Federer-Berdych, Kerber-Keys Highlight QF Tuesday At Australian Open
by Staff | January 23rd, 2018, 7:10 pm
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Who’ll fill the last four semifinal spots at the Australian Open. We’ll find out Tuesday in Melbourne. On a very loaded schedule, both former champions Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber return along with top threats Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys.

Up first on Rod Laver is a battle between the big-hitting Keys against the tactical Kerber. Kerber leads 6-1 including a win at the 2013 Australian Open. The two met three times in 2016 with Kerber taking all three, but this is their first clash since. Kerber won this title in 2016 while Keys has won 10 of her last 11 matches in Grand Slam play after her US Open final.

“I know what to expect. I know she’s a hard hitter and has a great serve, and then the next few points, balls,” Kerber said of Keys.

Second on is a surprising showdown between American 26-year-old Tennys Sandgren and Korean Hyeon Chung. The two come off huge wins, with Sangren toppling Dominic Thiem and Chung shocking Novak Djokovic.

“Wow, this is hopefully real, you know. If I wake up now, I’m going to be real upset,” said Sandgren.

These two just met in Auckland with Chung winning in three sets.

Following the men, Simona Halep faces former no. 1 Karolina Pliskova. Both are seeking a first Australian Open semifinal. Halep leads 5-1 winning most recently in a 3-setter in the French Open semifinals last year.

“Pliskova is always dangerous,” Halep said. “She’s playing great these days. I’m used to her. I played in Thailand, as well.

“Is going to be new match. You never know what’s going to happen.”

In the nightcap, Roger Federer tries to keep edge over Tomas Berdych. Federer leads 19-6 having won their last eight. And he’s up 7-2 in Slams.

“I’m definitely going to go out there, try my best, try to play good tennis, and believe myself that I can do it,” said Berdych. “I did it in the past, and also, I did it on the slams, so I know how it is to beat him for the best-of-five sets.

“But obviously it’s extremely tough opponent, and, yeah, just to go out there and swing some balls.”


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135 Comments for Federer-Berdych, Kerber-Keys Highlight QF Tuesday At Australian Open

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Its astounding that the eldest of the Big 5 is AGAIN the last one standing. His latest streak has been unbelievable. What a final act to the greatest career in men’s tennis history.

Am I wrong in thinking Fed comes within about 200 points of Rafa for #1 if he wins?


Goon1234 Says:

@Tennis Vagabond: You are right but if you hope he will overtake him soon… It won’t be easy with Indian Wells and Miami wins for Federer and runner-up points for Nadal. Sure, Fed could throw in Dubai but does he want to or should he? And Nadal was only runner-up to Querrey in Acapulco and seems keen to fix that.

Probably more likely during the clay season if Nadal doesn’t win all and Fed decides to play one or two.


Wog Boy Says:

“,..Kerber-Keys Highlight QF …”

Really curious to know what criteria Staff used to say that match between #16 and #20 is highlight and not match between #1 and #6, what am I missing?


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ and the match lived to your expectation 6:1, 6:2 ;)


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
What is Halep on? Last two matches she played almost perfect tennis.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

It’s the “Cahill effect”. She has great respect for him and she told, she want’s to make him proud of her.;)
I have to tell, my respect for this guy for the patience.
Hope she will deliver also vs. Kerber.

BTW. How was Keys-Kerber match? Was Kerber that good or Keys helped a lot?


Van Persie Says:

Do not care about Nr. 1 for Halep, she is not the Nr. 1 type…want to see her lifting a GS. Should she win a GS, everything will be a bonus for me afterwards.


Wog Boy Says:

It’s going to be tough since Kerber had mor success in their matches.

Haven’t seen Kerber/Keys match, only result, it looks like spanking happened.


