Australian Open: Williams and Federer Progress

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Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-1 at Melbourne Park to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

The number one seed, who is also the American defending champion, is gunning for a 22nd Grand Slam title after overpowering fifth seed Sharapova for the 18th time in a row.

After the game, Williams had this to say: “It was super intense. She’s an incredibly intense and focused player who was No 1 and has won so many Grand Slams for a reason.

“When you are playing someone like that who is so great, you have to come out with a lot of fire and intensity.”

Williams will now face fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the last four.

Federer chasing an 18th grand slam title

Federer chasing an 18th grand slam title

In the men’s draw, Roger Federer clearly showed that he is ready to win an 18th grand slam title after comfortably beating Tomas Berdych 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-4.

“I’m very, very happy because Tomas has caused me a lot of problems over the years. He’s one of the guys who makes you a better player.” Federer said about his opponent.

“I think I played a good match – aggressive, had some variety in there, it was quick conditions so I’m happy I came through this one.”

The 17-time Grand Slam champion will now face top seed Novak Djokovic or seventh seed Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals on Thursday.

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