Sunday at Melbourne Park was a pretty straight forward day, we now know half of the final eight as the top half of the women’s draw and bottom half of the men’s draw were in action.
Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 6-4 Diego Schwartzman
A good days work for Djokovic against the in-form Argentine.
Diego has posed the biggest threat to Novak this week so far but once again the world number two showed why he is favourite to lift and eighth title at Melbourne Park.
Novak did hit a few more errors than his opponent but he more than double the winners Diego got. Diego did 11 games against Djokovic which is good but didn’t bother him on serve too much winning just 23 points on the seven time champions serve.
Petra Kvitova 6-7 6-3 6-2 Maria Sakkari
A good win for Petra once again.
Last years runner up is through to the business end of the event now after coming through Greeks number one in three sets.
I do think it has to be better if Petra Kvitova looks to win her third major title. It was a difficult year for Petra after a good run here and the one aspects of her game which will need tightening up is the second serve winning 12/31 points today.
Tennys Sandgren 7-6 7-5 6-7 6-4 Fabio Fognini
These two controversial players did their thing out on Melbourne Arena and it was a good match with some stunning tennis.
For the second time in three years the American is through to the quarter finals of The Australian Open. Sandgren is the lowest ranked player in the competition ranked at 100 in the world but his tennis has been better than that.
Fabio Fognini looked like at two sets down he had another Houdini act on the cards but could capitalise on the break points he saw winning just 3 of 8 compared to Tennys winning 5 of 5.
Ons Jabeur 7-6 6-1 Qiang Wang
Many expected Serena vs Wozniacki but these two history makers had other ideas.
Both were coming in fresh off a three set battle and after a close first set the Tunisian ran away with it with her big striking game from the baseline nullifying the weapons of Wang.
This was something Serena couldn’t do but Ons served smartly, not with as much power as Wang but placed her shots lovely as she became the first Tunisian player to reach a Grand Slam quarter final.
Milos Raonic 6-3 6-4 7-5 Marin Cilic
I don’t think many expected these two to be here following inconsistencies in results and injury issues but they have both played a very good tournament.
Milos was the quickest out of the blocks and he never looked back. He did the majority of his damage from the baseline and service line.
The Canadian dropped just 25 points on serve in the three sets and hit and incredible 35 aces against Cilic. Cilic failed to win any break points and despite having an average first serve speed which is just 9mph slower only hit 5 aces!
Sofia Kenin 6-7 6-3 6-0 Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff invested soo much in the first week that she just ran out of steam and ideas slightly against her fellow American.
It was Gauff who was swinging away on the baseline but it got messy. She hit a good number of winners but more than double the errors than what Kenin produced.
The serve was a bit wobbly for Gauff after winning the first set. In the second set she got 44% of first serves in but won 83% behind it but in the third set got 71% in and on just 33% behind it.
Kenin showed her fighting spirt and she rarely gave much away. Kenin hasn’t been spoken about in the same light of players who could cause an upset here and I wouldn’t fancy taking her on in the quarter finals.
Ash Barty 6-3 1-6 6-4 Alison Riske
Ash has made the quarter finals for the second year running at her home slam but this one is as number one in the world.
Ash looked pretty solid but a wobble in the second set and then from 4-1 up in the third her forehand seemed to just disappear.
Alison Riske as know is a tough competitor but will be very disappointed with how the match ended losing on a double fault to the world number one.
There is still one more match to be played today and that is Roger Federer v Marton Fucsovics but that will be covered later!