Wog Boy Says:

BTW, she sounds little bit like Rafa with answers and broken English?:)


Van Persie Says:

Yes WB, Kerber leads Halep 5-4, and she won in the last 2 matches. I see Kerber as fave, but, Halep has her chances.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Yeah, she struggles with her English…and she is not a big fan of interviews. Does not speak much also in Romanian. :)


Van Persie Says:

^^ Just not the talkative at all


Margot Says:

Angie and Simona through, two of my favourite players. Fabulous. Gonna be a very long match between those two. Get your supplies of popcorn in now folks.


Margot Says:

If Fed doesn’t have a good serving day, Berd will win. Already broken Fed’s first game by attacking the second serve, of which there were many.


Van orten Says:

Commentators already writing Federer off after 2 games … lmao


Danica Says:

Nothing against Kerber but would love Simona to go all the way.


FedExpress Says:

3-0 Bird

Bird playing at 200%. NID.


FedExpress Says:

Berdych can create so easy power. Wonders me how he hasnt achieved more.


FedExpress Says:

Was a volley miss at 30-30

Delpo recap


Van orten Says:

Just continue to watch this match fe… you ll see why


Mridul7 Says:

Berdych has to serve exactly like this throughout this match, especially in clutch moments, to have a chance at this.


FedExpress Says:

First set gone in a blink.


Mridul7 Says:

^ Don’t think so, as we know Berdych can be his old self when serving for this.


squirrel Says:

Grrrr Berdych looking good! Come on Fed!


FedExpress Says:

Its the reverse cap squirrel. lol


FedExpress Says:

That challenge.


squirrel Says:

Yeah FedExpress! It helps him feel younger I guess, like he’s 24-yo playing at Wimbledon against Fed, lol. Please nooo


squirrel Says:

Just tocuhes the line, it might be Berd’s lucky day today!


squirrel Says:

2 BPs! Allez Rog!


FedExpress Says:

Dont waste them plz


FedExpress Says:

Loooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllll this is just pathetic. what a luck.


squirrel Says:

Hawkeye sucks at this AO!


FedExpress Says:

total BS that the system not works and the point wents to bird


FedExpress Says:

All BP wasted

Bird has been so lucky


squirrel Says:

Yeah, that wasnt fair as Fed made the return! Weird decision.


FedExpress Says:

And federer is losing the challenge or what

ffs


FedExpress Says:

vuck off birshit

you cant be that lucky . the luck on birds side has been unreal


squirrel Says:

Wow, what a break!!! lovely backhand!


squirrel Says:

Hold to love, seems to be getting better now for Fed!


FedExpress Says:

What a dropper to close the game


FedExpress Says:

Love service game for Bird.


Van orten Says:

Commentators talking about berdych like he had 40 gs trophies at home …


squirrel Says:

Really VO? they’re that excited? Hmmmm


FedExpress Says:

SP Berdych wtf


Mridul7 Says:

This is exactly why Berdych has never gone that extra mile in the slams.


FedExpress Says:

Saved.


FedExpress Says:

Simple Fh netted


FedExpress Says:

SP saved. TB time.


Willow Says:

Shame the crowd has to be so fixated on a player that they cheer an opponents error ….


Willow Says:

Berdychs wife Esther is beautiful ….


FedExpress Says:

4-1 Fed


squirrel Says:

@Willow

Even the players do that, so can’t blame the fans but I understand what you mean, it’s quite tacky


Willow Says:

Hello Squirrel ;-)


FedExpress Says:

5-1 Fed yessssss


squirrel Says:

Yeah, Berd’s wife has to be the most gorgeous one among the player’s wives/gfs!


Willow Says:

Thanks for the message on FB Squirrel yesterday hun ;-)


squirrel Says:

Hello Willow! Glad to have you here, let’s chat!I see you’re happy with NextGen? :)


squirrel Says:

Anytime darling! ;)
Glad to know you weren’t in front of the tv yesterday!


J.S. Says:

Willow – She is drop dead gorgeous!

Can you imagine id Djokovic acted that way to the umpire? Crowd would be booing him!


Margot Says:

Fed all fired up now, takes the first set 7-6.Poor old Tomas couldn’t even win the game in which Fed served 2 doubles.


