Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have passed their first real test with success: the Scot destroyed Jurgen Melzer 6-3 6-1 6-1 and Nadal won 6-2 6-4 6-3 over 2010 semifinalist Marin Cilic in just over two and a half hours. Next for them: Dolgopolov and Ferrer.
Despite his loss, Melzer will enter the top 10 for the first time in his career when the new rankings list comes out next Monday.
Ferrer ended Raonic‘s incredible run in 4 sets. Not since Goran Ivanisevic in 1989 had a qualifier made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

Upset of the day: Alexander Dolgopolov defeats Robin Soderling 1-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-2
I must say I didn’t see that coming. Soderling was for me one of the favorite for the title. Winner in Brisbane, he had not lost a single set since the beginning of the year. He lost to Dolgopolov in 5 sets.

Aussie of the day: Rennae Stubbs
The outspoken doubles specialist played her last Grand Slam match today. Stubbs won 60 doubles titles including four women’s Grand Slam titles (with Lisa Raymond and Cara Black) and two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles (with Jared Palmer and Todd Woodbridge).
She will again be part of the Australian Fed Cup team which faces Italy in the first round on 5 February.

Matches to follow on day 9:
[30] Andrea Petkovic (GER) v [9] Na Li (CHN)
[19] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v [2] Roger Federer (SUI)
[1] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) v [6] Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) v [3] Novak Djokovic (SRB)

Surprising upsets today at the Australian Open: Sam Stosur was outplayed by 25th-seeded Petra Kvitova, whereas Nadia Petrova, Mikhail Youzhny and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were all defeated by unseeded players (respectively Elena Makarova, Milos Raonic and Alexandr Dolgopolov).
I must say I had never heard of Raonic before: aged 20, Milos was born in Montenegro, was raised in Canada and just recently began training in Barcelona under coach and former player Galo Blanco.
Robin Soderling, Andy Murray and David Ferrer bounced through their matches and qualified for the fourth round.

On the women’s side, Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva had to battle hard to overcome Lucie Safarova and AlizĂ©e Cornet.

Stat of the day: 0
There’s no Aussie player left anymore in the singles draw. Stosur and Tomic both lost today.

Aussie of the day: Bernard Tomic
Seven years ago a 17-year-old Nadal lost in straight sets to Lleyton Hewitt in the third round of Australian Open 2004. Today, Nadal overcame Tomic, Australia’s biggest hope, in straight sets. We can just hope for the Aussie he will have the same kind of career as Rafa…

Match of the day: Marin Cilic defeats John Isner
It seems like every new day brings a new a big five set thriller at this year’s Australian Open. Today’s marathon featured John Isner and Marin Cilic.The Croatian, a semifinalist here last year, prevailed 4-6 6-2 6-7 7-6 9-7 in 4hrs and 33 minutes.

Matches to follow on day 7:
Na Li(CHN)[9] vs. Victoria Azarenka(BLR)[8]
Andy Roddick(USA)[8] vs. Stanislas Wawrinka(SUI)[19]
Nicolas Almagro(ESP)[14] vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]
Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)[23] vs. Francesca Schiavone(ITA)[6]
Tomas Berdych(CZE)[6] vs. Fernando Verdasco(ESP)[9]