Australian Open: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic into 4th round

Australian Open: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic into 4th round

Her idol? Rafael Nadal, "because he fights, no matter what". Sometimes we put our body at risk. The first time they met was also at the Australian Open, and also in the third round, when Sharapova won in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.

The 36-year-old second seed was rather fortunate to clinch the match with a backhand victor after Gasquet had fired his shot off the net cord but he was undoubtedly a worthy victor, reaching the fourth round without conceding a set so far.

Alarm bells were ringing for Kerber when Sharapova rifled away a backhand victor to earn a break point at 3-3, but the Russian missed a regulation forehand to waste the chance. "I had a more tougher match under the heat in previous years at the Australian Open, but today was - it was hot, but I don't think was the hottest day". The Grand Slams know that. But it was not cramp-she had lost a toe-nail, and a speedy fix was enough to carry her through another half dozen games. It was not easy at all.

Novak Djokovic is into the third round at the Australian Open.

Dominic Thiem proved he is one of the fittest players on the tour.

Federer will face unseeded Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the round of 16 after dispatching 29th seed Gasquet 6-2 7-5 6-4 on Saturday evening, in just under two hours.

That is exactly what happened in the second and third sets.

Maria Sharapova was always going to be a unsafe unseeded floater, and it was Kerber, down at 21 after a tough, confidence-sapping 2017, who drew the short straw.

Two men and two women - Filip Krajinovic, Lu Yen-hsun, Margarita Gasparyan and Ana Konjuh - withdrew after noon on Thursday and were declared unfit to play by the tournament doctor, as required by the rule.

The Swiss has only lost twice to the stylish Frenchman in their 19 meetings, winning all their four Grand Slam encounters. And she had barely broken sweat, it seemed, to reach the third round.

He let Monfils off the hook for most of the second set, too, before finally converting a break point at 4-3.

It was curtains, though, for 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, whose comeback tournament after knee surgery ended in a 6-2 6-1 6-4 loss to Tennys Sandgren.

Gael Monfils, for one, staggered through a good portion of his second-round match against Novak Djokovic, bending over repeatedly to catch his breath between points and at one stage returning to the comfort of his shaded chair without even attempting to return Djokovic's serve.

Argentine Nicholas Kicker, who defeated Australia's Jordan Thompson in the first round, pushed past Slovak Lukas Lacko 6-2, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5.

"She was the more aggressive player".

"That's what I told Sascha [Zverev]. I was just more trying to go out on the special court for me and play good tennis". "He was great, super nice guy, hard-working, he's a great baseliner, really strong, so I'm happy I know him a little bit". "But I wanted also to improve my game, to be more aggressive, taking the ball in my hands". And what began as a tough draw has now opened up, not just with the dispatch of Sharapova but of the other seeds in this eighth.

Tim Smyczek, a 30-year-old American ranked No. 131, recalled one year at Wimbledon when he, as a lucky loser, waited for a possible withdrawal, only to see several players retire midmatch with what appeared to be pre-existing injuries. But while the slight veteran from Chinese Taipei has had plenty of success in doubles, it is hard to see her tactical touch and guile withstanding Kerber. It keeps alive her campaign to reclaim the No1 ranking, though she has to win the title to do so.

In Halep's quarter, No6 Karolina Pliskova has yet to lose a set after beating No29 seed Lucie Safarova.

Pliskova next plays No20 seed, yet another Czech, Barbora Strycova, who beat lucky loser Bernarda Pera, 6-2, 6-2, in 68 minutes.

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