Super Sunday at Melbourne Park may of been without fans but it was certainly a day full of excitement and mesmerising tennis as places in the final eight were booked and some were squandered from good positions.
Thiem tumbles as Dimitrov strikes again!
Dominic Thiem will be sick of the sight of Grigor Dimitrov, for the third consecutive time the Bulgarian has now beaten the Austrian who once again wasn’t convincing.
It did seem like something was up with the Austrian, he seemed off the pace but did at the ATP Cup. Did the efforts he went to against Kyrgios catch up with him?
Despite losing in three sets it wasn’t a straight forward win for Dimitrov who did trail 1-3 in the first two sets but rallied and recalled on previous performances to defeat the US Open champion.
Simona Halep survives Swiatek!
Iga Swiatek doesn’t drop sets at Grand Slams. Coming into the match she had won 10 consecutive matches by straight sets and took her tally of sets won to 21 sealing the first 6-3 over Halep.
The Romanian did have two chances to break at 3-3 in a 6 minute game but 6 minutes later lost the set 3-6. The former finalist did turn up the pressure herself by taking a step back and began to dictate without having to go full throttle.
It was an exciting match to kick off the night session on Rod Laver Arena and Simona Halep has set another Melbourne meeting with Serena Williams.
Aslan Karatsev roars into the final eight!
One of the incredible stories out of the Australian Open has been the former of first time major qualifier Aslan Karatsev.
The 27 year old Russian obviously qualified a month ago and has been patiently waiting since. He had a taste of the big stage watching ATP Cup team mates Medvedev and Rublev in action last week but is in fantastic form this.
Having beat Schwartzman in round three he came from two sets down in round four to see off Felix Auger Aliassime and in the final three sets didn’t face a break point!
Naomi Osaka fights back to see off Muguruza
A big win as well for Naomi Osaka but it didn’t look like being that one at a point.
Naomi has now come back four times in her last nineteen matches to win in three sets and this was one of the biggest. The former champion up against Muguruza for the very first time had to come from a set down to win but also trailed 3-5 in the third set and had to face two match points.
The level of the three time major champion was too much for the Spaniard as the match edged closer to the finish line with the level of the Japanese number one going from strength to strength and keeps her chances of winning the Australian Open again a possibility.
Novak Djokovic through despite concerns
Novak Djokovic will play again at the Australian Open on Tuesday against Sascha Zverev. The Serb fought in four sets to see off Milos Raonic once again brushing aside concerns of a abdominal tear.
Novak’s win takes his recent Australian Open run to 18 unbeaten which is sensational and Zverev will hope to put an end to that.
The world number one was obviously asked about this injury but was quite vague:
‘I understand you want to know. I don’t want to get into what it is. I had an MRI. I know what it is. I don’t want to speculate about it.’
Serena sets another record!
Serena Williams has come through her first test of the Australian Open and her first top ten win of the year. The 23 time major champion was a set up on Aryna Sabalenka but was forced to go the distance.
The former champion has looked very good this week and will be hoping to continue her good form in the quarter finals up against an opponent she knows well in Simona Halep who described Serena today as “Legend, she’s the best”
It will be a record equaling 54th Grand Slam quarter final, level with Chris Evert in the Open Era on the WTA Tour.