Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych secured their spot in the last 8 with straight sets wins over Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco. It was a bad day for the Spaniards as another countryman, Tommy Robredo, lost to Roger Federer in 4 sets.
The surprise came from Stanislas Wawrinka who defeated Andy Roddick. It seems the US player will remain forever in the “one Slam winner” category .

Upset of the day: Andrea Petkovic defeats Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova is just a pale copy of the dominant player she once was. She was dismantled 2-6 3-6 by 30th seed Andrea Petkovic. She joins former No.1s Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Justine Henin, Dinara Safina and Jelena Jankovic as players who have been sent out of the tournament in the first week.

Match of the day: Francesca Schiavone defeats Svetlana Kuznetsova
Today’s marathon features Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova, who set a record for the longest women’s Grand Slam match in the Open era… 4 hours 44 minutes. The 30-game third set alone lasted exactly three hours.

Quote of the day: Svetlana Kuznetsova

“At some stage I was like, what’s the score? Who’s serving? I was like, what’s going on anyway here?
“I had no clue sometimes. It was so hard to count. I was like, who is up? She? Me?”

Stat of the day: 27
With his win over Tommy Robredo, Roger Federer equalled Jimmy Connors‘ record of consecutive major quarter-final appearances.

Matches to follow on day 8:
4] Robin Soderling (SWE) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
[11] Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v [5] Andy Murray (GBR)
[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) v [15] Marin Cilic (CRO)
Ekaterina Makaraova (RUS) v [3] Kim Clijsters (BEL)
[25] Petra Kvitova (CZE) v [22] Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
Iveta Benesova (CZE) v [2] Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
Milos Raonic (CAN) v [7] David Ferrer (ESP)

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Caroline Wozniacki, Francesca Schiavone, Victoria Azarenka and Na Li roll into fourth round with straight sets wins. Maria Sharapova had to fight 3 close sets to win over Julia Goerges.
Venus was forced to retire from her her third round encounter against Andrea Petkovic after just six minutes.
The only semi surprise today was Kuznetsova‘s win over Henin.

All the favorites who were playing today (Federer, Djokovic, Berdych, Roddick, Verdasco) are also through to the fourth round in the men’s draw.

Stat of the day: 57
Today four-time champion Roger Federer overtook Stefan Edberg, as the player who has won the most Australian Open matches (57).
Well, Stefan still holds the record for the number of matches won by playing SERVE AND VOLLEY. Remember what it is Federer?

Match of the day: Svetlana Kuznetsova defeats Justine Henin
For me Kuznetsova has always been some kind of a female Marat Safin: an extremely talented underachiever. She was 2-16 before her third round match against Henin, but this time she dominated with her powerful groundstrokes and overcame her nerves to knock the 7-time Grand Slam champion out of the tournament in a 6-4, 7-6 (8) victory.

Matches to follow on day 6:
Samantha Stosur(AUS)[5] vs. Petra Kvitova(CZE)[25]
Rafael Nadal(ESP)[1] vs. Bernard Tomic(AUS)
Flavia Pennetta(ITA)[22] vs. Shahar Peer(ISR)[10]
John Isner(USA)[20] vs. Marin Cilic(CRO)[15]

As expected (read our Fed Cup final preview here), Italy successfully defended its Fed Cup title on Sunday by beating USA 3-1.
The only surprise of the week end was Mary Joe Fernandez decision to choose Coco Vandeweghe over Melanie Oudin to play singles on Saturday. A pretty bad coaching decision as Vandeweghe looked like a fish out of the water and lost her 2 matches against Schiavone and Pennetta in straight sets.
It is Italy’s third Fed Cup trophy in five years. Congrats to Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani.

The women’s season is definitely over: Ana Ivanovic captured the last tournament of the year in Bali. And she’s finally back in the top 20.
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2010 Fed Cup final preview

Italy and USA will meet in San Diego this week end for a rematch of last year’s Fed Cup final, won by Pennetta and co 4-0 in Reggio Calabria.
Even though USA lead their head-to-head 9 to 1, italian players are the big favorites in the absence of Serena and Venus Williams. All 4 members of the italian team (Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani) are better ranked than the best US player: Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Hard courts are obviously not Francesca’s and Flavia’s best surface, but they will be both boosted by their recent good results: Schiavone qualified for the first time for the WTA championships whereas Pennetta captured the doubles WTA Championships with partner Gisela Dulko last week.
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Match of the day: Federer defeats Falla 5-7 4-6 6-4 7-6 6-0 in 3hrs 18min
It could have been Falla’s biggest win of his career, instead it will remain his cruelest defeat ever. World number 60, Alejandro Fallo never reached an ATP final, his best result in a Grand Slam is a third round at this year’s Australian Open, however he was just a couple points away to cause the biggest upest in tennis history: he lead Federer by 2 sets to love with 4 break points at 4-4 in the third, and served for the match at 5-4 in the fourth. But suddenly he woke up, realized what he was up to and choked.
A really disappointing performance by Federer who never looked like the 16th Grand Slam champion he is.

Did you watch Federer’s match? What do you think of his poor start? Is he still the favorite for the title? Please vote.

There was much less drama for last year’s runner-up Andy Roddick and for come-back queens Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin who qualified easily in straight sets.

Seeds upsets: Francesca Schiavone, Ivan Ljubicic, Marin Cilic

Tomorrow on Centre court:
Serena Williams vs Michelle Larcher de Brito
Kei Nishikori vs Rafael Nadal
Robin Soderling vs Robby Ginepri