MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Highlights of the ninth day at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Tuesday (times AEDT; GMT+11):
1848 FEDERER DIGS DEEP TO DEFEAT SANDGREN
Six-times champion Roger Federer saved seven match points in his clash against unseeded American Tennys Sandgren, prevailing 6-3 2-6 2-6 7-6(8) 6-3 to reach his 46th Grand Slam semi-final.
The victory was Federer’s 102nd at Melbourne as the 38-year-old Swiss surpassed his tally at Wimbledon.
1813 MUM’S THE WORD FOR BARTY
Australia’s Ash Barty battled past Petra Kvitova with her family watching on in the stands and the world number one was asked about the role her mother Josie plays in her career.
“To me she’s mum. That’s all she is… she wears a million hats for our family… does the exact same things for me as she does for my sisters. I love her just being mum,” Barty said.
1450 BARTY ACES KVITOVA TEST
Top seed Ash Barty came through a tough opening set before switching gears to beat 2019 runner-up Petra Kvitova 7-6(6) 6-2 in the quarter-final to keep alive Australia’s hopes of a first women’s champion in 42 years.
1424 JABEUR FEELING THE LOVE FROM TUNISIA
Following her straight-sets quarter-final defeat by American Sofia Kenin, Ons Jabeur reflected on the impact her Melbourne run has had back home in Tunisia.
“My phone is still going crazy right now. I actually talked to the president of Tunisia. He called me, wished me good luck. That was really nice of him,” Jabeur, the first Arab woman to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam, told reporters.
1249 KENIN FELLS JABEUR TO SEAL SEMI-FINAL SPOT
American Sofia Kenin fired 34 winners in a solid 6-4 6-4 victory over Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.
1105 KENIN, JABEUR ON COURT TO OPEN QUARTER-FINALS
American 14th seed Sofia Kenin and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur are first up on Rod Laver Arena with both playing in their first Grand Slam quarter-final match.
Local favorite and world number one Ash Barty will follow the pair onto the main showcourt against last year’s beaten finalist Petra Kvitova, while Roger Federer closes the day session against American journeyman Tennys Sandgren.
Seven-times men champion Novak Djokovic faces the resurgent Canadian Milos Raonic in the evening.
(Compiled by Greg Stutchbury and Shrivathsa Sridhar; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman/Peter Rutherford)