Djokovic reaches Aussie Open semis

NOVAK DJOKOVIC of Serbia remained on course for a third straight Australian Open title after beating Tomas Berdych in four sets on Tuesday to set up a semifinal match with David Ferrer of Spain.

Showing no signs of fatigue from the grinding five-hour duel with Stanislas Wawrinka that ended in the early hours of Monday morning, Djokovic defused the big Czech’s big serve to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and progress comfortably to his 11th successive grand slam semifinal.

Maria Sharapova was just as impressive as she continued a ruthless march through the women’s draw with a 6-2 6-2 savaging of Ekaterina Makarova, while Li Na ended Agnieszka Radwanska’s winning streak to continue her love affair with Melbourne Park.

Ferrer, eyeing to reach his first grand slam final, staged what he described as a miraculous comeback from two sets down to beat fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-2. Noli Cruz

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