Milos Raonic, Australian Open 2016

First clash between top players in this tournament and it didn’t disappoint! 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka rallied from two sets down to push Milos Raonic to a fifth set, but came up short and the recent Brisbane champion advanced to the quarterfinals after a 6-4 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-3 marathon.

Raonic vs Wawrinka

Raonic vs Wawrinka, Australian Open 2016

Raonic vs Wawrinka, Australian Open 2016
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Victoria Azarenka, Australian Open 2016

Angelique Kerber defeats Annika Beck 6-4 6-0

Angelique Kerber advanced to the quarterfinals in Melbourne for the first time, after a straight-set win over fellow German Annika Beck, ranked 39.

“It was really tough match today. First of all, congrats to Annika for an amazing week, well done to her. She’s a great player with great future.
The first set was very close. It was up and down with breaks and I just tried to stay in the match, be aggressive and take my moments.”

Annika Beck

Annika Beck

Angelique Kerber
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Gael Monfils, Australian Open 2016

Gael Monfils reached the quarterfinals in Melbourne for the first time after a 7-5 3-6 6-3 7-6 win over 74th ranked Andrey Kuznetsov. The Frenchman had an easy ride to the the last 8, beating Yuichi Sugita (124), Nicolas Mahut (63) and Stéphane Robert (225); but he’ll be the underdog on Wednesday as he faces in-form Milos Raonic.
Do you think Monfils can cause an upset?

Gael Monfils at the Australian Open 2016

Gael Monfils at the Australian Open 2016

Gael Monfils at the Australian Open 2016
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Tomas Berdyc, Australian Open 2016

Tomas Berdych reached the quarterfinals in Melbourne for the fourth time in six years, but how tough it was! He had to battle deep to get past 24th-seed Roberto Bautista Agut in five sets 4-6 6-4 6-3 1-6 6-3.

He’ll next face Roger Federer who dispatched David Goffin in three sets: 6-2 6-1 6-4.

Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open 2016

Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open 2016

Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open 2016
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It’s over for Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt, Australian Open 2016

Lleyton Hewitt‘s life as a pro player is over, as the former number one and his partner Sam Groth were knocked out of the Australian Open men’s doubles by Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock.

Hewitt will now focus on his role as Davis Cup captain, and Australia’s next tie against USA in March.

Lleyton Hewitt plays doubles with Sam Groth  at the Australian Open 2016

Lleyton Hewitt plays doubles with Sam Groth  at the Australian Open 2016

Lleyton Hewitt plays doubles with Sam Groth  at the Australian Open 2016
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