Australian Open: Nadal, Cilic, Wozniacki ease into Round of 16

Lester Mason
January 20, 2018

Dimitrov will next face either 17th seed Nick Kyrgios or 15th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who play later on Friday evening. I don't judge that at all.' Asked how he reacts when he doesn't play the way he wants to, Dimitrov replied: 'When you don't feel well during the match, you need to find other courses to take out from them.

"The guy was talking to me and telling me, "you are under pressure now, you are under pressure now", when I was bouncing my balls", Tsonga told reporters.

"She's definitely got a bright future", said Svitolina. The problem is I'm just not finding the right spots on the court right now.

Top seed Rafael Nadal will expect to continue his smooth progress into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday before Nick Kyrgios and Grigor Dimitrov meet in a battle royal of potential as yet unfulfilled.

And the Bulgarian delivered in a testing 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Russian rising star Andrey Rublev as temperatures touched 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

The Australian reportedly pulled out of the event believing he has a serious chance of winning the Grand Slam title in the singles.

Australia has waited 42 years for a new men's champion, so expectations will rise again following Kyrgios's impressive four-set win, a third successive match without a major meltdown for the hot-headed 22-year-old.

Spaniard Nadal has yet to give up a set in his three matches so far and the 31-year-old has a similar record in his three previous meetings with his fourth round opponent, Argentine world number 26 Diego Schwartzman.

After beating qualifiers in his first two matches, Dimitrov had a more hard time against 30th-seed Rublev.


After Will Ferrel, it was the turn of Will Smith to spend time court-side at the Australian Open.

Kyrgios recovered from the setback but couldn't breach Tsonga's serve and was left repeatedly flat-footed by the 15th seed's exquisite volleying. Kyrgios spouted towards his box during his hard-earned four-set win over Tsonga on Friday night.

"I knew my best chance was probably to get in a couple breakers", Kyrgios said. I kept looking at him. "But, Now... I'm pretty sure I'm hooked!" he said on Instagram Saturday. Yeah, we will see how it goes for him.

"How much do you have to pay Svitolina to have (a) one-hour lesson?" I got it for free. The first time they met was also at the Australian Open, and also in the third round, when Sharapova won in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. "I'm feeling good physically, the heat didn't scare me at all today, so that's a good sign".

"But then after that it was just impossible. everything kind of slipped away from me".

Dimitrov fears Kyrgios can be unplayable at times and knows he must seize any small openings he's presented with at Rod Laver Arena.

"Playing Jo, obviously I was very nervous. I was already out of the tournament".

In a tournament shorn of seeds, 81st ranked Petra Martic also swept into the round of 16, celebrating her 27th birthday by holding off a gritty challenge from Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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