World number one Novak Djokovic booked yet another Australian Open semi-final after a comfortable 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Canada’s eighth seed Milos Raonic on Wednesday. The Serb was out-aced 15-8 and the Canadian hit more winners too (34-44) but perhaps the most telling statistic is Raonic’s poor second serve. The 24-year old won just 53% of the points when serving for a second time at the Rod Laver Arena.
Djokovic will face defending champions Stanislas Wawrinka in the final four. The Swiss saw off Japan’s Kei Nishikori in straight sets in two hours and four minutes 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. Wawrinka bombed down 20 aces on his way to victory and doubled Nishikori’s winners tally 46-23.
South Africa’s Lucas Sithole went down in his opening match in the men’s Quad Wheelchair Singles to long-time foe David Wagner of the United States of America. Wagner won the day 6-3, 6-1 in a time of 65 minutes on Wednesday. Sithole’s 13 unforced errors is what cost him dearly, compared to the American, who committed just one.
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