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Domestic TV ratings are soaring as Australian Open 2017 enters its final weekend.

Last night’s coverage of the all-Swiss semifinal between Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka saw the Seven Network beat the audience share of both Channel Nine and Network Ten combined. Nine’s traditionally highest-rating cricket match of the summer – the Australia Day One-Day-International held at the Adelaide Oval – drew 500,000 less viewers (metro and regional) than Seven’s primetime tennis broadcast.

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Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer will attempt to win a record-stretching 18th Grand Slam title after surviving a battling performance from compatriot Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open semi-finals on Thursday. He will come up against either his old foe Rafael Nadal or Bulgarian youngster Grigor Dimitrov in the final on Sunday.

The 35-year-old superstar, who had returned to top-level tennis after a six-month injury lay-off, booked a spot in his 28th Grand Slam final with an inspiring victory over the 2014 title holder, Wawrinka.

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Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer became the oldest player to qualify for the semi-finals of the Australian Open following an easy win against Germany's Mischa Zverev on Tuesday. Federer, who has won a record 17 Grand Slam titles, needed barely an hour and a half to eliminate Zverev 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 in style.

Federer is now the oldest tennis player, at 35 years and 174 days, to reach the Australian Open semi-finals, surpassing American Arthur Ashe.

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Swiss tennis player Stan Wawrinka defeated Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-3 in all ill-tempered Men's Singles quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

In what was the first meeting between the two players at any Grand Slam outside the French Open, Tsonga was hoping to end a run of three consecutive defeats he had suffered against the Swiss since they played in Madrid in 2013.

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Former world no.1 Roger Federer dug in his heels to stop Japanese Kei Nishikori, rallying past the fifth seed 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, to enter the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. Federer, a 17-time Grand Sam winner, won in three hours and 23 minutes.

Nishikori made a bright start to the match, breaking Federer's serve twice to race ahead to a 4-0 lead. Federer rebounded to break the Japanese superstar on both occasions that he tried to serve out the opening set. Nishikori though regained his poise to take the set into a tiebreak and eventually won it 7-4 much to the disbelief of a packed house in Rod Laver Arena.

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Legendary Swiss Roger Federer and reigning world no.1 Sir Andy Murray powered through to the fourth round of Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Friday.

Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Federer defeated Czech veteran Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in 90 minutes to advance. World No.1 Murray, meanwhile outplayed America's Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

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Four time champion Roger Federer, the no.4 seed Stan Wawrinka and Asia's leading tennis player Kei Nishikori all registered straight set wins on Wednesday to advance at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Swiss superstar Roger Federer booked his place in the third round of the Australian Open, overcoming a stiff challenge from rookie American Noah Rubin at Melbourne Park. The former world number one, defeated his opponent 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (3) and will now come up against Czech Tomas Berdych in the third round.

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