Newcomer Keys wallops Venus, putting paid to hopes of an all-Williams final
Top seed Novak Djokovic and champion Stan Wawrinka set up “The Djoker v The Man 3.0” at Melbourne Park after impressive quarterfinal victories yesterday, while an ill Serena Williams moved a step closer to her 19th grand slam title.
The American, however, will first have to overcome the pure hitting of Madison Keys after Keys, 19, ended the fairytale run of Serena’s elder sister Venus, despite suffering from a thigh injury that hampered her movement.
With many suggesting beforehand that it could signify an epochal shift in both games, the teenager represents the upand-comers in the semifinals after Djokovic and Wawrinka crushed the last hopes of Generation Next in the men’s draw.
Djokovic, seeking to become the second man to win a fifth Australian Open title, beat Canada’s Milos Raonic 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2 in the late match on Rod Laver Arena, hours after Wawrinka had easily dispatched fifth seed Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-4 7-6(6).
“Definitely expecting a marathon like the last couple of years. I’m sure both of us will give our best,” Djokovic said.
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