Australian Open 2021 day nine: Grigor Dimitrov v Aslan Karatsev, Osaka breezes into semis – live!























































































































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Naomi Osaka beats Hsieh Su-wei 6-2, 6-2






















































































































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Preamble

Day nine at Melbourne Park and that can only mean one thing: quarter-finals! Four of them to be exact, two in the women’s singles and two on the men’s side.

First up, Naomi Osaka, the third seed, gets another chance to display her title credentials. But it won’t be plain sailing into the last four – evergreen dangerwoman Hsieh Su-wei lies in wait first up on Rod Laver.

To follow, it’s men’s 18th seed Grigor Dimitrov against Aslan Karatsev, before arguably the biggest matchup of this Open so far featuring Serena Williams and Simona Halep. And if that isn’t enough, men’s No 1 Novak Djokovic stares down sixth seed Alex Zverev in the final match of the day on centre.

Do get in touch if you have anything you need to get off your chest. I’m on mike.hytner@theguardian.com, or @mike_hytner it Twitter’s your thing. Let’s crack on.





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