5-5. What a great return. Very deep and
good serve of the German. This time he decided not to hit it. Was a
little late and then a slice. Two goods. Kept his composure and
found the target. -- too good. His eyes firmly fixated
on the ball, but now on the prize. Crucial break looms for him.
There it is. It's a process of perfection. An opportunity to get
the break as well. 6-5, Federer. Second set. Smiles in the box. Ivan
Ljubicic, the man with the plan, but it's the man executing the plan who
is looking good right now. And also those balls against Zverev tonight,
he's thinking about that coming at him and Roger found the way through
him. He opened up space by trying to hit Zverev early on.
Roger has to think about closing the set as quickly as he can. It's on
the board, nobody can take it away from him.
He's going to challenge it, for sure. Whether in or out, he just
wants to see. And feel on what he has done with his record, knowing he
did well. Of course, it's in! He knows that when it comes from his
racket. Just the wave Zverev started with
eight points in a row on service games, Roger might do the same here
at the end of the second set -- just the way. Miracle shots in this game
from both men off their forehands. Yes. Zverev fighting hard to find a
way back into this second set. Some quality tennis, he did well to stand
his ground after the return. He's got to be there.
Two gems from Zverev. One myth allows Federer to go up 2- 0- -- one
miss. Into the third set we go at 2-2, no breaks so far and Zverev to
serve. You may wonder why it didn't go
straight through him to start with, he keeps giving Zverev more options
to try to compute to defend the network. -- the net with. Roger
knows the spot, he knows where to hit it. He keeps his focus on the
one and only thing which is looking at the ball. Most of his returns
have been really good. Even write -- even write her. He doesn't have to
look to Zverev, or the court, all he has to do is look to the ball.
Zverev not looking very happy right now. The pace is dropping out of his
serve, he's got to find a big one here, surely. He tried. Changing his
stance a bit, going a bit more to the alley. That first return was too
high. Roger practising his backhand return, it was all about the return
being a bit too high. He swung a little early, that was
considerably slower than his average. It was a very slow serve.
He couldn't speak that one up. -- speed that one up.
He might as well challenge. He's laughing. Did you see that reaction?
He was looking at the Zverev camp. One great way of reacting, actually.
There you go. Come on! Can you believe it?!
CHEERING On the one hand, you've got to give
so much credit to Mischa Zverev for creating a moment of absolute magic.
He doesn't give much, Roger, does he? He's already standing there to
serve again, after the greatest rally of the match! Every single
time, the same pattern. Returned on the middle, depends how deep the
volley is, just a little too short, go straight at him or down the line.
If it's a bit more difficult you go across. Such an instinctive player,
showing much restraint tonight, great discipline. There it is.
Absolutely world-class. It's a clinic out here, how to take care of
a serve and volley in the modern game. Even that returned there was
just, again as you've been saying, just the fact that he knows where
he's trying to hit the ball allows him to make the improvisation and
knock it there. There was no other thought on mind. Confidence, and how
comforting it is that you know where you have to hit it and you don't
have to worry about it. It's all looking at the ball. Not go for it
too much, set yourself up for a passing shot. Knowing is one thing,
but actually executing is another. These balls are still coming at you
like this last one, 169, anywhere between 130 and 197 kilometres per
hour. He didn't apologise. We see the end result is all the time out
here, Roger playing like this. He does just have that mystifying way
of making tennis look ridiculously easy. I was at the hock cup where he
started his year on rehab and he was on the Centre Court to four hours
straight with Sasha one day. Clearly, even for someone like Roger
selling that arena out, that is a long period to tie up Centre Court.
They gave it to him for three. That's his level of intensity and
workrate, still, away from the cameras.
It's a really important game. You have to win it, you have to put it
on the scoreboard. You're never sure against the sky. -- this guy. But, I
think he's a little mentally tired at the moment, the way he goes about
his preparation before the point. He's looking demoralised and
understandably so. He has over 1084 wins, Federer, in his illustrious
career. There have been many who have been in Mischa's situation. To
be here in the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam with the wind he's had to
get through to get here as well is a fantastic effort -- with the wins.
