Roger Federer vs Jan-Lennard Struff, Australian Open 2018
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jan 25, 2018,
Jan 25, 2018, 0:55
"I was thinking back a lot about what happened last year because it was my favourite tournament last year hands down", he said after the win.
The temperature peaked at Melbourne Park on Friday at 40.2°C. Yet his unheralded opponent, bidding to become only the third Hungarian man to reach a grand slam quarterfinal in the professional era, offered an all-round display that belied his record, even if it did not surprise Federer.
Hsieh will play 2016 Australian champion Angelique Kerber in the fourth round. It was the Spaniard's fourth win over the Argentine but his toughest after beating him in straight sets in the second round at the 2015 US Open.
Sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova had 11 aces and beat No. 29 Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6), 7-5 in a match featuring just one service break.
Others in action on Monday include seventh-seeded Jelena Ostapenko, who meets Francesca Schiavone in a match featuring current vs. former French Open champions, No. 2-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, who opens against Mihaela Buzarnescu, and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens against Zhang Shuai.
The 6-time champion advanced with a clear-cut 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win over Spanish 21st seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in two hours and 21 minutes on Margaret Court Arena.
He did reveal they already play tennis, not because he has been encouraging them, but because their friends all do and he doesn't want them to feel left out.
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It was "DC" in control at the end, as he took his opponent down and almost sunk in a rear naked choke before the horn sounded. The win was 35-year-old's the sixth straight while Ngannou had his 10-fight winning streak of stoppage wins snapped.
Thiem has now reached the round of 16 or better at each of his last six Grand Slam tournaments.
"I'm loving it and hopefully I can play for a little longer". Sandgren ousted Maximilian Marterer 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (5) while Fucsovics cruised past Nicolas Kicker in 3.
Ash Barty had never made it through to the final 16 at the Australian Open and she wasn't able to change that trend as she lost to Naomi Osaka on Saturday.
Nadal was beaten by Federer at last year's grand slam and will be determined to avoid falling to him again at this year's event.
Kerber will play American Madison Keys in the quarterfinals.
Keys will next play the victor of Saturday's later match between Aliaksandra Sasnovich and eighth-seeded Caroline Garcia. I had a good match against him in the third round a year ago'.
Gasquet had some misfortune with Hawkeye in the second set, having what looked like a decent challenge turned down because the system was not working before going down 2-0 when the rebooted technology showed he had gone long on set point.