Shots of the Day: Na, Cibulkova and Wawrinka reach Australian Open finals in style


You'd think that, with the number of matches rapidly reducing as we approach the closing stages of this year's Australian Open, the quantity of stand-out shots on offer day-by-day would decrease.

Well, you'd be wrong.

Three enjoyable semi-finals on Thursday produced a wealth of top notch action, and Dominika Cibulkova and her story understandably assumed centre-stage.

In the video above, she takes a point in the second set of her semi-final as she wrong-foots an advancing Agnieszka Radwanska.

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And below, the Slovakian stays in this game while a break up with this powerful yet well-placed shot down the line.

Radwanska would claim an assist from the net in yet another great exchange between the two, which can be watched below - but this of course was Cibulkova's time to shine as she advanced to the final in straight sets.

Her opponent will be Li Na, in her second straight Australian Open final. Here, she and Eugenie Bouchard engage in one of several mesmerising rallies in their semi-final:

But that cannot touch the way in which Li wrapped up the straight-sets success at the end of the second:

The men's last-four battle between Stanislas Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych, meanwhile, offered a few choice moments in what was an all-around engaging battle for a rare men's singles Grand Slam final berth, in the era of 'The Big Four'.

Firstly, this errant smash from Berdych put Wawrinka on his way to the all-important break in the opening set:

Wawrinka catches Berdych completely off-guard with this reverse winner:

But Berdych shows his speed and reflexes to stretch his opponent in this blink-and-you-miss-it exchange with a glorious drop volley finish:

This rally also ends in Tomas' favour and is just as easy on the eye, if not more so:

However, while not the most visually-pleasing point of the game, it was the following one that meant the most to fans of 'Stan the Man' - the final, match-winning serve in the fourth-set tie-break:

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