Can Kyrgios win back Australia's hearts?

22 January, 2018, 02:24 | Author: Irene Delgado
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Top seed Rafael Nadal stormed into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a bludgeoning 6-1 6-3 6-1 defeat of Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur on Friday.

In the quarterfinals, Mertens will play the victor of Sunday night's match between fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina and qualifier Denisa Allertova, who hasn't dropped a set in her three main-draw matches.

"It was a good test for me", Nadal said.

"I'm a big believer in life, and what I've learned is that learning (something that) in 10 minutes would take someone (by themselves) 10 years is a very effective way to maximise the short window that you get in this sport", he said.

Leonardo Mayer did take him to a third set tiebreak in his second match, but otherwise, Nadal has given up more than three games in any given set just once.

Serving at 5-3, his arm tightened and Kyrgios pounced but Dimitrov hit back strongly in the tie-break to move to within a set of victory.

His fellow French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko followed Nadal's match on Margaret Court Arena but didn't make it to the second week, losing 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to No. 32-seeded Anett Kontaveit.

Edmund duly delivered with 23 unforced errors as Seppi, a decade older and a veteran of three previous trips to the fourth round of the Australian Open, held serve easily and mustered up five break points.

Spaniard Nadal had not dropped a single set going into the fourth-round clash, but was made to wait for his victory over a stubborn Schwartzman. However, even if he retains his title the 36-year-old Swiss can not replace Nadal at the top of the rankings.

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Rafael Nadal's hopes of going one better than previous year and winning the Australian Open are still alive, following his four-set victory over Diego Scwartzman. "I've got doubles tomorrow and then I've got a tough match against (Grigor) Dimitrov".

Nick Kyrgios electrified the crowd with a fantastic four set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"Four the last four games I've been asking to turn on the lights because it's dark", Zverev said.

"Now we start the second week in the quarter-finals".

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

Cilic of Croatia prevailed 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (9-7) to register his 100th Grand Slam career match win, securing him a place in the quarter-finals of a major for the 11th time, reports Efe. Last year, Federer defeated Nadal in a five-set epic to take home the title at Melbourne Park. If he is in a good mood, the chances are he might be able to win. She beat the Czech qualifier Denisa Allertova, 6-3, 6-0, to reach the quarterfinals here for the first time.

"When you win 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 in the third round, is always a great result", Nadal said.

She won't play a seeded opponent until the semi finals.


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