Day 9 Australian Open Tennis


Day 9

Katherine Downes with highlights from the quarter-finals of the Australian Open including Roger Federer v Mischa Zverev.


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Hello and welcome to our coverage of what are now the closing stages of

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the Australian Open. The stakes are getting higher as the days tick by.

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We still have a Brit in the mix, Johanna Konta is through to the

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quarterfinals after a brilliant performance yesterday. She faces the

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great Serena Williams for the first time next. That is tomorrow's story

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and today's has the making of a fairy tale. Mischa Zverev took down

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the world number one Andy Murray and up next to him, another giant to

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slave. COMMENTATOR: The incomparable Roger Federer. True tennis

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greatness. Today we have seen talent unlimited. The greatest of all time.

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Mischa Zverev. This is going to be quite the watch. This is not his

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normal standard, he is exceeding it. A wall of defiance. The best

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performance Mischa Zverev has ever produced in his career. I don't know

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how I want certain points. It means the most to me to have my family

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have. So, if he triumphed over Mischa Zverev today, Roger Federer

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knew it would be an all Swiss semifinal of the hen pikas Stan

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Wawrinka is already three. He beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.

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He is still on for a fourth Grand Slam title in four years. That is

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the first quarterfinal to be decided. Rafael Nadal and Milos

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Raonic play there is tomorrow. There was one more piece of the puzzle to

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complete today. Let's turn our attention to the action. Mischa

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Zverev will rise to a career-high world ranking after this tournament,

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a round number 34, we think. The crowd only really know him for his

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shock victory over Andy Murray. Listen to the reaction for Roger

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Federer. CHEERING And four-time champion in Melbourne,

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the last of those wins was back in 2010. He looks to have rekindled a

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little of the old magic. So, let's see if the great champion has it in

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him to reach a 41st Grand Slam semifinal. Let's get into the first

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set of 1-0 with Mischa Zverev to serve.

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COMMENTATOR: Roger will be playing around the baseline. He will not

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like to be further away than maybe an meter, maximum. The Bulls were

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becoming much quicker at Zverev. He's missed the last two but did you

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see what happened right after that return, he's already moved inside

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the court. That will mean the between Roger Federer playing Zverev

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and Andy Murray. I looked at some of the Hawk eye

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graphics today, in terms of that point. The first serve return, Roger

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is inside the baseline a lot of the time. Cutting the ball down, and he

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didn't hit one inside the baseline off the first serve. That said, this

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was at 190. Roger is going to be staying there on the return but not

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only on the return. If he makes the return, still the baseline. Same

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thing again. This guy has done his homework so well. He knows this is

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what you have to do against a serve and volley player. Look at where

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Zverev is sending his first volley tonight. He's behind the service

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line. It's perfect, eggs exactly what we

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thought might happen. But as the one thing that when Andy looks back at

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that match against Zverev, he will feel as though he could have done

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differently. He has that deep stance and has done it ever since Brad

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Gilbert brought it in against Lopez when they were working together. He

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doesn't really ever change that. I think that was the one trick that he

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missed. First blemish at the start of this

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much from Federer. -- this match. This is what Zverev did well, he was

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3-1 down in the first set, down on Andy's serve, he stayed with him and

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never gave him room to totally settled.

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Good eye. Roger has such a good feel for where he is around the court. It

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was a definite let go. If it's going to be near the line he usually takes

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it, just to be sure he can put the volley away.

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For all the stylish tennis, this is as clinical as I've ever seen him

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out here. It's been perfect. It's been a bit measured, no luck so far

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for Zverev to settle. -- no look. A terrific start from Federer.

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Wanting to stamp his authority on this, and he has. Federer coming

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through that first set unruffled. Let's join the second at 2-1 to

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Zverev, with Federer to serve. COMMENTATOR: He just missed that

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one. Roger just trying to make several rackets. Looking for his

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13th possible Australian Open semifinals.

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Federer is right back at the level where he played against Andy Murray.

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Just a one serve and volley for Federer, so far.

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He reacted well, but he couldn't do anything with it. A bit of good

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fortune opens the door here for the German.

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Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. He just kept on thinking, he stuck to

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his game plan, tried to improve his own execution. Obviously settling a

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bit under these circumstances. He is up 3-1, eight straight points.

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In just the last two macro games. -- the last two games. I wonder what

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Roger is thinking at the moment. Did I do something wrong besides maybe

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hitting enough aces or winner serves? There was a point in the

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last game he probably should have made. CHEERING

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He was unlucky with that, he should have done well with that forehand.

