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Key eventsShow key events onlyPlease turn on JavaScript to use this featureTsitsipas 3-0 Lehecka* (*denotes next server)Tsitsipas romps through an emphatic hold to love in the blink of an eye.Tsitsipas* 2-0 Lehecka (*denotes next server)An early break, after a gruelling opening service game from the Czech. Tsitsipas dominates from back of court to win the first two points on Lehecka’s serve. A smash at the net helps steady the Czech, conqueror of two big seeds already in Félix Auger-Aliassime and Cam Norrie, and he pushes Tsitsipas deftly around the back of the court to move to 40-30. A weak backhand into the net undoes Lehecka’s good work and Tsitsipas seizes break point when his opponent nets a backhand. It’s brilliantly saved with a smart serve and drop-volley but he sends another backhand out to give Tsitsipas break point No 2, which this time is saved with an ace. A third break point follows with another unforced error, before Tsitsipas errs this time and we’re back at deuce. Tsitsipas takes a fourth with an easy advancing forehand winner at the net, but yet again can’t take it. Groundhog day continues with break point No 5 following a soft Lehecka shot into the net. This time Tsitsipas cashes in with a great stretching forehand lob from the back of the court that his opponent reaches for and gets but sends a backhand volley out.Tsitsipas 1-0 Lehecka* (*denotes next server)Tsitsipas gets us under way, and it’s already apparent he has raucous backing inside Rod Laver Arena. Confident serving takes him to 30-0 before he miscues a forehand into the net. It’s soon 40-15 before Lehecka responds with a gorgeous lob to settle a long rally. That’ll settle the Czech, and he’s soon at deuce and applying pressure on the Greek No 3 seed. Tsitsipas swats that pressure aside with a forehand winner and wraps up the hold when Lehecka steers a forehand wide.Azarenka plays Rybakina in the semis – an enticing match-up of two suddenly in-form players. Meanwhile, Tsitsipas and Lehecka are knocking up and soon to start.Right, next up it’s Tsitsipas v Lehecka. I’m just going to avail myself of some coffee and then will be right back atcha.Azarenka speaks: “It hurts to beat [Pegula] because I want her to do well and she’d; been playing amazing. We had so many rallies, I wanted to try and stay there and take my opportunities because otherwise she would. I executed my game plan really well and I’m so proud to be in a semi-final of another grand slam. The 2012 and 2013 champion is then asked how she feels to be back winning on Rod Laver arena in front of the man himself. “You want to show your best tennis in front of the best,” she replies. “I hope you guys enjoyed watching me because I really tried my best.“My tennis wasn’t bad last year but I wasn’t really there mentally and I played with a lot of fear. It’s diiffuclt to be brave when you feel anxious and hesitant so I worked a lot on my mindset, challenging myself because sometimes you can become conservative so I thought I’d be open minded and try new things.Asked about the challenge of playing when you’re a parent she replies that her son Leo “doesn’t really care so much [about tennis] – he worries more about his football and when we’re gonna go play again but he’s watching matches and he wants me to be home. It’s my dog’s birthday too”. Happy birthday, pet dog.Azarenka beats Pegula 6-4, 6-1Pegula 4-6, 1-6 Azarenka* (* denotes next server).Azarenka wraps up an upset in confident, empatic style. Initially it’s better from Pegula as a searching angled forehand gives her first blood in Azarenka’s service game, but a forceful serve restores parity. Another one makes it 30-15. And when Pegula overhits another return, it’s two match points to the No 24 seed. It’s taken at the first opportunity after Azarenka outpoints Pegula from the back of the court. The favourite is out and Azarenka is deservedly through after a powerful and focused performance. She’s still a contender.Pegula 4-6, 1-5 Azarenka* (* denotes next server).Another break – the fourth in a row – as Pegula looks to be capitulating. She just can’t dominate off her serve and starts the next game with two forehands into the net. An overcooked Azarenka forehand give the No 3 seed some respite. Yet another netted forehand coughs up two more break points, and it’s given up straight away with another unforced error