Australian Open
Roger Federer with Birdych after the match on Wednesday/AFP-BBC.

Defending champion Roger Federer reached his 14th Australian Open semi-final with a straight-sets victory over Tomas Berdych.

The 36-year-old second seeded Federer beat the Czech 19th seed 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-4 in the Rod Laver Arena night session.

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It was their 10th meeting at Grand Slams, and an eighth win for the Swiss player.

Federer will now face unseeded 21-year-old Hyeon Chung of South Korea in the last four on Friday.

The first semi-final will see Britain’s Kyle Edmund takes on sixth seed Marin Cilic of Croatia at 08:30 GMT on Thursday.