MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: Novak Djokovic of Serbia calls for a challenge in between games in his quarter final match against David Ferrer of Spain during day ten of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australian Open 2012: Final Fours Set As Djokovic, Murray, Sharapova, Kvitova All Advance

Day 10 at Australian Open 2012 featured the conclusion of the quarterfinal matches. Andy Murray advanced to the semis and will play the winner of Novak Djokovic. Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova also moved on, keeping pace in the race for the new women's No. 1.

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Australian Open 2012 Results And Scores: Novak Djokovic Advances To Semifinals

The 2012 Australian Open has had its share of surprises thus far, but the men's bracket has played out pretty much as planned. The top four tennis players have advanced to the semifinals with the last, Serbian player Novak Djokovic, punching his card to the next round with a three-set victory over No. 5 David Ferrer.

Djokovic didn't exactly make it look easy considering it took him nearly three hours to down the Spaniard, but the tournament's top seed was able to overcame a hamstring injury to win in straight sets (6-4 7-6(4) 6-1).

"It was a great match. We played almost three hours. After a couple of games I was feeling, ‘Wow, this is going to be a long night,'" Djokovic said afterward. "You have to hang in there with a player like Ferrer. He has a great fighting spirit and he always makes you hit the extra shot. I figured out I needed to step in."

Djokovic's victory set up set up a semifinal match-up with Andy Murray, the player he beat in last year's finals at the Australian Open.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet on the other side of the bracket to determine who plays against the Murray-Djokovic winner for the tournament's championship. Djokovic said he'll be watching, but not from the arena.

"I will enjoy it from my couch," he smiled. "Every time they play against each other is a treat for us players and all the fans. I will have dinner at home and watch with my family."

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Australian Open 2012 Results And Scores: Andy Murray Downs Kei Nishikori

Andy Murray is into his third straight semifinal round at the Australian Open after downing No. 24 seed Kei Nishikori.

Murray, the tournament's No. 4 seed, beat Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in just over two hours and 10 minutes. Murray won 102 of the 172 points played, hitting backhand winners and solid volley.

Nishikori did 29 winners to Murray's 36. However, as the commentators frequently said throughout the match, Nishikori looked fatigued. But the Japense-born played made history as the first male singles player from his country to make it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

Murray closed out the final set in only 29 minutes.

"I thought it was a good match," Murray said in the post-match interview on court. "It was a lot of good points. Most of the long points he was wining, so I was trying to keep them short."

Murray is playing in his first tournament under the guidance of new coach Ivan Lendl. The Great Brit is now in his fifth consecutive semifinal of a Grand Slam. He has reached the finals of the Australian Open for the last two years.

As for what Murray thought he needed to work on, he said it was his serve.

"Do you want to know your stat," asked the post-match interviewee.

"No, I don't," Murray said, drawing laughs from the crowd.

Murray converted 79 percent of his first serves and 56 percent of his second serves. The tournament's No. 4 seed will wait to play the winner of No. 1 seeded Novak Djokovic and No. 5 seeded David Ferrer in the final four Down Under.

Until then, he's going to work on his serve to help him bring home his first Grand Slam title.

"One last question. Hypothetically, how would you celebrate your Grand Slam victory," the interviewee asked Murray.

"Hmm," Murray said. "I'll come up with something and I'll let you know in the next couple days."

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Australian Open 2012 Results And Scores: Maria Sharapova Advances To Semifinals

The women's quarterfinals are in the book after Day 10 action at the 2012 Australian Open in Melbourne. The semifinals are now set and will feature three Top-Five women's tennis players.

One of those players prevailing in a quarterfinals match was Russian-born No. 4 seed Maria Sharapova, who squared off against fellow countrywoman Ekaterina Makarova. Sharapova had little trouble dispatching of Makarova, defeating her in straight sets of 6-2, 6-3.

With the win, Sharapova advances to the semifinals, where she will face off against No. 2 Petra Kvitova, who defeated Italian underdog Sara Errani just a short time earlier on Day 10. The other semifinals match in women's competition pits No. 11 Kim Clijsters against No. 3 Victoria Azarenka.

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Australian Open 2012 Results And Scores: No. 6 Petra Kvitova Ends Sara Errani's Underdog Run

Sara Errani's unlikely run at the 2012 Australian Open came to an end on Day 10, when she was defeated by No. 6 seed Patra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. Both women played exceptional tennis in the tournament but the unranked Errani finally met her match when she was defeated in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Kvitova was only the second ranked opponent that Italian player Errani had faced in the tournament. Errani has had a reputation of wilting against top players in the past, but she played solid tennis during the match. Both women had one ace each, Errani only had one double fault to Kvitova's two and her 25 unforced errors were nearly half that of Kvitova's 44. Kvitova had the edge overall, however, getting the winners when it counted.

Kvitova advances to the semifinals with the win, where she will face the winner of the match between No. 4 Maria Sharapova and Ekaterina Makarova.

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Epic Semis And A New No. 1

Day 10 at Australian Open 2012 features the conclusion of the quarterfinal matches. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic attempt to join Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the men's semis, while Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova attempt to keep pace in the race for the new women's No. 1.

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Andy Murray Vs. Kei Nishikori, 2012 Australian Open Men's Quarterfinal

Andy Murray is looking for his first Grand Slam title. He'll meet Kei Nishikori, making his Grand Slam quarterfinal debut, at the 2012 Australian Open.

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Petra Kvitova Vs. Sara Errani, Australian Open Women's Quarterfinal

Sara Errani looks to continue a Cinderella run in the 2012 Australian Open in the quarterfinals, but second-seeded Petra Kvitova looms.

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