“No, I’d probably say more,” she said, “but that’s probably because I’m critical.”
“To be honest, those are not the stats you want to be known for,” Sharapova said, adding that she was more concerned about adding a fifth Grand Slam title and had spent plenty of time on the practice court.
Djokovic needed five sets and 5 hours, 2 minutes to beat Stanislas Warwinka in a fourth-round match on Sunday, but showed little rustiness from that late finish to complete the win over Berdych — albeit on his fourth match point — in 2:31.
It was two-time defending champion Djokovic’s 19th consecutive win at Melbourne Park.
“It was a great performance,” said Djokovic. “I was hoping to have a shorter match.”
The No. 4-seeded Ferrer survived once in the third set and twice in the fourth when No. 10 Nicolas Almagro was serving for the match, holding firm to finally advance to his fourth semifinal in six Grand Slam events with a 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4), 6-2 win.
It was the second straight year that Makarova has lost to Sharapova after knocking out a seeded player in the third round. Last year, she beat Serena Williams in the fourth round. Last weekend, it was No. 5-ranked Angelique Kerber.
Sixth-seeded Li didn’t overly tax herself, either, in the quarterfinals.
The 30-year-old Li advanced to her third semifinal in four years at Melbourne Park.
“She’s a tough player. I was feeling today against a wall,” said Li, who lost the 2011 Australian Open final to Kim Clijsters only months before her Grand Slam breakthrough at the French Open.
The quarter-finals on the other half of the women’s draw will be held Wednesday, with American teenager Sloane Stephens taking on Serena Williams, who is aiming for a third consecutive major title, and defending champion Azarenka playing two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova.
The first man through to the semifinals at Melbourne Park had a difficult time.
The fourth set featured eight service breaks, and Ferrer finally took control in a tiebreaker to force a fifth set.
Almagro has played 33 consecutive majors, but never reached a semifinal. This was his first Grand Slam quarter-final on any surface other than clay — he reached three quarterfinals at the French — and he really took the match to Ferrer, the leading Spaniard in the tournament with the absence of 11-time major winner Rafael Nadal.
Almagro hurt his upper left leg late in the fourth set and needed a medical timeout before the fifth. After holding serve in a long game to open the fifth set, he quickly wilted after the first break.
As he left the court, he gave his compatriot a friendly pat on the back as Ferrer packed his bag on the courtside chairs, then left Rod Laver Arena.