Willow Says:

Squirrel just loving Chung, and so happy for our Kyle too, i doubt ill get it but would love them both in the final lol ….


Willow Says:

J.S exactly ….


Willow Says:

To parrot a cliche from Fedexpress Berdych choked serving for the set lol ….


Mridul7 Says:

Didn’t quite like the way Federer laughed when Berdych had that let serve late in the breker.


Mridul7 Says:

Just way too tentative from Berdych..you cant wait for Federer to make a mistake and let you off.


Willow Says:

Squirrel no your quite right i didnt even see the match, and ive no desire to either lol ….


squirrel Says:

Yeah Willow, you must be proud of Kyle, hell even I am, he’s so humble the way he compares his experience now to what Murray is going trhoguh the last 8 years, hehe


Willow Says:

Squirrel ;-) thumbs up for you my friend, you know where your nuts are lol ….


squirrel Says:

hahaha always! ;)


squirrel Says:

Are you sleeping FedExpress? Our man is doing better now ;)


Willow Says:

Berdych is folding like a cheap suit Federer in 3, third set wont even be close, sad when posters call the players they dont like names ….


squirrel Says:

Yeah Willow, that’s definitely uncalled for..


Willow Says:

Squirrel Federer in 3, wouldnt be surprised if the next set is a bagel or breadstick, first set was good very competitive, then Berdych just fell away, i dont hate Federer i just wanted to see a competitive match which it was at the start, just got a bit dissapointing from a neutral perspective though now ….


j-kath Says:

Sorri folks – best looking player’s wife is Kim Murray – and I don’t think I’m prejudiced.

Definitely Fed is going to win this match – only question I have is: Will Berdych get one set?


FedExpress Says:

On my way home squirrel. Watching the mach on mobile. Cant write that much.

Allezzzzzz

MTO birdh


Van Persie Says:

Haha,

J-Kath, my husband would not agree. He like’s Tsonga’s wife. Matter of taste, I suppose.


Willow Says:

J-Kath Rafas girlfriend Xisca has a look of my best friend that lives in Yorkshire, and shes not only beautiful on the outside, but also such a lovely person on the inside so im biased lol

Anyway Federer in 3, cant see TB even winning a set, not even close ….


FedExpress Says:

That defense

oh my godness


squirrel Says:

Yeah Willow, such a shame it can’t be more competitive but oh well, I can’t complain! ;)

I hope you’re not the one driving FedExpres!


Willow Says:

Squirrel lol ….


Daniel Says:

Fed got an early break in set 3 only to give it back, now 15-30.


Van orten Says:

Keep up the pressure magic rog !!!


Daniel Says:

BH DTL winner to break. Now go and hold.


Daniel Says:

Overall Fed’s first serve is low, 58%, he could increase a bit. Berdych also awful at 54%.


Daniel Says:

I asked for and this game he had 3 first serves in;-) 4-2


Daniel Says:

Federer serving for semis #14 on AO.


Giles Says:

Ole man didn’t forget his magic potion it seems. Probably od’d for today. Lol


Daniel Says:

44 Grand Slams semis. 2 more to go. Keep it up!

Chung should be a test with his brick wall return and Fed will play more rallies than he played so far.


squirrel Says:

Yeah, the match with Chung will be something for sure!


FedExpress Says:

What a match.

He should beat Chung.


Willow Says:

Fedexpress Chung needs to save tennis ;-)


Willow Says:

Squirrel i hope for a cracker ;-)


squirrel Says:

Old man, frauderer….many name-calling, like Willow mentioned before, no need for this please. Be respectful…


tennis lover Says:

Fed winning the is the saving of tennis. He represent the sports at its magisterial best. Beauty, finesse, artistry and a game embodiment of renaissance- That is Federer for you; The more he wins the better the game becomes. RIP boring one dimensional baseline slug fest that characterizes Nadal and Djokovic. Both, we all admit, Nadal and djokovic is also among all time greats in tennis. But, they do not have virtues of Federer’s game. Had they possessed the virtues of Federer’s game, Tennis would have been blessed with holy trinity.


