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Australian Open 2017, Day 10, as it happened: Rafael Nadal beats Milos Raonic, to face Grigor Dimitrov

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Australian Open 2017, Day 10, as it happened: Rafael Nadal beats Milos Raonic, to face Grigor Dimitrov
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    Thanks for tuning in on an eventful day 10.

    Join us tomorrow as we bring you all the Live updates from the semifinals, starting at 8.30. 

  • 17:11 (IST)

    When you reach your first Grand Slam semifinal in 3 years 

  • 17:08 (IST)

    Here are the Australian Open 2017 men's singles semifinalists 

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  • 16:55 (IST)

    Question: How did you save those six set points?
    Nadal: As I always do, I don't know 

    Raonic will also be wondering about the same 

  • 16:54 (IST)

    His reaction on winning the quarterfinal says it all - Rafael Nadal still has it, the pain and injuries notwithstanding. 

    This is the 24th Grand Slam semifinal for the Spaniard, where he will meet Grigior Dimitrov. 

  • 16:51 (IST)

    Nadal wins! 

    Raonic, on serve, gets the last and final chance to to show some fight.
    But Nadal is at his ruthless best and gets THREE MATCHPOINTS.
    He needs only one as he seals a convincing 6-4 7-6 6-4 win over the highest ranking seed. 

  • 16:48 (IST)

    Nadal inhes closer at 5-3

    Nadal races away with the game to lead 5-3.
    On serve, the Spaniard is giving Roanic no room to challenge.
    Grigir Dimitrov should be watching! 

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    4-4 as Nadal gets ready to serve 

    Raonic tries some crazy shots on his serve, but Nadal is right on the ball. 
    The rally at the net was riveting, but Nadal's impeccable placement means he wins that contest as well.
    The #3 seed pulls back the game and set at 4-4. 

  • 16:39 (IST)

    Nadal leads 4-3, 2 games away from semi

    Nadal's runs with his service game, till a double faults gives Raonic a whiff.
    But a massive Rafa forehand and another unforced error gives the Spaniard a 4-3 lead. 

  • 16:37 (IST)

    3-3 in Set 3 

    Raonic puts that serve to better use, as he hits 13th ace of the match. But the unforced errors continue and Nadal does not relent and takes it to deuce.
    This time, Raonic holds on and Nadal is forced into errors – as he hits his head in frustration – and the set goes to 3-3. 

  • 16:30 (IST)

    Nadal leads 3-2

    Nadal races away with the set on serve.
    Raonic, who seemed unable to put up a challenge in face of the power hitting, manages to score 2 quick points but can't break. 

  • 16:26 (IST)

    Raonic levels set at 2-2

    Raonic's spurt of unforced errors continue, but a couple good shots see him seal the game and level the set 2-2. 

  • 16:23 (IST)

    Nadal leads 2 games to 1, 2 sets to love 

    More power-hitting from the #9 seed and he looks convincing in the third set. 

  • 16:20 (IST)

    A look at the numbers from Set 2 

  • 16:19 (IST)

    Raonic levels third set 2-2

    Raonic seals the second game with the exquisite netpoint but will have to break Nadal to get a toe in this match. 
    Can the third seed salvage it? 

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    Nadal draws first blood in third set

    He takes the first game comfortably.
    Raonic needs to do something special here if we wants to go ahead. 

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    Nadal takes Set 2 with a thrilling tiebreak

    Nadal induces another error from the big Canadian as he gets the lead at 8-7 and Rafa does not let the setpoint go.
    The former champion leads two sets to love, and it looks likes the highest remaining seed is having a tough time. 
     

  • 16:08 (IST)

    Tie break time 7-7

    The tiebreak heats up
    Raonic noses ahead with a smash off his serve to make it 7-6 and get another setpoint, which Nadal pulls back to level at 7-7

  • 16:07 (IST)

    Tie break time 6-6

    Another big rally and Raonic manages to smash one behind Nadal to secure setpoints.
    But Nadal gets a chance thanks to Canadian's unforced error. 

  • 16:04 (IST)

    Tie break time, 5-4

    A stunning point this - a crosscourt rally sees a wonderful pickup and placement from Raonic to inch ahead 4-3.
    He consolidates this lead with another good shot for 5-3, before Nadal angles one fine to make it 5-4

  • 16:04 (IST)

    Tie break time, 5-4

    A stunning point this - a crosscourt rally sees a wonderful pickup and placement from Raonic to inch ahead 4-3.
    He consolidates this lead with another good shot for 5-3, before Nadal angles one fine to make it 5-4

  • 16:01 (IST)

    Tie break time 3-3

    Raonic sends one too far, as Nadal levels at 3-3 again.
     

  • 16:00 (IST)

    Tie break time, 2-2

    A longish rally sees Nadal overreach, scores level at 2-2. 

  • 15:59 (IST)

    Tie break time!

    Raonioc gets on the board first with a big serve
    Nadal responds with a whipping winner to level and then inches ahead to make it 2-1

  • 15:57 (IST)

    Into the tie-break we go!

    Nadal holds comfortbaly to make it 6-6.

  • 15:54 (IST)

    Raonic edges ahead

    Raonic ensures he does his job and holds for 6-5. Nadal will once again serve to stay in the set. 

  • 15:51 (IST)

    Nadal escapes after saving 3 break points! 

    Nadal with an untimely double fault to gift Raonic two set points. Saves one with a fantastic serve out wide. On the next one, Raonic sends a backhand wide. Deuce. 

    Nadal attempts a very poor dropshot to end the point but it barely even clips the top of the net. One more set point for Raonic. Nadal saves it with a forehand winner. And then claws out a hold. 5-5. 

