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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 January 2006, 08:49 GMT
Setwatch: Federer v Davydenko
Australian Open, quarter-finals:

R FEDERER (Swi) v N DAVYDENKO (Rus)

6-4 3-6 7-6 7-6


Fourth Set

Federer 7-6 Davydenko
Federer comes through to win the tie-break only after a brave effort from Davydenko to ensure his progression into the semi-final.

Federer 6-6 Davydenko
Davydenko survives match point to bounce back brilliantly and hold serve to set up a second successive tie-break.

Federer 6-5 Davydenko
A 75% first-serve ratio helps Federer hold again and pile the pressure on the fast-tiring Davydenko who now needs to hold to stay in the match.

Federer 5-5 Davydenko
Davydenko bravely holds serve to 15 under immense pressure to keep his challenge alive.

Federer 5-4 Davydenko
Federer fires a 200km serve for his second ace of the set and fifth in all, to clinchl a comfortable service game which leaves him just one game away from victory.

Federer 4-4 Davydenko
Davydenko shows his fighting qualities as he manages to hold serve under relentless pressure from his opponent, smashing the winning point at advantage.

Federer 4-3 Davydenko
Love service game from Federer and for the first time Davydenko looks to be tiring as he wearily returns to his seat for the break.

Federer 3-3 Davydenko
Impressive service hold from Davydenko who pulls to 40-15 with some powerful backhand drives and then hammers a superb forehand to take the game.

Federer 3-2 Davydenko
Federer pulls ahead again as he comfortably holds serve.

Federer 2-2 Davydenko
Davydenko looks on in almost disbelief as Federer misses a hatful of easy passing shots allowing the Russian to hold serve and gather his senses just as his opponent looks to be stepping up a gear.

Federer 2-1 Davydenko
Federer seems relieved to hold serve with a far more convincing game. although Davydenko again refuses to give away easy points.

Federer 1-1 Davydenko
For the third time Federer breaks back immediately after losing his own serve as he rifles home a series of fierce backhand passes to pull himself level.

Federer 0-1 Davydenko
Davydenko shows no signs of collapsing after losing the previous set in such a disappointing way as he breaks Federer's serve to tee-up another tight set.

Third Set

Federer 7-6 (tie-break) Davydenko
Federer incredibly saves six set points before Davydenko chokes at 7-6 in the tie-break with a heart-breaking double fault. It leaves his opponent utterly relieved to take an epic third set.

Federer 6-6 Davydenko
Federer saves two break points and then drills home a blistering backhand pass to round off a stunning rally which sends the third set into a tie-break.

Federer 5-6 Davydenko
Davydenko maintains his statistic of 81% of first serves in as he again takes the initative to leave Federer serving to stay in the set.

Federer 5-5 Davydenko
Federer keeps himself in the set with another battling service game, forcing Davydenko to struggle on his backhand side.

Federer 5-5 Federer 5-5 Davydenko

Federer roars in defiance as he breaks back after being forced to keep himself in the set, but only after forcing Davydenko into making two unforced errors.

Federer 3-5 Davydenko
Federer produces more mistakes as Davydenko converts the first of two break-points to go two-games clear.

Federer 3-4 Davydenko
The crowd in the Rod Laver court is treated to more blistering tennis and seem to be responding to underdog Davydenko's efforts as he holds his serve again.

Federer 3-3 Davydenko
Federer rediscovers his best serving form to ease home with a love game.

Federer 2-3 Davydenko
In contrast to the previous game, Federer's trusty backhand suddenly deserts him as he tamely concedes the advantage back to his opponent who produces some incisive serves.

Federer 2-2 Davydenko
Both players are producing tennis of the highest quality but Federer manages to see off the Russian's bid for another service break with a brace of exquiste backhands.

Federer 1-2 Davydenko
Davydenko holds on to his serve as he surprises his Swiss opponent by going to the net at game point and forcing Federer to hit long.

Federer 1-1 Davydenko
Federer suddenly clicks back into gear as he holds serve impressively, firing off four powerful winners.

Federer 0-1 Davydenko
Davydenko goes ahead in the match for the first time as he comfortably holds serve in the opening game of set three.

Second Set

Federer 3-6 Davydenko
After squandering a set-point at 30-40, Davydenko keeps his cool to force Federer into two crucial errors, before hammering home a deep backhand to ensure he is able to draw level at a set each.

Federer 3-5 Davydenko
Federer struggles to get to grips with his opponent's serve as Davydenko punishes him for some weak forehands.

Federer 3-4 Davydenko
Federer wastes little time in hitting back with a love service game with Davydenko completely unable to deal with the top seed's penetrating backhand.

Federer 2-4 Davydenko
Davydenko manages to make the break count as a string of crisp backhand winners enable him to see off Federer's attempted fightback to go two games clear.

Federer 2-3 Davydenko
Davydenko fires a sublime double-handed backhand to set up break-point and then at last manages convert it as his opponent hits long.

Federer 2-2 Davydenko
Davydenko equals Federer on forehand winners as he clips the baseline with a sweet drive to again draw level.

Federer 2-1 Davydenko
Davydenko is crucially unable to convert a break-point at 30-40 as Federer battles back for an unconvincing service game.

Federer 1-1 Davydenko
Federer miscalculates a drop-shot to give Davydenko the second game in the set, but it is nothing more than the Russian deserves after he continues to fight for every point.

Federer 1-0 Davydenko
Federer starts turning the screw after bagging the opening set and cruises to a love service game to open his account in the second.

First Set

Federer 6-4 Davydenko
Federer claims his second successive break of serve as Davydenko produces another clutch of errors, allowing the world number one to clinch the first set.

Federer 5-4 Davydenko
Davydenko breaks back immediatley as Federer uncharacteristically wobbles while poised to serve out for the first set.

Federer 5-3 Davydenko
Davydenko finally cracks under pressure as he makes four unforced errors to lose his serve for the first time.

Federer 4-3 Davydenko
The first set continues to go with serve although Davydenko at least takes two points off his opponent.

Federer 3-3 Davydenko
Davydenko refuses to bow under pressure from his opponent as he pulls level with another solid service game.

Federer 3-2 Davydenko
Top seed Federer's serve is flowing sweetly as he secures another easy game.

Federer 2-2 Davydenko
Excellent response from Davydenko as he holds his own service to love while showing some deft touches at the net.

Federer 2-1 Davydenko
Federer unleashes a series of stunning forehands to take an emphatic love service game.

Federer 1-1 Davydenko
Davydenko survives a break point under some intense pressure from Federer to bravely draw level.

Federer 1-0 Davydenko
Federer makes a smooth start with a comfortable opening service game.

Background

History suggests that top seed Roger Federer should enjoy an easy passage to his third straight Melbourne semi-finals against Nikolay Davydenko.

The Swiss top seed has only lost three sets to the Russian on his way to notching up a 6-0 record to his advantage.

Both players came through five-set battles in the fourth round so the final match of the day could be a test of mental and physical stamina.


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