His family are here, what a family, a great story and beautiful people
but it's looking as though it is coming fairly rapidly to an end.
Tell me again why we slowed courts down? I mean, how much fun has this
been to watch between these two? He'd have loved to make that one.
Great volley. What I love to see is Roger's discipline. Especially the
discipline on the return. Why would you do anything else if
that's the play that works for you? Why even bother?
Look where he was. He just sneaked in there. There was a name for this
special return when he takes it so early. Sneak attack by Roger. That's
it. It's like John McEnroe at his
absolute pomp. Take the server early, come in...
He has not deviated from the plan for one second on return. If he is
able to win the next point, I think Zverev is going home. That's how
much it costs if you get a tennis lesson for an hour and a half.
There's no way he'd give you an hour and a half for $100! I'd take $100
on that! Roger, again, it's a wireless net
cord machine that we have now. The players look perplexed about
what is going on. It is not anywhere near. Experienced that today, you
just continue, whether it is let service or not, you just have to
continue playing. He is going to go across. In Singles as well, you have
to continue on a net server. I'm not a big fan of the players also
instinctive and based stop playing a lot of the time. I guess they will
learn relatively quickly to keep playing.
He just keeps on doing it. Brilliant. He has to go for that
double break. I repeat myself, you never know what is going to happen
with Zverev, he could have another great game like at the beginning of
the second, winning eight straight points. It can happen at any time.
That is about the first time that he has tried to widen the return width,
rather than going straight back at the shoelaces of Zverev.
This is just cumulative pressure, he is just desperate to get through it,
but it is just such hard work. Both players, only 11 unforced errors
throughout the match. Good statistics for both players.
Roger with double the winners. That is another one to add to the
collection. And amongst the 57 winners he has hit, just four have
been outright return winners as well, just to highlight the
discipline that he has made Zverev play with. Out of the 57, there were
only six aces. He just missed. It is very clean.
That was a great volley. But in this case, the Doubles.
He continues to fire and to drive to get another game on the board, as
you say, you never know what is round the corner. Yes, he knows
every point is actually match point setback he has to fight. -- and he
has to fight. And he does! It doesn't matter how you do it, as
long as you get it done. We mentioned this volley, 29 out of 70
points won by Zverev. He's got to be tired, looking at his shoelaces!
That is not a winning percentage. He is trying to mix up his serve, we
have seen him down the tea and going out wired. With Roger, whether it
is... That is just on his feet. You also see if the return is just not
low enough, Zverev plays a good volley and the passing becomes more
difficult. He has had to change up in serving,
he did not get a lot of success into the body after Federer was picking
it. He has gone wider and he is salvaging the situation.
He is just feeling the pressure, this is not a difficult volley. He
sees Roger coming in at the same time and he just takes as I off the
ball for a second and he doesn't stick it. -- takes his eye. Just a
metre behind the service line. Is he trying to send out a message for
next time they play? It looked an awful lot like the backhand return
of the first game. When Zverev went up quickly 3-0 and he repeated the
feat towards the end of the match, 5-2 Federer, third set.
Roger Federer finding sensational tennis to work his way to a double
break and a couple of moments later, he's got himself match point.
What a classy performance from Federer, it was absolutely fabulous.
He overwhelms the giant killer who has had such a sensational run at
this year's Australian Open. Mischa Zverev reaching the quarterfinals,
but who better to stop the than Roger Federer?
