Men’s Fourth Round results:
No. 2 Roger Federer beat Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-2
Tennys Sandgren beat No. 5 Dominic Thiem 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (7), 6-3
Hyeon Chung beat No. 14 Novak Djokovic 7-6 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3)
No. 19 Tomas Berdych beat No. 25 Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
Women’s Fourth Round results:
No. 1 Simona Halep beat Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 Karolina Pliskova beat No. 20 Barbora Strycova 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2
No. 17 Madison Keys beat No. 8 Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2
No. 21 Angelique Kerber beat Hsieh Su-wei 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Roger Federer kept up his flawless form at the Australian Open on Monday, as he swaggered into the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-2 win over Marton Fucsovics.
The second seed has yet to drop a set in the tournament and is looking in excellent shape to defend the title he won a year ago. Federer will now face Tomas Berdych in the last eight, after the Czech overcame Fabio Fognini.
There was a big upset later in the day, as Hyeon Chung—ranked 58th in the world—beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
In the women’s bracket, top seed Simona Halep was in sparkling form in her win over Naomi Osaka. Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion, and Madison Keys are also into the last eight.
Day 9 Preview:
It’s the start of quarterfinals at Melbourne Park, and no one has a tougher task than Marin Cilic, who plays top-seeded Rafael Nadal. Nadal has won five of six matches against the hard-serving Croatian, including at the 2011 Australian Open, where Nadal won in straight sets in the fourth round. That’s the only previous time the pair have met in a Grand Slam.
The other men’s quarterfinal has third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov against Kyle Edmund, the only British male in the draw after Andy Murray withdrew to have hip surgery. Edmund’s ranking of 49 doesn’t give Dimitrov confidence. “He’s gone that far,” Dimitrov said. “There is no place for underestimation or anything like that.” The pair met just two weeks ago in the Brisbane quarterfinals, where Dimitrov won in three sets.
Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who saved two match points in her second-round match and needed to come back from a 5-1 deficit against Jana Fett, can return to the No. 1 ranking she last held six years ago. She plays Carla Suarez Navarro with a 5-2 career edge, although Suarez Navarro won the last time they met — on clay last year in Madrid. Also, fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine takes on Elise Mertens.
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