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This is reminiscent of where Zverev was behind the service line, having

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to play the half-volley. A good serve. He's having a much better

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time of things in the second here with eight out of ten points one to

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the German when he's made his first serve. -- won for the German when

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he's made his first serve. He's serving smartly. It's only his third

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time this game that he serves to Roger's body forehand. Trying to use

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the left spin. I think Roger should just keep on

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trying to pass. It's a very legitimate shot. I

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thought he'd go straight at Zverev, then tried to find a way round him.

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Roger is in no mood to take the scenic route. An exchange of breaks,

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we rejoin the second set at 5-5. What a great return. Very deep and

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good serve of the German. This time he decided not to hit it. Was a

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little late and then a slice. Two goods. Kept his composure and

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found the target. -- too good. His eyes firmly fixated

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on the ball, but now on the prize. Crucial break looms for him.

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There it is. It's a process of perfection. An opportunity to get

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the break as well. 6-5, Federer. Second set. Smiles in the box. Ivan

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Ljubicic, the man with the plan, but it's the man executing the plan who

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is looking good right now. And also those balls against Zverev tonight,

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he's thinking about that coming at him and Roger found the way through

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him. He opened up space by trying to hit Zverev early on.

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Roger has to think about closing the set as quickly as he can. It's on

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the board, nobody can take it away from him.

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He's going to challenge it, for sure. Whether in or out, he just

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wants to see. And feel on what he has done with his record, knowing he

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did well. Of course, it's in! He knows that when it comes from his

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racket. Just the wave Zverev started with

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eight points in a row on service games, Roger might do the same here

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at the end of the second set -- just the way. Miracle shots in this game

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from both men off their forehands. Yes. Zverev fighting hard to find a

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way back into this second set. Some quality tennis, he did well to stand

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his ground after the return. He's got to be there.

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Two gems from Zverev. One myth allows Federer to go up 2- 0- -- one

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miss. Into the third set we go at 2-2, no breaks so far and Zverev to

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serve. You may wonder why it didn't go

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straight through him to start with, he keeps giving Zverev more options

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to try to compute to defend the network. -- the net with. Roger

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knows the spot, he knows where to hit it. He keeps his focus on the

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one and only thing which is looking at the ball. Most of his returns

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have been really good. Even write -- even write her. He doesn't have to

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look to Zverev, or the court, all he has to do is look to the ball.

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Zverev not looking very happy right now. The pace is dropping out of his

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serve, he's got to find a big one here, surely. He tried. Changing his

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stance a bit, going a bit more to the alley. That first return was too

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high. Roger practising his backhand return, it was all about the return

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being a bit too high. He swung a little early, that was

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considerably slower than his average. It was a very slow serve.

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He couldn't speak that one up. -- speed that one up.

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He might as well challenge. He's laughing. Did you see that reaction?

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He was looking at the Zverev camp. One great way of reacting, actually.

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There you go. Come on! Can you believe it?!

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CHEERING On the one hand, you've got to give

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so much credit to Mischa Zverev for creating a moment of absolute magic.

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He doesn't give much, Roger, does he? He's already standing there to

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serve again, after the greatest rally of the match! Every single

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time, the same pattern. Returned on the middle, depends how deep the

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volley is, just a little too short, go straight at him or down the line.

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If it's a bit more difficult you go across. Such an instinctive player,

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showing much restraint tonight, great discipline. There it is.

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Absolutely world-class. It's a clinic out here, how to take care of

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a serve and volley in the modern game. Even that returned there was

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just, again as you've been saying, just the fact that he knows where

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he's trying to hit the ball allows him to make the improvisation and

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knock it there. There was no other thought on mind. Confidence, and how

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comforting it is that you know where you have to hit it and you don't

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have to worry about it. It's all looking at the ball. Not go for it

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too much, set yourself up for a passing shot. Knowing is one thing,

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but actually executing is another. These balls are still coming at you

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like this last one, 169, anywhere between 130 and 197 kilometres per

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hour. He didn't apologise. We see the end result is all the time out

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here, Roger playing like this. He does just have that mystifying way

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of making tennis look ridiculously easy. I was at the hock cup where he

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started his year on rehab and he was on the Centre Court to four hours

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straight with Sasha one day. Clearly, even for someone like Roger

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selling that arena out, that is a long period to tie up Centre Court.

