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Nadal powers past Federer despite painful blister

World number one Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final earlier today, despite suffering from a painful blister on his racquet hand.

An injury on the hand of Rafael Nadal
An injury on the hand of Rafael Nadal during his men's singles semi-final match against Roger Federer Credit: REUTERS/Bobby Yip

The Spaniard, 27, overcame his hand injury and defeated Federer 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-3. He will now face Stanislas Wawrinka for the title on Sunday in Melbourne.

"The blister is good. It looks better every day. We are doing the right things. The blister today is not a problem any more for normal life. It's not painful," said Nadal.

"The problem is to play tennis. The only problem is the position of the blister, the place," he added.

Nadal receiving medical attention during his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria
Nadal receiving medical attention during his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the quarter finals Credit: Joe Castro/AAP

Nadal played with taped up fingers, but was forced to stop and take a medical timeout so his palm injury could be attended to.

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Murray faces Federer in Australian Open quarter final

Andy Murray beat France's Stephane Robert to reach the quarter final. Credit: Reuters

Britain's Andy Murray faces four-time champion Roger Federer in the Australian Open quarter-finals today.

Tournament favourite Novak Djokovic's three-year reign as champion was ended yesterday when he was knocked out by the Swiss eighth seed Stanislas Wawrinka.

Murray's match is scheduled to begin at around 8.30am UK time.

Murray sees off 'lucky loser' to reach Aussie Open QFs

Andy Murray is looking to add an Australian Open title to his US Open and Wimbledon wins. Credit: Reuters/Brandon Malone

Andy Murray's bid for a third Grand Slam title remains on track after he reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a hard-fought victory over the tournament's "lucky loser" Stephane Robert.

The British tennis star dropped his first set of the tournament but recovered to claim the fourth-round match 6-1 6-2 6-7 6-2 to end the 33-year-old Frenchman's surprise winning run.

The world number 119 had been elevated into the men's draw at the 11th hour thanks to an injury to the man he lost to in qualifying and overcame three opponents.

Murray, who has reached the Australian Open final three times in the last four years but is yet to win the hard court slam, can expect an even tougher test in the final eight in Melbourne.

The fourth-seeded Scot will face the winner of the fourth-round match between sixth seed Roger Federer and 10th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Extreme Australian weather: Lightning over Melbourne

A bolt of lightning appears in the sky as Stephane Robert of France plays Michal Przysiezny of Poland. Credit: Reuters / Brandon Malone

Following an earlier suspension of play due to extreme heat, the tennis was further interrupted later in the day by heavy rainfall.

Reuters photographer Brandon Malone captured a lightning bolt appearing in the Melbourne skyline while Michal Przysiezny played Stephane Robert played on an outdoor court.

Play has currently resumed on the covered showcourts for the evening session. Andy Murray's second round match has been delayed.

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Egg fries on court in extreme heat at Australian Open

Temperatures in Melbourne are so hot that an egg has been pictured frying on court at the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Australian breakfast TV show Sunrise tweeted this photograph:

Forecasters suggested temperatures could hit 44C on Thursday and Friday.

Latest: Australian Open tennis suspended in extreme heat

Brit arrested wearing gambling device at Aussie Open

Daniel Dobson, 22, walks away from court in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Reuters

A British man has appeared in court in Melbourne accused of illegal courtside gambling activity at the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Daniel Dobson, 22, was arrested on court two at Melbourne Park and discovered to have a device in his shorts which would enable him to transmit the results of points before they were officially distributed around the world, the court heard.

The system, designed to be quicker than the delay on television broadcasts, would be advantageous in in-play betting markets.

Dobson's lawyer said he was simply collecting data for the betting agency.

The Briton has been charged with engaging in conduct that would corrupt a betting outcome.

Prosecutors told the court that police were investigating two other British men in relation to the same offence.

Australian Open suspension will cause severe disruption

The suspension of the Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne following two days of soaring will cause severe disruption to in ad schedule of 32 singles matches as well as doubles.

The Australian Open extreme heat policy has been implemented," said a statement.

The roof on Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena will be closed at the end of the set. Play will be suspended at the end of the set on all outside courts until further notice.

– Tournament statement

Temperatures could go as high as 44C according to forecast and remain high on Friday.

Australian Tennis Open suspended in extreme 42C heat

Lleyton Hewitt (right) and Pat Rafter of Australia in action. Credit: MARK DADSWELL/AAP/Press Association Images

The organisers of the Australian Tennis Open have suspended play amid extreme heat as temperatures soared to 42C, according to AFP.

The news agency reported that players would have to complete their current sets at 6am GMT on the outside courts and the roof would be closed on centre and second courts

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