He played an incredible tournament and he had a great match which is
never easy and he went the distance and on an outside court with those
kind of conditions against John is tough and he backed it up beating
Andy and other great players and I was so happy for him. He has gone
through tough times recently with injuries and it is nice in guys like
this back on the court enjoying themselves and getting a second or
maybe the chance, so it is nice for him and I was really happy he came
out and played such a good match. He gets his career-best ranking now and
he can build on that for the season and they can do it as brothers,
which is cool. What were your expectations coming
here to Australia for the level you were going to play? Not to play
starred in the semifinals! I thought I would maybe win a couple of rounds
depending on the draw, get to a fourth-round quarterfinals, that was
with the swift -- Swiss press, that was my expectation. Was that before
you saw the crazy difficult to draw? This was before I saw the draw and
when I saw the draw and people were talking about the dream draw, I
thought, what is missing, I'm not seeing a dream draw! The press is
there to debate, I'm happy and I never thought it would be this good.
Here I'm still standing against Stan for the semis, it could be good for
both of us. A wonderful day. Sun, both of you guys getting through to
the semifinals and you will play for the 20 seconds time you have played
a lot. What is critical for you in that match to succeed against Stan?
He is a top player, he has turned it around, the US Open, winning the
Grand Slam the last three years. The Davis Cup when it was important, he
was right there for me and forced to learn the. So I saw it close up and
it was cool sharing the court with him and Doubles, he played
unbelievable. To play against Stan, I have to stay aggressive and the
more time I get in, the better he is like most of the big hitters and he
is the biggest we have maybe in the game now. I'm happy for him he's got
this far, but he just needs to go one step further! That is enough
right now. Looking forward to the match and Stan knows I'm joking,
somewhat! Federer happy to stick around for a
long chat with Jim Coria, looking relaxed after such a great
performance. Another Australian Open title potentially seven years after
his last. The top half of the draw is decided, Swiss versus Swiss is
Federer takes on Stan Wawrinka. In the bottom half, Dimitrov against
Goffin and it big test for Rafael Nadal on the comeback trail against
Canada's Milos Raonic, the number three seed. Raonic is back in action
next week when Canada take on Great Britain in the first-round of the
Davis Cup. Teams get picked ten days in advance solely on Smith has made
his choices for the British team. And big news is, there is no Andy
Murray, he has apparently not been completely rolled out and if he
changes his mind, the team may change. For now, it is Kyle Edmund
who lost in the second round in Melbourne and he will play the
Singles with Dan Evans who will not be short of his confidence after his
remarkable move to the fourth round. And Jamie Murray and Inglot travel
to Canada to play the Doubles set backhand you can watch the Davis Cup
first-round tie live from Ottawa from Friday from eight p.m.. And
coverage begins on BBC Two. Before that, all the latest from the
Australian Open and the women's semifinal draw is beginning to take
shape. Angelique Kerber was knocked out in the quarterfinals and the
French Open champion was taking care of. So she goes into her first Grand
Slam semifinal. And how about a revival of Venus Williams? She goes
to the her first Australian Open semifinal in 14 years and she has
done it without dropping a set, so Venus already through, who is going
to join her? Karolina Pliskova and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni play first
tomorrow and the one we have been waiting for, Johanna Konta against
Serena Williams, and we caught up with the code Konta.
She has a lot of respect for Serena but I do believe she can believe she
can win that match. I know it is tough, she never played Serena
before. I'm here to use my experience of my previous matches
against Serena. I will try to prepare her as good as possible for
Serena's game and her mental games. So I believe Johanna will play a
great match and for the result, we are also dependent on the level of
Serena. Konta say she is looking forward to
taking on her childhood hero for the first time and we can't wait. Live
commentary from 2am and live text commentary online.
And you can wake up to the result is not like I will be back with
highlights tomorrow. And there will be live coverage of the world indoor
Bowls Championships from 10am on the red button and on BBC Two from ten
past one. But such your alarm clocks for the biggest test Konta's nerve
and determination, the story of tomorrow. Today's fairy tale was not
to be for 91 and Roger Federer is still writing his own legend. Some
said he was a spent force but today, he proved he could still be the
master of Melbourne once again, thank you for watching, goodbye.
To break someone physically... Agh! ..is not a problem.