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Fans savage Kei Nishikori for retiring in Australian Open quarterfinal

Fans savage Kei Nishikori for retiring in Australian Open quarterfinal”

"I'm looking forward for a battle, obviously it's his first semi-finals at a slam but he has won against (Rafael) Nadal in NY some years ago and he has taken a couple scalps at the big tournaments so he's not afraid to play his best on the biggest stage", he said.

"Congratulations to him for fighting back from two sets to love down and break down".

Addressing his opponent before the match, Djokovic said,"He's a fighter". Pouille must continue to serve well and play the aggressive style of tennis that has held him in good stead this past fortnight.

Novak Djokovic and Luke - were added to the list of semi-finalists 107-th draw of the Open championship of Australia on tennis. "That's when you know, you're going to have a big smile on your face", McEnroe said on Channel Nine's TODAY Show.

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Morata was billed as the long-term replacement for Diego Costa, but could now follow his fellow Spain striker back to Madrid. The 31-year-old also sat out the Coppa Italiana against Juventus on Wednesday, suffering from the flu.

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.

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

Mauresmo, who previously helped two-time women's Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka to world No.1 and compatriot Marion Bartoli to her surprise 2013 Wimbledon title, had been appointed as France's Davis Cup captain for 2019.

Frenchman Lucas Pouille tamed big-serving Milos Raonic 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 in the Australian Open quarterfinal to advance to his maiden Grand Slam semifinal here Wednesday.

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You can come back from two sets down against other players. "Even if I lost the third set, in my mind it was clear I had to stay focused on my service game, taking care of that, then trying to put as many returns as I can".

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

"Nadal has historically throughout my life and career been the greatest rival that I ever played against, on all the surfaces", said the six-time champion.

"Considering the occasion and circumstances and playing semi-finals here, this is definitely one of the best matches I've played on Rod Laver Arena in my career." said the top seed.

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