squirrel Says:

Yeah me too Willow! I’m stressed out because I think Chung can really beat Federer because he’s playing like Djokovic and all…we’ll see…


tennis lover Says:

Fed winning is the saving of tennis. He represent the sports at its magisterial best. Beauty, finesse, artistry and a game embodiment of renaissance- That is Federer for you; The more he wins the better the game becomes. RIP boring one dimensional baseline slug fest that characterizes Nadal and Djokovic. Both, we all admit, Nadal and djokovic is also among all time greats in tennis. But, they do not have virtues of Federer’s game. Had they possessed the virtues of Federer’s game, Tennis would have been blessed with holy trinity.


squirrel Says:

Well put tennis lover!


j-kath Says:

Thank you ladies for your views. Long live the freedom of choice. Can agree Xisca is probably the loveliest person inside.
And VP not surprised at your hubbie’s choice – Tsonga’s wife has that je ne sais quoi about her.


squirrel Says:

Though I do not agree saying Rafa’s and Nole’s game is boring… But I do prefer Roger’s style


Willow Says:

Squirrel and Tennis Lover lol im just teasing Fedexpress, please dont take me too seriously lol ….


squirrel Says:

I did not Willow, don’t worry, lol. Haha I’ve seen you’ve always managed to tease him!


Van orten Says:

Now fed plays against the 100 time gs champion Chung … we shouldn’t underestimate the young gun Federer though .. he showed today he can play good tennis …


Giles Says:

“ Be respectful”?? Are you serious? You mean as respectful as Toni N aka Dave?


Naderer Says:

I wish Nadal was still in the circuit. As for Roger fans, remember what happened at ATP WTF 2017, everyone thought it was a smooth sail for him after Nadal withdrew. But all the best for him.


squirrel Says:

TonyN and Dave are also not being respectful, you don’t have to copy them though…

Come on Giles, most of the times I find you funny, I like your posts, just saying that it would nice if you’re more respectful but relax, I’m not lecturing you or anything! haha


squirrel Says:

Good reminder Naderer. Even if Fed passes Chung’s test, Kyle or Cilic can be super dangerous, let’s hope for the best!


Van Persie Says:

J-Kath,

“Can agree Xisca is probably the loveliest person inside.”

will be a bit cheeky : Cannot agree or disagree, never been there, inside I mean ;)

Husband likes her too, as outside, has weakness for brunettes. That’s why we are together. lol


Giles Says:

squirrel. :))


Van Persie Says:

But since we are talking about ladies: for my taste, Muguruza is the most beautiful, from WTA


Willow Says:

There are many beautiful women on the WTA, Wozniacki, Mugaruza, Giorgi, Halep, Vika, Venus, Cilulkova, for me the most beautiful was the retired Anna Ivanovic ….


Willow Says:

My hubby likes hippy yorkshire ladies thats why we are together lol ;-)


squirrel Says:

I know it might be too obvious, but I still think that Sharapova is the most beautiful one, past and present :)


yah Says:

Congrats to the GOAT, My GOAT


Daniel Says:

Past, Gabriela Sabatini! Who actually is more beautiful now than in her 80′s hair


Willow Says:

Squirrel its the one that most men seem to like, she is indeed very beautiful, dont much like her on court shenanagins thats what i dont care for, had people here that have attacked me in the past saying its a jealous women thing beacause of her looks yawn, when actually its the integrity of the sport thing lol, theres quite a few men that are hotties too lol ….


Willow Says:

Daniel true i would add Seles too ;-)


squirrel Says:

True Willow, people seem to be really put off by some of her antics. But how dare them accuse you of being jealous, when you’re always very impartial! :)


Michael Says:

Well with the emphatic way Berdych dismantled Del Potro, it aroused great hopes that at last he would be a tough nut to crack atleast this time around against Roger and the match might go the distance. The impressive start by Berdych thanks to the shanking by Roger only fuelled such expectations even further. But then the familiar ritual turned up with the GOAT slaughtering Berdych on the court once he manages to turn around the match by snatching a break at the last moment in the first set and then it was all over. Roger in his 14th semifinal at the Australian open. To describe this feat,we need a new word over incredible.


