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Australian Open: Chung Hyeon, Tennys Sandgren, Federer, Halep, Pliskova Berdych target semis

Federer lining up against Tomas Berdych in the evening to book a berth in semi-finals. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Jan 24, 2018, 01.29 AM (IST)

Yesterday, Nadal's ouster was quite a shocker for Australian Open fans and spectators.

The Spanish world No.1 was struggling with a muscle injury in his upper right leg and that became the major reason for his exit playing against Marin Cilic the quarter-final on Rod Laver Arena.

On Wednesday, world number one Roger Federer and Simona Halep will rally to reach the semi-finals. Whereas, one unseeded player will make the Australian Open semi-finals in the men singles.

Determined Halep is carrying a painful ankle injury as she takes on Czech sixth seed Karolina Pliskova.

"It is going to be a new match. You never know what's going to happen," Halep said after her tiring run to the last eight.

Giantkillers Chung Hyeon and Tennys Sandgren face off in a last-eight showdown no one expected on Rod Laver Arena, with Federer lining up against old foe Tomas Berdych in the evening.

"I'm looking forward to playing against him. He seems in good shape and I'm happy he's over the back issues that he also had at the end of last year," said Federer, who is targeting a 20th Grand Slam title.