as Pegula hits too long. Azarenka will now serve for the match.Pegula* 4-6, 1-4 Azarenka (* denotes next server).Pegula is returning better than she’s serving and a nice if risky little dink over the net brings her the first point before losing the next with a netted forehand. An overhit return takes it to 30-15 as Pegula offers up a mournful sigh. The next rally is an epic one, mostly dominated by Pegula but won by Azarenka who unlike her opponent seizes her opportunity with a passing shot down the line. It becomes an easy hold, the first for a while. Pegula is staring down the barrel here.Pegula 4-6, 1-3 Azarenka* (* denotes next server).The roof’s still over Rod Laver Arena after the earlier rain, depriving those inside of what is now a lovely Melbourne sunset. Pegula is made to work in her service game again, not helped by a soft forehand into the net for 30-30. Azarenka helps her out though with a misjudged sliced backhand too long, but atones with a forensic and fierce driving forehand to take us to deuce. Azarenka then shanks one off the edge of her racket but dominates the next rally to secure deuce No 2, then carves out another break point by pushing her opponent further back in the court. She takes it too, in a similarly dominant return, to secure a third successive break of Pegula’s serve. Azarenka’s rolling back the years here. Can she consolidate the break this time?Pegula* 4-6, 1-2 Azarenka (* denotes next server).Pegula breaks back in her most impressive game of the match so far, her range of shots more to the fore. A morale-boosting backhand drop shot from Pegula foxes Azarenka in the context of a long exchange from the back of the court, and a searing forehand winner gives Pegula a chance at 0-30. A good wide serve from Azarenka cuts the deficit. But Pegula snatches two more break points when the Belarussian sends a backhand wide. Dominant serve-volleying saves the first of them but can’t save the next, an errant backhand gifting Pegula the break-back.Pegula 4-6, 0-2 Azarenka* (* denotes next server).Azarenka sends an awry forehand wide, and a booming serve down the middle takes Pegula to 30-0. But the American continue to err with back-of-court attempted winners and sends two long in a row, and Azarenka forces another break point with a strong return to the corner. It’s taken too when Pegula hits long – again. Is her quarter-final curse continuing?Pegula* 4-6, 0-1 Azarenka (* denotes next server).The opening stages of this set feel pivotal after the first set ended with the players looking more closely matched, and Azarenka, who has not looked like the underdog at any point, races through a service hold to love.Azarenka wins first set against Pegula 6-4Pegula 4-6 Azarenka* (* denotes next server).Pegula starts her service game strongly but a needless hoick into the net from close range pegs her back to 15-15, and Azarenka’s smart backhand volley at the net gives her another chink at 15-30. She dominates the next point too with more smart volleying to gain two more set points. And this time Azarenka cashes in. Set point No 5 is converted when Pegula sends a forehand wide. Just as momentum looked as if it was with the No 3 seed, Azarenka has shown her tenacity to snatch the set.Azarenka of Belarus reacts after winning the first set. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPAUpdated at 04.36 ESTPegula* 4-5 Azarenka (* denotes next server).Azarenka loses her hitherto strong grip on the match as Pegula breaks back after saving two more set points. Azarenka rasps a double-handed backhand into the corner to settle an excellent rally for 30-15, and another overhit forehand grants Azarenka two set points, which are also squandered. The first is saved after a gruelling slogfest ends in a fierce forehand from the American, and the second by a fine driving volley from the encroaching Pegula. And suddenly, she has a break point after Azarenka double-faults. And this one is taken after another lengthy exchange ends with the Belarussian skewing a forehand wide. Game on.Pegula 3-5 Azarenka* (* denotes next server).Azarenka squanders a chance to wrap up the set as Pegula digs in to hold. A double-fault puts Pegula in more bother at 0-30 before she gets lucky with a net cord deflection to get on the board. But another careless long backhand from the American gifts Azarenka two set…

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