Yesterday the defending men’s champion, today the defending women’s champion.
Just like the men, there will be a new Australian Open singles women’s champion in 2014 as two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka was upset by fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
With Azarenka, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova all eliminated, Li Na remains the only Slam winner (2011 French Open) remaining in the women’s draw.
Radwanska will face Dominika Cibulkova in the semifinals. The 20th seed followed her win over Sharapova with a 6-3, 6-0, rout of No. 11 Simona Halep.
The marquee match of Day 10 saw men’s sixth seed Roger Federer beating fourth-seeded Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 to advance to the semifinals, as Federer continues to show the form that won him 17 Grand Slam titles.
He will face his nemesis, world number one Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Nadal had to deal with a blister on his left hand, as well as the great play of No. 22 Grigor Dimitrov before grinding his way to a 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-6 (7), 6-2 victory. The turning point of the match came towards the end of the third set when the 22-year old Dimitrov squandered three chances to win the set and take a two sets to one lead in the match.