Daniil survives after a slight scare!
Daniil Medvedev who is considered a favourite for the title saw things get tricky for the Russian who has now extended his winning run on the tour to 17 without loss.
It was plain sailing for the fourth seed who led 6-3 6-3 against Krajinovic but the Serb struck back pretty unexpectedly and levelled the match at two sets each to cause a stir on Rod Laver Arena.
Despite the slump from the Russian and the rise of Filip it ended up being a sprint to the finish line for Daniil extending his unbeaten run to 17 matches and winning the final set 6-0 against the 28th seed.
Muchova wins the ‘Czech Off’
Two Karolina’s, Pliskova and Muchova but it was the latter who secured their place into the fourth round on Monday with a straight sets win over former semi-finalist and sixth seed Karolina Pliskova.
I wouldn’t really call it a shock by any stretch of the imagination, we have seen before what Muchova is capable of at Wimbledon and she showed us once again. She has had some injury battles since that Wimbledon win but she has looked really sharp so far in 2021.
Muchova hits her two handed backhand with confidence down the line and cross court but Pliskova seems too invested in rallies at times and her struggles at the majors go on.
Svitolina & Mertens dominate
The good form of Elise Mertens and Elina Svitolina has really impressed me. Out of the two it is the Ukrainian I have been impressed with, she has had to orchestrate her way past some difficult opponents but has looked pretty strong.
Neither Elina or Elise messed about on Saturday in Melbourne as they won their matches in style. Elina Svitolina saw off Yulia Putintseva 6-4 6-0 where as Mertens dropped one less game beating 11th seed Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-1.
Andrey & Stefanos put on a show!
Maybe outside chances for Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas but both have set a very high level of tennis during this tournament.
Stefanos on the back of that five set win over Thanasi Kokkinakis didn’t show many signs of tiredness at all with a comfortable 6-4 6-1 6-1 win in just over 90 minutes against Ymer.
Andrey the complete same, his opponent Feliciano Lopez came from two sets down to win his previous match at the age of 39 which is quite exceptional but the Russian had too much for the Spaniard.
The first set between the two was close but with Andrey winning 7-5 but went onto just dropped five more games in a 7-5 6-2 6-3 win over the Spaniard who was playing his 75th consecutive Grand Slam event.
Donna takes out Kanepi!
The question was, who is going to stop Kaia Kanepi in this mood? The answer, Donna Vekic.
The Croat is another player who has gone about her business well in Melbourne and needed to bring out her best to stop Kaia on a great run of form in Melbourne.
Donna was a set down to the Estonian but rallied to win in three close sets but it was her exceptional hitting which was poignant throughout the match really targeting the backhand corner deep and angled against Kanepi.
Barty trailed twice but recovered as Berrettini looks to recover following late scare
World number one Ash Barty continued her fine form and extended her winning run to seven matches following a straight sets win over Ekaterina Alexandrova. It wasn’t the easiest of battles for the Aussie who rallied from a break down in both sets to win.
Alexandrova did have a chance in the second for a 5-3 lead over the world number one but lost three games in a row at 4-3 as the Ash Barty sealed her place into next week.
Matteo Berrettini’s good form in Melbourne continues from his ATP Cup efforts, the Italian played incredibly well and smart against Karen Khachanov winning in three tie-break sets. Matteo played the majority of the match playing catch-up on serve but never faltered and stayed very calm.
The third set did look problematic for the Italian down 4-5 with a bit of a twinge in his lower left side led to some doubts with the physio coming on and the Italian struggling slightly with his movement.
Despite this, he did rally in the third set tie-break despite being 2-5 down to win in straight sets!