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Australian Open 2019, quarter-finals, Highlights: Novak Djokovic to face Lucas Pouille; Naomi Osaka to take on Karolina Pliskova

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Australian Open 2019, quarter-finals, Highlights: Novak Djokovic to face Lucas Pouille; Naomi Osaka to take on Karolina Pliskova
  • Naomi Osaka won her quarter-final match-up against Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-1 to enter the semi-finals

  • Serena Williams' comeback attempt in her match against Karolina Pliskova was derailed by an ankle injury, with Pliskova winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

  • Milos Raonic was undone by underdog Lucas Pouille in the men's singles quarter-final fixture, with the Frenchman winning 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4.

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Jan 23, 2019 - 15:37 (IST)

That's it from us here!

Thank you for joining us today. Do come  back tomorrow as we bring you live updates from the women's semi-final matches as well the solitary men's semi-final match

Jan 23, 2019 - 15:36 (IST)

Here are the eight semi-finalists!

Jan 23, 2019 - 15:18 (IST)

Novak Djokovic through to the semi-finals!

Djokovic wishes a speedy recovery for Nishikori

Jan 23, 2019 - 15:12 (IST)

Djokovic vs Nishikori 6-1, *4-1. Novak Djokovic through to semis after Kei Nishikori retires

Djokovic breaks again. Nishikori takes off his cap and decides that he cannot carry on at his best. Djokovic gives him a hug and consoles him. The sizeable Japanese contingent gives him a thunderous applause nevertheless as he walks off RLA. Remember, Nishikori had spent 13 hours and 47 minutes on court coming into the semi-finals, the second-most among all the quarter-finalists. Djokovic, in contrast, had spent four hours less.  

Jan 23, 2019 - 15:04 (IST)

Djokovic vs Nishikori 6-1, 3-1*

Djokovic is running away with the match here. He holds to love again.

Jan 23, 2019 - 15:01 (IST)

Djokovic vs Nishikori 6-1, *2-1

Poor execution from Nishikori at the net. First he sees his volleyed drop shot sail narrowly wide. On the next point, he smacks his forehand volley out from a promising position. A couple of unforced errors, his 24th and 25th of the match, hands Djokovic the break to love.

Jan 23, 2019 - 14:59 (IST)

Djokovic vs Nishikori 6-1, 1-1*

Djokovic holds to love. Nishikori is moving much better now compared to before. Looks like the physio has worked his magic.

Jan 23, 2019 - 14:56 (IST)

Djokovic vs Nishikori 6-1, *0-1

Nishikori takes to the court with a heavily bandaged right thigh. Good start as he induces two errors from Djokovic but follows it up with a double fault. He pins Djokovic to his backhand before hitting a winner. He seals the hold after Djokovic nets his return.

Jan 23, 2019 - 14:50 (IST)

Djokovic vs Nishikori 6-1, 0-0*

Take a look at the stats from the first set

Jan 23, 2019 - 14:49 (IST)

Djokovic vs Nishikori 6-1. Novak Djokovic claims first set

Djokovic wraps up the set in just 31 minutes with a love-hold. Nishikori calls for the trainer immediately to seek treatment on his right thigh. Hope it's nothing serious.

Preview: Novak Djokovic must outgun "fighter" Kei Nishikori to keep his record seventh title tilt alive, while Lucas Pouille has a maiden semi in sight against Milos Raonic in Wednesday's Australian Open quarter-finals.

Marathon man Nishikori has already spent 13hr 47min on court in Melbourne this year, more time than any other player, coming through three five-set epics in his four matches so far.

He has twice clawed back from the precipice of being two sets down, the latest against Pablo Carreno Busta on Monday that went to a deciding super tiebreak.

Djokovic, after coming through his own draining late-night slugfest against Daniil Medvedev, said he knows what to expect from the eighth seed.

"Well, Kei won another marathon match," Djokovic said of the Japanese number one, who will be in his fourth quarter-final in Melbourne but is yet to reach a semi.

"Congratulations to him for fighting back from two sets to love down and break down. He's a fighter," he added.

Nishikori is unbeaten in eight matches this year after winning the Brisbane International, and although Djokovic holds a 15-2 win-loss record in head-to-heads he is prepared for another gruelling battle.

"He's a very talented player. One of the quickest players on the tour. You know, hard worker. Yeah, I expect a tough one," said Djokovic.

They have met five times in Grand Slams with Nishikori's lone win coming in the US Open 2014 semi-final.

Djokovic defeated Nishikori in the last eight of the Australian Open three years ago in straight sets and this will be their third consecutive major showdown.

The Serb won last year in the quarter-final at Wimbledon 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and the US Open semi-final 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on his way to lifting the titles.

With Roger Federer already out, Djokovic is the lone player remaining with a chance to earn his seventh Norman Brookes trophy.

Pouille, the 28th seed who will turn 25 next month, has a former Australian Open champion in his corner as he tries to reach a first Grand Slam semi-final .

The Frenchman split with his long-time coach Emmanuel Planque in the off-season and hired Amelie Mauresmo, who won the women's title in Australia in 2006.

He said she had helped him bring more variety to his game. "Yeah, that's one goal, to mix it up a lot and to be more consistent, especially from the baseline," said Pouille, whose previous best in majors was quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2016.

Raonic, the 16th seed, has blasted through the tournament on the back of his supreme serving, only dropping one set — to former champion Stan Wawrinka — in the second round.

Ominously for Pouille, the Canadian former world number three thinks he has improved since he achieved his highest ranking in November 2016.

"I think I'm a better player than I was back then," he said of developing a more aggressive serve-volley style since coming back from wrist surgery in 2017 and dropping outside the top 30.

"In the first five years of my career I probably only hit a couple thousand volleys," added Raonic, who has won all three previous meetings with Pouille, the most recent on grass in Stuttgart last year.

"I'm sure over the last three years I've probably hit tens of thousands of volleys," said Raonic.

With inputs from AFP.

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