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They gave it to him for three. That's his level of intensity and

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workrate, still, away from the cameras.

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It's a really important game. You have to win it, you have to put it

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on the scoreboard. You're never sure against the sky. -- this guy. But, I

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think he's a little mentally tired at the moment, the way he goes about

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his preparation before the point. He's looking demoralised and

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understandably so. He has over 1084 wins, Federer, in his illustrious

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career. There have been many who have been in Mischa's situation. To

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be here in the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam with the wind he's had to

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get through to get here as well is a fantastic effort -- with the wins.

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His family are here, what a family, a great story and beautiful people

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but it's looking as though it is coming fairly rapidly to an end.

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Tell me again why we slowed courts down? I mean, how much fun has this

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been to watch between these two? He'd have loved to make that one.

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Great volley. What I love to see is Roger's discipline. Especially the

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discipline on the return. Why would you do anything else if

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that's the play that works for you? Why even bother?

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Look where he was. He just sneaked in there. There was a name for this

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special return when he takes it so early. Sneak attack by Roger. That's

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it. It's like John McEnroe at his

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absolute pomp. Take the server early, come in...

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He has not deviated from the plan for one second on return. If he is

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able to win the next point, I think Zverev is going home. That's how

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much it costs if you get a tennis lesson for an hour and a half.

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There's no way he'd give you an hour and a half for $100! I'd take $100

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on that! Roger, again, it's a wireless net

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cord machine that we have now. The players look perplexed about

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what is going on. It is not anywhere near. Experienced that today, you

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just continue, whether it is let service or not, you just have to

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continue playing. He is going to go across. In Singles as well, you have

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to continue on a net server. I'm not a big fan of the players also

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instinctive and based stop playing a lot of the time. I guess they will

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learn relatively quickly to keep playing.

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He just keeps on doing it. Brilliant. He has to go for that

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double break. I repeat myself, you never know what is going to happen

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with Zverev, he could have another great game like at the beginning of

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the second, winning eight straight points. It can happen at any time.

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That is about the first time that he has tried to widen the return width,

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rather than going straight back at the shoelaces of Zverev.

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This is just cumulative pressure, he is just desperate to get through it,

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but it is just such hard work. Both players, only 11 unforced errors

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throughout the match. Good statistics for both players.

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Roger with double the winners. That is another one to add to the

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collection. And amongst the 57 winners he has hit, just four have

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been outright return winners as well, just to highlight the

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discipline that he has made Zverev play with. Out of the 57, there were

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only six aces. He just missed. It is very clean.

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That was a great volley. But in this case, the Doubles.

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He continues to fire and to drive to get another game on the board, as

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you say, you never know what is round the corner. Yes, he knows

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every point is actually match point setback he has to fight. -- and he

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has to fight. And he does! It doesn't matter how you do it, as

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long as you get it done. We mentioned this volley, 29 out of 70

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points won by Zverev. He's got to be tired, looking at his shoelaces!

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That is not a winning percentage. He is trying to mix up his serve, we

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have seen him down the tea and going out wired. With Roger, whether it

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is... That is just on his feet. You also see if the return is just not

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low enough, Zverev plays a good volley and the passing becomes more

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difficult. He has had to change up in serving,

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he did not get a lot of success into the body after Federer was picking

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it. He has gone wider and he is salvaging the situation.

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He is just feeling the pressure, this is not a difficult volley. He

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sees Roger coming in at the same time and he just takes as I off the

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ball for a second and he doesn't stick it. -- takes his eye. Just a

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metre behind the service line. Is he trying to send out a message for

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next time they play? It looked an awful lot like the backhand return

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of the first game. When Zverev went up quickly 3-0 and he repeated the

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feat towards the end of the match, 5-2 Federer, third set.

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Roger Federer finding sensational tennis to work his way to a double

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break and a couple of moments later, he's got himself match point.

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What a classy performance from Federer, it was absolutely fabulous.

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He overwhelms the giant killer who has had such a sensational run at

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this year's Australian Open. Mischa Zverev reaching the quarterfinals,

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but who better to stop the than Roger Federer?

