• Djokovic, 32, will meet Swiss third seed Federer in tomorrow’s semi-final. It is the pair’s first meeting at the Australian Open since Djokovic beat 38-year-old Federer in their 2016 semi-final.
• Meanwhile, Federer remains optimistic about recovering fully from a groin problem in time for the clash.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic set up an Australian Open semi-final against Roger Federer after producing another clinical performance to beat Canadian 32nd seed Milos Raonic.
Djokovic had problems with his eye in the third set but dismantled Raonic’s potent serve to win 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-1)
The Serb second seed, who is aiming for a record-extending eighth title, has lost just one set in Melbourne so far.
Djokovic, 32, will meet Swiss third seed Federer in tomorrow’s semi-final. It is the pair’s first meeting at the Australian Open since Djokovic beat 38-year-old Federer in their 2016 semi-final.
“He is one of the all-time greats and the match-ups against Roger and Rafa have made me the player I am today,” said Djokovic, who has lost just three times at Melbourne Park in the past decade.
“I hope I can get just one match point against him. Let the better player win.”
Meanwhile, Federer remains optimistic about recovering fully from a groin problem in time for the clash.
The Swiss third seed scripted a nerve-wracking 6-3 2-6 2-6 7-6(8) 6-3 comeback victory on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday to continue his bid for a record-equalling seventh title at the Melbourne Park.
Federer called the trainer to the court during the third set against Sandgren and then took a lengthy medical timeout that he later said was for a problem with his groin.
His movement was visibly impaired for the rest of the match but that did not stop the 38-year-old from reaching a record-extending 15th semi-final at the Australian Open.
“I don’t know if you can call it an injury. It’s just pain and problems. I need to figure it out now,” he said. “But as it’s not like in 18 hours, like you got a third round to play, semi-finals, you have an extra day, adrenaline, there’s a lot of things. Two good nights of sleep, doctors, physios.”
“Hopefully we’ll find out that it’s actually nothing bad, that it was just the groin that went really tight from playing a lot, who knows what, from nerves. I don’t know. I’m hopeful.”
Just prior to the medical timeout, Federer was warned for obscene language — something that is rare for the Swiss — after a complaint from a line judge. He first confronted the line judge before getting involved in an argument with Serbian chair umpire Marijana Veljovic. Federer said he found the warning ‘bit tough’ but accepted it.
Asked if the language was not English, Federer said with a smile: “It was a mix. Clearly she speaks mixed. Didn’t know that (smiling). Next time I got to check the lines-people.”
While Federer did not feel as physically exhausted as he did against John Millman, when he won six straight points from 8-4 down in the final set tiebreaker to stay alive, Sandgren had nothing left in the tank — both physically and emotionally.
If watching match points slip by was not hurtful enough for Sandgren, he also had to deal with some physical pain when a ball girl accidentally ran her knee into his calf during changeover in the fourth-set tiebreak.
“That was physically painful. She was apologetic and everything. Accidents happen, so that wasn’t a big deal,” he said. “It stung a little bit at the time. It didn’t bother me when the point started, no.”