• Nadal crushed as Sharapova slaps down Bouchard

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    MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open dream lay in tatters Tuesday with the third seed crushed by Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals, but Maria Sharapova showed who’s boss by slapping down Eugenie Bouchard. The Czech seventh seed insisted ahead of the match that the imposing statistic meant little and he came out of the blocks firing, winning 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (7/5) despite a mini Nadal revival in the third set. In contrast to Nadal’s lackluster performance, the experienced Sharapova dominated Bouchard 6-3, 6-2 to set up an all-Russian semifinals with dark horse Ekaterina Makarova.

    AFP

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