January 28, 2020 / 4:20 PM / in a month

Day nine at the Australian Open

Tennis - Australian Open - Quarter Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 28, 2020 - Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts after wining his match against Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer saved seven match points on his way to a dramatic 6-3 2-6 2-6 7-6(8) 6-3 comeback win over unseeded American Tennys Sandgren in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Third seed Federer fought off fitness concerns to win in just under 3-1/2 hours and set up a blockbuster semi-final meeting with defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic, chasing a record-extending eighth Australian Open title, withstood Canadian Milos Raonic’s blistering serves to win 6-4 6-3 7-6(1).

“He is one of the all-time greats and the match-ups against Roger and Rafa have made me the player I am today,” Djokovic said courtside.

“I hope I can get just one match point against him (Federer). Let the better player win.”

Top seed Ash Barty became the first Australian woman to reach the semi-finals at her home Grand Slam for 36 years with a 7-6(6) 6-2 win over Czech Petra Kvitova.

French Open champion Barty will next face American Sofia Kenin, who defeated Ons Jabeur 6-4 6-4 to reach her first major semi-final.

Compiled by Greg Stutchbury, Shrivathsa Sridhar and Hardik Vyas; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman/Peter Rutherford

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