Men’s Quarter Finals results:
No. 6 Marin Cilic beat No. 1 Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 2-0, retired
Kyle Edmund beat No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Women’s Quarter Finals results:
No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-2
Elise Mertens beat No. 4 Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0.
The big names continued to suffer defeats at the Australian Open on day nine with Grigor Dimitrov and Rafael Nadal exiting the tournament on an intense day of tennis at Melbourne Park.
World No. 3 Dimitrov missed out on another opportunity to push for grand slam success when he was stunned by unseeded English star Kyle Edmund.
It means two of the four semi-finalists in the men’s singles draw will be unseeded by the time American Tennys Sandgren and Korean Hyeon Chung play out their quarter-final on Wednesday.
It was up to Nadal to reverse the trend, but after a marathon three hours, against Marin Cilic, the No. 1 seed’s body gave up on him. This lead to the Spaniard retiring and ending the contest.
On the women’s side unseeded Belgian Elise Mertens continued her dream run at Melbourne Park with a straight sets victory over World No. 4 Elina Svitolina.
Caroline Wozniacki also needs to play at the highest level to overcome veteran Carla Suarez Navarro in the other quarter-final of the day.
Day 10 Preview:
Nobody saw this coming: Two weeks ago, South Korean Hyeon Chung played Tennys Sandgren in a first-round match at Auckland, New Zealand, with Chung a three-set winner. Now they’re meeting the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park after Chung upset six-time champion Novak Djokovic in the fourth round and Sandgren beat 2014 Australian winner Stan Wawrinka and fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem en route to the final eight. The other quarterfinal is a more expected one: Defending champion Roger Federer against Tomas Berdych, and the 19-time Grand Slam champion has a 19-6 edge over the Czech player, including all four times they have played at Melbourne Park.
The women’s quarterfinals in the top half of the draw Tuesday see top-seeded Simona Halep against Karolina Pliskova and Angelique Kerber vs. U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys. Kerber is on a 13-match winning streak while 17th-seeded Keys beat No. 8 Caroline Garcia in the fourth round. Keys has only won one of seven matches against Kerber, and five of the six losses were in straights set.
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