Konta & Mur­ray reach semi-fi­nals

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Bri­tain have two Grand Slam sin­gles semi-fi­nal­ists for the first time since 1977 af­ter vic­to­ries for Jo­hanna Konta and Andy Mur­ray at the Aus­tralian Open. Konta con­tin­ued her re­mark­able run with a 6-4 6-1 win over China's Zhang Shuai in the quar­ter-fi­nals and next faces Ger­man sev­enth seed An­gelique Kerber.

Fel­low Bri­ton Mur­ray saw off Spain's David Fer­rer 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-3 to reach his sixth Mel­bourne semi-fi­nal.

The Scot, seeded se­cond, will play Canada's Mi­los Raonic on Fri­day.

Konta and Mur­ray have matched the achieve­ment of semi-fi­nal­ist Sue Barker and run­ner-up John Lloyd, who both reached the last four at the Aus­tralian Open 39 years ago. Mur­ray, 28, won a gru­elling quar­ter-fi­nal against eighth seed Fer­rer that lasted three hours and 49 min­utes.

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