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Published: 17:58 | 26/1/16

Australian Open round-up

Wins for Federer and Djokovic

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet in the Australian Open men's semi-finals after both cruised through their last-eight matches in fine style.

It will be the 45th meeting between the pair, with score tantalisingly poised at 22 wins each, after both came through their quarter-final matches on Tuesday in straight sets.

Federer, searching for his 18th grand slam title, looked back to his brilliant best as he destroyed Tomas Berdych 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 6-4 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

Djokovic too looked to have shrugged off earlier concerns about his form as he brushed aside Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-2 6-4.

Looking ahead to the semi-final clash with Federer, Djokovic said: "We keep playing each other in nearly every big tournament.

"It's always a big challenge. You don't need to spend words on his achievements - he is a great champion and someone I have a lot of respect for. It will be a great match."

After his win Federer said: "I'm very, very happy because Tomas has caused me a lot of problems over the years. He's one of the guys who makes you a better player.

"I think I played a good match - aggressive, had some variety in there, it was quick conditions so I'm happy I came through this one."

In the women's singles quarter-final, meanwhile, world number one Serena Williams continued her dominance over Maria Sharapova with a straight sets victory.

The American, who has not lost to the Russian in 18 matches stretching back to 2004, eased through 6-4 6-1 and will now meet Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-final.

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