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Konta into Australian Open quarter finals

Johanna Konta was in fine form. Credit: Reuters

British No.1 Johanna Konta has secured a place in the Australian Open quarter-finals after beating Ekaterina Makarova in three sets (4-6 6-4 8-6).

Konta becomes the first British woman to make it to the last eight of a Grand Slam since 1984.

"Mentally, emotionally, physically, I left it all out here on court," Konta said.

"I tried to hang in there and just run after every ball and keep fighting. That's all I can do and fortunately I was able to capitalise on some opportunities and close out in the end."

Djokovic: Victory over Simon was a match to forget

Novak Djokovic described it as a day to forget after the Serb made 100 unforced errors in his battling five-set win over Gilles Simon at the Australian Open.

Djokovic was far from his metronomic best at Rod Laver Arena as he missed 51 forehands, 48 backhands and was broken four times.

Djokovic managed the win. Credit: PA

Simon, however, was unable to capitalise as the world number one dug deep to grind out a 6-3 6-7 (1/7) 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory and book a quarter-final match-up with Japan's Kei Nishikori.

"I was obviously pleased to win the match. The last point counts. But in terms of the performance itself, I haven't done well at all," Djokovic said.

"I honestly didn't expect to make this many unforced errors. In terms of a level that I've played, it's the match to forget for me."

Andy Murray has made almost half as many unforced errors (63) in his opening three matches put together as Djokovic managed against the Frenchman.

Asked if he could remember a similar performance, Djokovic said: "Not even close. No, I don't think I've had any close number to a hundred.

"But, again, there is a first time for everything."


Brit Edmund sneaks into Australian Open tennis main draw

Kyle Edmund in action in the Davis Cup Final. Credit: PA

Kyle Edmund has secured a place in the main draw of the Australian Open following Richard Gasquet's withdrawal.

When the entry lists were released earlier this month, British number three Edmund was three spots outside automatic qualification.

But world number nine Gasquet, who is suffering with a back injury, has joined Juan Monaco and Australian youngster Thanasi Kokkinakis in pulling out of the year's first grand slam, which begins on January 18th.

Novak Djokovic reaches 25th Grand Slam semi-final after straight sets win over Milos Raonic

Djokovic will meet Stan Wawrinka in the last four. Credit: Reuters

Novak Djokovic has secured his 25th career Grand Slam semi-final after a convincing straight sets victory over Milos Raonic.

The four times Australian Open winner will face Stan Wawrinka, who earlier defeated Kei Nishikori.

World number one Djokovic needed a tie break to claim the first set, but went on to break his 24 year-old Canadian opponent early in the second and third sets to claim a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-2 victory.

Eighth seed Raonic, who pushed deep at the grand slams last year, was supposed to offer the first real test for the top-seeded Serb but was completely outclassed under the lights at Rod Laver Arena.

It was the first time Djokovic has booked his place in the Australian Open semi-finals without dropping a set since 2008.

Murray into semis after straight sets win

Andy Murray is into the semis. Credit: Reuters

Andy Murray saw off Nick Kyrgios in three sets to progress to the Australian Open semi-finals where he will face Tomas Berdych.

The Scot took control early on in the match, winning the first set 6-3.

Kyrgios fought back, but lost out in a tie-break to Murray in the second.

Once Murray broke to make it 4-2 in the third, the British No.1 had almost sealed the victory, eventually taking the final set 6-3.


Djokovic and Wawrinka sail through in Australia

Djokovic is looking to make history in Australia. Credit: Reuters

Top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Stan Wawrinka wasted no time in booking their place in the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

While a record-equalling 11 seeds crashed out of the women's singles in the first round, Djokovic and Wawrinka made short work of their opening opponents in Melbourne.

Djokovic, who is seeking to become the second man in history to win five or more titles in the year's first grand slam, defeated Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-2 6-4 in an hour and 49 minutes, while Wawrinka needed just 89 minutes to dispatch Turkey's Marsel Ilhan 6-1 6-4 6-2.

Murray seeded sixth for Australian Open

Murray has reached the final in Australia three times. Credit: PA

Britain's Andy Murray has been seeded sixth for the first grand slam of 2015, the Australian Open, which gets under way on Monday.

Murray, three times a finalist in Melbourne, reached the quarter-finals 12 months ago in his first grand slam since undergoing back surgery the previous September.

Murray will discover his first-round opponent at Friday's draw, which will be attended by defending champions Wawrinka and Li Na, who was forced to retire last September because of persistent knee injuries.

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