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Nadal will now serve to stay alive in the second set at 5-4. Can Raonic finally break him? 

  • 15:41 (IST)

    Raonic living dangerously

    And inevitably Raonic gets stretched to deuce. He wins the next point at the net and then holds serve with a forehand into the open court. 5-4. 

  • 15:38 (IST)

    Nadal makes it 4-4 quite comfortably and will now try and put pressure on Raonic's serve. Very important service game coming up. 

  • 15:32 (IST)

    Raonic injury update:

    It looks like it was a thigh injury/niggle for Raonic, he has returned with his right leg heavily strapped and taped.

    Raonic with just too many errors at very crucial moments, could have broken in the last game had he pounced on his chances. But he manages to hold the next one and edges ahead 4-3. Still on serve. 

  • 15:29 (IST)

    Nadal with a bit of luck to make it 3-3

    Nadal gets lucky on his service game after scrambling to the net for a pick-up at the net and Raonic had all the time in the world to hit it for a winner. His volley clips the top of the net and falls on his side. 

  • 15:25 (IST)

    Raonic returns after about a 7-minute long medical timeout. Nadal to resume the match with serving at 2-3. 

  • 15:23 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Nadal waits rather impatiently for Raonic to return...

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    Raonic has called for the trainer and has gone off the court to get an examination done. 5 minutes medical timeout is in countdown. 

  • 15:19 (IST)

    Raonic is venturing to the net a lot but with varying degrees of success. He has won only 15 out of his 28 points at the net. Nadal, on the other hand has come in 14 times and only lost one of those points. Proving to be the big difference. 

    Nevertheless, Raonic holds quite comfortably and makes it 3-2. 

  • 15:16 (IST)

    Quick hold for Nadal and he makes it 2-2. But this set has already taken 25 minutes. 

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    Raonic was again in a bit of trouble with Nadal creeping to 30-30 on his serve, but he recovers with two huge boomers down the tee to hold for 2-1. 

  • 15:07 (IST)

    Tough hold for Nadal to start second set

    Raonic takes Nadal to deuce on his opening set with some huge inside-out forehands. Then he comes in to the net with a decent approach shot and Nadal sends his return long. 

    Break point for the Canadian! Nadal come up with a sliding serve out wide and Raonic dumps his return into the net. Deuce once again. 

    Advantage for Nadal with a forehand down the line winner. But the game is back to deuce as Nadal's forehand goes flying long. 

    Raonic's efforts at the net outdone again by the Spaniard. Nadal throws a double fault and the game is back at deuce. But he wins the next two points to get out of jail.

    Nadal FINALLY holds after saving a break point to make it 1-1.  

  • 14:59 (IST)

    The numbers from the 1st set

  • 14:56 (IST)

    Milos Raonic start the second set with an easy service game, and holds to 15. 

  • 14:52 (IST)

Preview: Britain's Johanna Konta has learned much from matches against grand slam champions and former world number ones over the last 18 months but on Wednesday her education will be complete when she faces Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

While Konta has never played the American great, who is bidding to win a record 23rd grand slam title in the professional era, the 25-year-old knows exactly what Williams has in store for her on Rod Laver Arena.

"I don't think Serena Williams needs an introduction with everything that she's achieved in this sport," Konta said.

"But I have played, over the last year and a half, quite a

few grand slam champions and some former world number ones. So I have accumulated, I think -- I have prepared myself as much as possible to play a competitor like Serena."

Konta's rise to ninth in the world, sparked by a run to last year's semi-finals at Melbourne Park, has not gone unnoticed by her quarter-final opponent.

"I have watched her game a lot. She's been doing really, really well," Williams said. "She has a very attacking game. I know her game pretty well. I look forward to it."

The other quarter-final pitches fifth seed and U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who is having a career renaissance at Melbourne Park after making a comeback.

"I still wanted to play on a stage like this, on a full court like this, she said. "Come out, play, have these wins, be in a quarter-final of a slam, have a chance to fight for a semi-final. Those are incredible moments."

In the remaining men's quarter-finals, David Goffin and 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov will be the last match on the main court before the evening session.

Having spent some of the off-season practicing together, Dimitrov knows what to expect from the 11th-seeded Belgian.

"He's very dangerous all over the court," the Bulgarian said. "He can hit quite a few shots, moves well on the court, reads the game well. It's going to be a tough match."

Milos Raonic, the highest remaining men's seed following the exits of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, wraps up the quarter-finals against a resurgent Rafa Nadal.

The Canadian is hoping to have shaken off the effects of flu by the time the match comes around.

"Still don't necessarily feel at full capacity but I have energy now. I can go about my days normally," the third seed told reporters. "With the way things are going, getting better and better, I can't imagine myself struggling."

Order of play on main courts at the Australian Open on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):

Rod Laver Arena

11:00am (0000 GMT)

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x5) v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)

Followed by

Johanna Konta (GBR x9) v Serena Williams (USA x2)

David Goffin (BEL x11) v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x15)

7:30pm

Rafael Nadal (ESP x9) v Milos Raonic (CAN x3)

Henri Kontinen (FIN)/John Peers (AUS x4) v Sam Groth/Chris Guccione (AUS)

Margaret Court Arena

12:00pm

Michaella Krajicek (NED)/Raven Klaasen (RSA) v Abigail Spears (USA)/Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)

Followed by

Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut (FRA x1) v Marc Polmans/Andrew Whittington (AUS)

Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA x1) v Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)/Peng Shuai Peng (CHN x12)


Updated Date: Jan 25, 2017 17:18 PM

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