Willow Says:

Michael are you pulling for Roger to win the AO, or somebody else thats left given how much you hate players dominating ?


Willow Says:

Thankyou Squirrel ;-)


Daniel Says:

For Berdych to beat Federer or be fully competitive he needs his serve working above 65%. All matches he is a bit erratic on serve, Federer bloclk a lot of balls back and he is in trouble.

Same with DelPo and will be the same if he reaches finals and play Cilic. These big hitters heavy serves needs it against Roger. If they start second guessing and not relying too much on serve, with Fed´s improve return game it can be a washout.

To me this tounery seems we haven’t seen the best of Roger yet. He won all 5 matches in straights, but there were 4 tiebreaks already I think and several 6-3; 6-4 sets. He is yet to have one of those amazing performances, he is knwon off in Salms and he usually picks in semis and finals. And the truth is, he may not even need it this time.

Chung will get a lot of balls back, but I bet Fed will mix it up and charge the net whenever possible, finish poitns at the net and not engage in long exchanges to allow him rhythm.

Chungs serve is breakable, he was broken multiple times by Djoko and Sandgren, but came out on top. Fed can protect his serve better.


Willow Says:

I See Delpo as a player that can have a great day and pull off the occasional upset against the top players, but i dont see him as a GS contender anymore, when it comes to players that have won GS i think going forward Cilic has a better chance of adding to his count out of the two players on tour with one GS ….


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Daniel, I think you’re right. Fed could win the tournament without dropping a set. I haven’t seen him play: is he new-styling his returns (taking swings) or old-style (blocking)? How’s his backhand? Is he anywhere near the form he had last year?

Willow, I’m not sure. I doubt either will with another grand slam. We’ve had very diminished superstar rosters at the last several slams, and they haven’t taken advantage. They could get lucky and have to win only 1 tough match, as Fed might this week. But if they have to go through two or three stars, as Del Potro had to at the USO, I think they’ll fall short. Wouldn’t shock me if they can achieve it, Del Potro’s already made miracles in his comeback. But it feels like, as Berdych or Tsonga or Ferrer were for years, they will always be a hair below the top guys when it counts.


Willow Says:

TX true highly unlikely ….


Daniel Says:

TV,

He is playing great, serve, driving returs, made some returns winners. FH working and BH same as last year. several BH winners also.

Just that he seems saving himself, he is not going full focused to win sets 6-1, 6-2. As if he is more mature, more relaxed on court.

Let’s see next 2 rounds. Chung will be the first real defensive baseliner he will play. all the other matches were pretty fast with attacking players, many with nig serves.


Tony N Says:

Giles Says: ‘ “ Be respectful”?? Are you serious? You mean as respectful as Toni N and Dave?’
squirrel Says: ‘TonyN and Dave are also not being respectful, you don’t have to copy them though…’
squirrel: Giles created ‘disrespecting’ without copying anyone. Only a gullible woman gets suckered by Giles the Original DisRespecter.


Willow Says:

I Know Squirrel is a guy, and a very respectful posters to other fans and to other player ….


Willow Says:

Players, but to add hes (Squirrel) also very funny and posts with a dry sense of humour, hes a good friend of mine too, he doesnt post here that often, and has never ever said a bad word about anybody, some people are not even worthy of licking his shoes clean pftt ….


Van Persie Says:

^^ Ok, Willow, we will let you lick them his shoes, personally I am not a fan :)


Willow Says:

Van Persie i dont think you got my point, i just thought it really unfair to see Squirrel attacked like that, and couldnt let it go ….


Van Persie Says:

Ok, ok, Willow…get it…do not want to have an argument with you. I just find this expression very funny, that’s all.


Willow Says:

Van Persie there was no argument, its all cool :-)


Van Persie Says:

Willow, we have this also in Romanian, did not ever understand, why so many are using it. ;)


Willow Says:

Van persie lol

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