MIRJANA Lucic-Beroni continued her amazing run at Melbourne Park by advancing to the Australian Open Semifinal 2017 Live courtesy of a tough three-set win over fifth seed Karolina Pliskova. That result sees her make it to the final four of a grand slam for the first time since Wimbledon in 1999.She’ll play Serena Williams after the American beat Johanna Konta in straight sets to stay in the hunt for 23rd major trophy.
Rafael Nadal also celebrated a special moment on Rod Laver Arena when he qualified for his first grand slam semi-final in almost three years.In-form Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov earlier moved through to his first Australian Open semi-final when he knocked out No. 11 seed David Goffin in the other men’s quarter-final.
ROD LAVER ARENA
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) defeated (5) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6-4 3-6 6-4
(2) Serena Williams (USA) defeated (9) Johanna Konta (GBR) 6-2 6-3
(15) Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) defeated (11) David Goffin (BEL) 6-3 6-2 6-4
7.30pm — (9) Rafael Nadal (ESP) defated (3) Milos Raonic (CAN) 6-4 7-6 6-4
(4) Henri Kontinen (FIN) and John Peers (AUS) vs Sam Groth (AUS) Chris Guccione (AUS)
MARGARET COURT ARENA
Abigail Spears (USA) and Australian Open Semifinal 2017 Live Stream Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) defeated Michaella Krajicek (NED) and Raven Klaasen (RSA) 6-4 6-3
(11) Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) and Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs Marc Polmans (AUS) and Andrew Whittington (AUS)
(1) Caroline Garcia (FRA) and Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs (12) Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) and Shuai Peng (CHN)
Milos Raonic said his second set injury is related to the same adductor problem that plagued him during the 2016 Australian Open.
The world No. 3 said he injured his adductor at the Brisbane International earlier this month and also carried a flu into the Australian Open last week.
“The backstory is another part of the adductor I damaged in Brisbane,” he said.
“I was healing that before this tournament. I got it to pretty good shape. We still had to monitor it. Then today, I guess I hurt another aspect of it similar to the last two, but not by any means that serious.
“I’m sure that everybody has something they carry. Obviously this tournament, for me in general, these last now two and a half weeks, have been quite difficult just trying to manage everything. First dealing with the physical aspect, getting myself quite ready, I thought, making the most of that, then dealing with the health aspect, then now with this. It was quite a draining two and a half weeks.”
Rafael Nadal is into his 24th grand slam semi-final after an emotional rollercoaster match against No. 3 seed Milos Raonic.
Nadal had to defend six set-points in the second set before eventually jumping Raonic and breaking serve at 5-4 in the third set.
That break of serve handed Nadal a 6-4 7-6 6-4 victory.
It means the top three seeds have all been eliminated.
Nadal dropped to his knees at the end of the match in an emotional display.
“Look at the emotion there,” Channel 7’s Todd Woodbridge said.
“This is a big win, isn’t it? He is down on his knees after it.”
After setting up a blockbuster Australian Open Semifinal Live semi-final with in-form Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, Nadal told Channel 7 there was something very special about returning to a grand slam semi-final for the first time since the 2014 French Open.
He admitted his return after missing nine months of tennis in 2016 made his return to the final four in Melbourne a very special moment for him.
“I am not a very arrogant person so I always have doubts,” Nadal said.
“It’s normal. Even when I was winning a lot I always have doubts so you can imagine I have more when I’m not winning. When I’m injured. That’s good because when you have doubts you feel ready to work more and you know how tough all the victories are. I think I have had a great career, but at the same time I have had tough moments. That makes me enjoy even more the good moments that I am having today. Especially this moment.”
Rafael Nadal called an immediate halt to proceedings during the second set of his quarter-final against Milos Raonic when a sea gull’s droppings became a safety hazard on Rod Laver Arena.
With the match on serve at 4-3, Nadal put his hand up to stop Raonic serving and then told the chair umpire about a spot of “moisture” near the baseline.
The chair umpire had to jump down from the chair and grab a towel herself to hand to a ball boy, who ran over and wiped away the hazard.
It came at a critical point in the match with Raonic under extreme pressure in the third set.
Earlier, Raonic mucked up six set point chances in the second set before watching Nadal take a two set lead when he won the tiebreak 9-7.
Raonic, usually cool under pressure, was caught repeatedly muttering to himself with negative self talk.
“I really fear for Raonic’s racquet if he doesn’t win this set,” Courier said before Raonic lost the set.
“It is in peril. It is in grave danger because he has had so many good chances. That is his favourite shot, off the ground. He didn’t even hit it close.”
RAFAEL Nadal survived six set-points against him to fight back and win a marathon second set.
Nadal had to stare down three set-points against him in the tiebreak before claiming a two-set lead, prevailing 9-7 in the second set tiebreak.
Raonic had two consecutive set points on Nadal’s serve at 5-4, but Nadal came up with two big first serves.
Raonic had a third set point on the second deuce of the game, before Nadal held serve to push the scoreboard to 5-5.
Raonic had the best of the chances in the second set, but was unable to convert any of his four break point opportunities.
He also led 5-3 with a minibreak in the tiebreak and failed to convert both set-point chances at 6-4 in the tiebreak.
Nadal showed incredible grit to stay calm and eventually wrapped up the set on the back of a series of Raonic unforced errors, including a double fault on set-point.