Australian Open: Nadal and Wozniak move forward

Marie Harrington
January 22, 2018

With a final score of 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3, you might think that world number one Nadal had a comfortable 4-set victory over Argentinian Diego Schwartzman.

"He's won three matches here, playing at very high level". I was playing decent tennis and getting into some good rallies, but the second and third sets got away from me.

"This was the first big match I have played in 2018 and I was able to fight until the end".

Nadal leads 5-1 in their matches.

The Argentine 24th seed endeared with his astonishingly powerful groundstrokes before Nadal prevailed 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3 in nearly four hours on Rod Laver Arena.

The fourth set followed a similar pattern, with Schwartzman unable to get much going with the ball in hand, allowing Nadal to pounce with an early break. However, even if he retains his title the 36-year-old Swiss can not replace Nadal at the top of the rankings.

The Estonian 32nd seed reached the last 16 at Melbourne Park for the first time after winning a roller-coaster match against the French Open champion 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

"A match like this probably helps because it builds confidence in knowing that I can resist nearly four hours on court playing at a good intensity".

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Suarez Navarro enjoyed an outrageous slice of luck when Kontaveit served to stay in the match at 6-7, striking a forehand that hit the net tape twice before wobbling over to give her a second match point. "I know mentally I'm a lot better, as well".

Kyrgios, aiming to be the first homegrown victor of the Australian men's title in 42 years, will next play third-ranked Grigor Dimitrov, who beat No. 30 Andrey Rublev, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

The 37th-ranked Elise Mertens also made the last eight, becoming the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to get so far in Australia.

Nadal had lost his only previous meeting against Dzumhur, when he had to retire because of heat-related issues in the third set in 2016 at Miami.

"He (Hewitt) called me up and said, "we would love to have you in Davis Cup".

"Now we start the second week". No. 17 Madison Keys beat Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-4; Naomi Osaka beat No. 18 Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-2; No. 20 Barbora Strycova beat Bernarda Pera 6-2, 6-2; No. 21 Angelique Kerber beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3; Hsieh Su-wei beat No. 26 Agniezska Radwanska 6-2, 7-5.

Britain's Kyle Edmund reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 afternoon win over Andreas Seppi and could relax and watch the night-time entertainment featuring Dimitrov and Kyrgios. His game has evolved and as Nadal said, he has the ability to dictate terms from the baseline.

Of all the big names in action on Sunday, Wozniacki had the most routine outing in Melbourne, as she got past Rybarikova with minimal fuss.

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