Dominika Cibulkova defeats Simona Halep 6-3 6-0
The Slovakian continues her impressive run and qualifies for the second Grand Slam semifinal of her career, after Roland Garros in 2009.
Agnieszka Radwanska defeats Victoria Azarenka 6-1 5-7 6-0
What a demonstration of skills by Radwanska who ousted defending champion Azarenka to reach her first semifinal in Melbourne.
Azarenka struggled to cope with Radwanska’s anticipation and sublime touch. If she produces that same high quality tennis against Cibulkova, the Wimbledon 2012 finalist will start favourite in the final, whoever she faces.
Rafael Nadal defeats Grigor Dimitrov 3-6 7-6(3) 7-6(7) 6-2
The world number 1 struggled to defeat Kei Nishikori in the previous round and he struggled again to get past Baby Fed, Grigor Dimitrov.
After half an hour Nadal was already one set down but he raised his level and won the second set on tiebreak. Two big forehand errors when Dimitrov had Nadal at his mercy cost him the third set tiebreak and then the match. Nadal will play on Friday his fourth Melbourne semifinal, which his 22nd Grand Slam semifinal overall.
Roger Federer defeats Andy Murray 6-3 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3
For the first time in a Slam we could have an all-Swiss final. But first, Wawrinka would have to beat 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, and Federer would have to find a way past Nadal, who he hasn’t beaten in a Slam since Wimbledon 2007.
Andy Murray showed an encouraging performance in the Australian Open, a few months after his back surgery. It bodes well for him for the rest of the season.
Another day another huge upset in the women’s draw: yesterday Serena Williams was defeated by Ana Ivanovic and today it was Maria Sharapova’s turn: Sharapova was ousted by 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova.
No problem for Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska who proved too strong for Sloane Stephens and Garbine Muguruza.
Stat of the day: 11
Roger Federer will make his 11th straight Australian Open appearance
Pic of the day: Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens
Tweet of the day: Nadal’s shoelace
— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) January 20, 2014
Matches to follow on Day 9:
Li Na (4) – Flavia Pennetta (28)
Eugenie Bouchard (30) – Ana Ivanovic (14)
David Ferrer (3) – Tomas Berdych (7)
Stanislas Wawrinka (8) – Novak Djokovic (2)
Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Jelena Jankovic, Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens and Dominika Cibulkova advance to the fourth round.
The only surprise came from Garbine Muguruza, who won her first WTA tour event in Hobart earlier in the month as a qualifier and has knocked out 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki in the third round. She’ll play Agnieszka Radwanska next.
Grigor Dimitrov beats Milos Raonic in 3 sets to reach his first ever 4th round at a Slam. He next faces Roberto Bautista Agut who followed his upset win over Juan Martin del Potro with a straight sets victoy over Benoit Paire.
Andy Murray defeats Feliciano Lopez for the eight time in eight match and will meet lucky loser Stéphane Robert in the last 16.
Roger Federer advanced to the fourth round for the 13th consecutive year following his win over Teymuraz Gabashvili. He’ll face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who beat countryman Gilles Simon for a place in the quaterfinals.
Kei Nishikori beat Donald Young, the last American man in the singles draw in straight sets. His next opponent: Rafael Nadal who dismantled Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 6-3.
Garbine Muguruza def Caroline Wozniacki (10), Roberto Bautista Agut def Benoit Paire (27)
Video of the day: Famous. Favored. Fallen.
Matches to follow on Day 7:
Serena Williams (1) – Ana Ivanovic (14)
Fabio Fognini (15) – Novak Djokovic (2)
Stanislas Wawrinka (8) – Tommy Robredo (17)
It could have been one of the biggest upsets in the Australian Open history: Maria Sharapova needed 3 hours 30 minutes to defeat 44th ranked Karin Knapp 10-8 in the final set!
Azarenka, Nadal, Federer, Murray and Tsonga cruise into the third round.
Upset of the day: Roberto Bautista Agut def Juan Martin Del Potro
Seriously, who saw that one coming? Del Potro captures the Sydney title, claims his goal is to join the top 3 and a few days later he falls in the second round for the second Slam in a row.
Yvonne Meusburger def Bojana Jovanovski (33), Kurumi Nara def Magdalena Rybarikova (32), Roberto Bautista Agut def Juan Martin Del Potro (5), Donald Young def Andreas Seppi (24), Teymuraz Gabashvili def Fernando Verdasco (31)
Pic of the day:
Play was halted for heat and then it was halted for storms.
Video of the day: Nick Kyrgios
Matches to follow on Day 5:
Serena Williams (1) – Daniela Hantuchova (31)
Sam Stosur (17) – Ana Ivanovic (14)
Tommy Robredo (17) – Richard Gasquet (9)
Serena/Venus Williams – Kristina Mladenovic/Flavia Pennetta
Match of the day: Gilles Simon defeats Daniel Brands 6-7 6-4 3-6 6-3 16-14
Simon saves 7 match points and wins after 4 hours and 32 minutes of play.
Australian player of the day: Lleyton Hewitt
The recent Brisbane champion rallied from two sets down but lost in 5 sets and 4 hours and 18 minutes to 24th seed Andreas Seppi. The Australian Open is not over for Hewitt yet, as he’ll play doubles with Pat Rafter.
Stat of the day: 6
6 players retired today: Bernard Tomic, Robin Haase, Julian Reister, John Isner, Radek Stepanek and Polona Hercog who retired after only one game! That makes 9 retirements in the first round with the retirements of Andrey Golubev, Tommy Haas and Alex Bogomolov and yesterday. I guess it must be some kind of record.
Pic of the day: Svetlana Kuznetsova
wearing her Qiaodan dress. Fashion hit or miss?
Video of the day: Thanasi Kokkinakis victory lap
Matches to follow on Day 3:
Hewitt/Rafter – Butorac/Klaasen
Nikolay Davydenko – Richard Gasquet (8)
Sam Querrey – Ernests Gulbis (23)
Roger Federer enjoyed his first hit of 2014 on the Rod Laver arena: