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- Djokovic, Wawrinka set up epic showdown, ill Serena through
By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic and champion Stan Wawrinka set up 'The Djoker v The Man 3.0' at Melbourne Park after impressive quarter-final victories on Wednesday, while an ill Serena Williams moved a step closer to her 19th grand slam title. The American, however, will first have to overcome the pure hitting of Madison Keys after the 19-year-old ended the fairytale run of Serena's older sister Venus, despite suffering from a thigh injury that hampered her movement. With many suggesting prior to the tournament it could signify an epochal shift in both games, the teenager represents the up and comers in the semi-finals after Djokovic and Wawrinka crushed the last hopes of 'Generation Next' in the men's draw. Djokovic, seeking to become the second man to win a fifth Australian Open title, beat Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2 in the late match on Rod Laver Arena, hours after Wawrinka had easily dispatched fifth seed Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-4 7-6(6).
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- Qatar World Cup should be played in winter - FIFA boss
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has again indicated that the 2022 World Cup should be played in winter to avoid the blazing summer heat in Qatar. "I think it has also been confirmed by other members of the executive committee that the World Cup would be played in winter," he said in an interview with France-Info radio on Wednesday. He added: "The IOC (International Olympic Committee) is concerned over (a clash with) the 2022 Winter Olympics and we will take that into account. In November, Valcke set up a working group to examine the question and spoke of two options, January to February and November to December, but said he had also asked FIFA to examine the possibility of the tournament going ahead in May 2022.
- Serena on fire as Wawrinka crushes Japan's hopes at Australian Open
A fired-up Serena Williams shot down last year's finalist Dominika Cibulkova Wednesday to set up an Australian Open semi-final with teen Madison Keys, as defending men's champion Stan Wawrinka crushed Japanese hopes. Unlike her earlier sluggish matches, Serena was in the zone from the off against the dangerous Slovak, a steely look in her eyes as she walked onto Rod Laver Arena soon after fellow American Keys knocked out her sister Venus. The unseeded Keys, 19, is the tournament surprise package, fighting hard to beat a resurgent Venus 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and end any chance of the sisters meeting in a Grand Slam semi for the first time since Wimbledon 2000.