Melbourne: The trend of upsets continued at the Australian Open on Tuesday as Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Ana Ivanovic became the latest higher-seeded players to be ousted.
After the early departures of Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Juan Martin del Potro from the season’s first major over the last few days, the trio suffered losses in the quarter final on Tuesday.
Eighth seed Stanislas Wawrinka brought a dramatic end to Djokovic’s quest for a fourth successive Australian Open title when he defeated the second-seeded Serb 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7.
The pair held a packed Rod Laver Arena spellbound with four hours of top quality tennis studded with breathtaking rallies before the Swiss snapped a 14-match losing streak against Djokovic.
Czech and seventh seed Berdych came out on top 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in a three-hour match against the third-seeded David Ferrer to reach the last four.
In women’s event, Canadian teenager and 30th seed Eugenie Bouchard had earlier kept her poise in the biggest match of her life to oust Ana Ivanovic 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 and set up a semi-final against China’s Li Na.
Named after Princess Eugenie of York, seventh in line to the British throne, Bouchard exudes a calmness on the court way beyond her years, and is equally assured off it. “I think I’m pretty similar on (and off the court),” she said after her win.
The 14-seeded Ivanovic had earlier shocked world No. 1 and top seed Serena Williams in the fourth round.