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He played an incredible tournament and he had a great match which is

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never easy and he went the distance and on an outside court with those

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kind of conditions against John is tough and he backed it up beating

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Andy and other great players and I was so happy for him. He has gone

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through tough times recently with injuries and it is nice in guys like

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this back on the court enjoying themselves and getting a second or

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maybe the chance, so it is nice for him and I was really happy he came

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out and played such a good match. He gets his career-best ranking now and

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he can build on that for the season and they can do it as brothers,

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which is cool. What were your expectations coming

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here to Australia for the level you were going to play? Not to play

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starred in the semifinals! I thought I would maybe win a couple of rounds

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depending on the draw, get to a fourth-round quarterfinals, that was

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with the swift -- Swiss press, that was my expectation. Was that before

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you saw the crazy difficult to draw? This was before I saw the draw and

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when I saw the draw and people were talking about the dream draw, I

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thought, what is missing, I'm not seeing a dream draw! The press is

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there to debate, I'm happy and I never thought it would be this good.

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Here I'm still standing against Stan for the semis, it could be good for

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both of us. A wonderful day. Sun, both of you guys getting through to

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the semifinals and you will play for the 20 seconds time you have played

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a lot. What is critical for you in that match to succeed against Stan?

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He is a top player, he has turned it around, the US Open, winning the

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Grand Slam the last three years. The Davis Cup when it was important, he

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was right there for me and forced to learn the. So I saw it close up and

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it was cool sharing the court with him and Doubles, he played

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unbelievable. To play against Stan, I have to stay aggressive and the

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more time I get in, the better he is like most of the big hitters and he

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is the biggest we have maybe in the game now. I'm happy for him he's got

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this far, but he just needs to go one step further! That is enough

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right now. Looking forward to the match and Stan knows I'm joking,

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somewhat! Federer happy to stick around for a

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long chat with Jim Coria, looking relaxed after such a great

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performance. Another Australian Open title potentially seven years after

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his last. The top half of the draw is decided, Swiss versus Swiss is

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Federer takes on Stan Wawrinka. In the bottom half, Dimitrov against

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Goffin and it big test for Rafael Nadal on the comeback trail against

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Canada's Milos Raonic, the number three seed. Raonic is back in action

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next week when Canada take on Great Britain in the first-round of the

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Davis Cup. Teams get picked ten days in advance solely on Smith has made

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his choices for the British team. And big news is, there is no Andy

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Murray, he has apparently not been completely rolled out and if he

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changes his mind, the team may change. For now, it is Kyle Edmund

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who lost in the second round in Melbourne and he will play the

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Singles with Dan Evans who will not be short of his confidence after his

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remarkable move to the fourth round. And Jamie Murray and Inglot travel

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to Canada to play the Doubles set backhand you can watch the Davis Cup

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first-round tie live from Ottawa from Friday from eight p.m.. And

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coverage begins on BBC Two. Before that, all the latest from the

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Australian Open and the women's semifinal draw is beginning to take

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shape. Angelique Kerber was knocked out in the quarterfinals and the

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French Open champion was taking care of. So she goes into her first Grand

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Slam semifinal. And how about a revival of Venus Williams? She goes

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to the her first Australian Open semifinal in 14 years and she has

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done it without dropping a set, so Venus already through, who is going

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to join her? Karolina Pliskova and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni play first

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tomorrow and the one we have been waiting for, Johanna Konta against

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Serena Williams, and we caught up with the code Konta.

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She has a lot of respect for Serena but I do believe she can believe she

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can win that match. I know it is tough, she never played Serena

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before. I'm here to use my experience of my previous matches

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against Serena. I will try to prepare her as good as possible for

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Serena's game and her mental games. So I believe Johanna will play a

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great match and for the result, we are also dependent on the level of

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Serena. Konta say she is looking forward to

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taking on her childhood hero for the first time and we can't wait. Live

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commentary from 2am and live text commentary online.

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And you can wake up to the result is not like I will be back with

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highlights tomorrow. And there will be live coverage of the world indoor

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Bowls Championships from 10am on the red button and on BBC Two from ten

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past one. But such your alarm clocks for the biggest test Konta's nerve

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and determination, the story of tomorrow. Today's fairy tale was not

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to be for 91 and Roger Federer is still writing his own legend. Some

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said he was a spent force but today, he proved he could still be the

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master of Melbourne once again, thank you for watching, goodbye.

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To break someone physically... Agh! ..is not a problem.

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Katherine Downes introduces highlights from the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne including Roger Federer v Mischa Zverev.

In 2016, defending champion Serena Williams continued her winning streak against Maria Sharapova, recording her eighteenth successive victory over the Russian to reach the semi-finals.


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