01/21 02:22 CST The Latest: Rafael Nadal into Australian Open quarterfinals
The Latest: Rafael Nadal into Australian Open quarterfinals
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) --- The Latest on Sunday from the Australian Open
(all times local):
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a pesky Diego Schwartzman to beat the
Argentinian 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 and advance to the Australian Open
Nadal struggled at times against Schwartzman and needed 13 minutes to hold his
serve in the second game of the fourth set when he saved five break points.
He saved all seven break points he faced in the final set --- 15 of 18 in the
match --- then broke Schwartzman's serve in the final game, clinching it on his
third match point.
Nadal will play sixth-seeded Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals as the Spaniard
attempts to win his second Australian Open title and 17th Grand Slam singles
Elise Mertens extended her winning streak to nine matches with a 7-6 (5), 7-5
victory over Petra Martic, reaching the quarterfinals in her first appearance
in the Australian Open main draw.
After unsuccessfully serving for the match, Mertens broke Martic's service in
the 11th game and then held to love in the last game.
Martic took a medical timeout to receive treatment from a trainer for a hip or
upper thigh complaint after the fifth game of the second set.
Mertens, who successfully defended her Hobart International title last week,
finished last year ranked 35th, up from No. 120 in 2016.
In the quarterfinals, Mertens will play the winner of Sunday night's match
between fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina and qualifier Denisa Allertova, who
hasn't dropped a set in her three main-draw matches.
Marin Cilic won his 100th Grand Slam singles match and advanced to the
Australian Open quarterfinals with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory
over Pablo Carreno Busta on Margaret Court Arena.
The sixth-seeded Cilic won his only Grand Slam singles title at the U.S. Open
in 2014 when he beat Kei Nishikori in the final.
It is Cilic's 11th Grand Slam quarterfinal, leaving him level with Goran
Ivanisevic for most appearances by a Croatian man at that stage.
Cilic's quarterfinal opponent will be either 2017 finalist and top-seeded
Rafael Nadal or Diego Schwartzman, who were playing their fourth-round match at
Rod Laver Arena. Cilic has only beaten Nadal once in six attempts.
Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki is through to the Australian Open
quarterfinals and with a chance to regain the No. 1 ranking in women's tennis.
Wozniacki beat Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-0 on Rod Laver Arena. Rybarikova
double-faulted on break point to open the second set and start Wozniacki on her
way to a dominant victory in 63 minutes.
Since nearly being eliminated in the second round by Jana Fett --- Wozniacki
trailed 5-1 in the third set before winning the last six games --- she has won
her next two matches in straight sets.
Wozniacki, who plays Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarterfinals, could return to
the top ranking if she reaches the semifinals combined with other results, a
spot she hasn't occupied for six years.
She has never won a Grand Slam singles title but lost the U.S. Open final twice
--- to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and to Serena Williams in 2014.
Carla Suarez Navarro is the first player through to the Australian Open
quarterfinals after beating Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 in the opening
fourth-round match on Rod Laver Arena.
Konatveit, who has lost in the first round at Melbourne Park the past two
years, served for the match at 5-4, but had her service broken by the Spanish
Suarez Navarro advanced on her third match point when the 22-year-old Estonian
player hit a forehand long.
Suarez Navarro will play either second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki or Magdalena
Rybarikova in the quarterfinals.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal was set to continue his quest for a second Australian
Open title when he played Diego Schwartzman in an afternoon match on Rod Laver
Fourth-round singles play began Sunday, with third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov
facing local hope Nick Kyrgios in a marquee night matchup.
Also playing in the round of 16 on Sunday were second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki
and fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina. Svitolina's opponent was Denisa Allertova of
Czech Republic, a qualifier but has not dropped a set in her three main-draw
Attention will be focused on Court 14 for an early junior match between
17-year-old Sebastien Korda and Clement Tabur. Korda is the son of 1998
Australian Open champion Petr Korda, and Sebastien also has two sisters who
golf on the LPGA Tour.
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