Australian Open 2021 Day 7: Djokovic overcomes injury to beat Raonic, will face Zverev in quarterfinals; Simona Halep, Serena Williams and Osaka advance to last eight
Australian Open 2021 Day 7: World number one Novak Djokovic advanced to quarter-finals beating Milas Raonic 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. The Serb came through a tough examination of his fitness to beat the Canadian powerhouse.
Djokovic, who suffered a side muscle during a five-set win against Taylor Fritz on Friday, show hints of discomfort on the way to becoming only the second player to reach 300 Grand Slam match wins.
Fourteenth seed Raonic had never previously taken a set off Djokovic in three previous Grand Slam meetings so when he snatched the second set a surprise looked possible.
But the Serb, bidding for a record-extending ninth title in Melbourne, responded by raising his game and improving his record over Raonic to 12-0.
Djokovic will now clash against seventh-ranked Germany’s Alexander Zverev for a place in the semi-finals.
Australia Open 2021: Simona Halep, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka advance to quarterfinal
World No.2 Simona Halep has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. She overpowered Iga Swiatek after losing the opening set. Halep came from behind to register 6-1, 6-4 victory against the Polish. The Romanian will next face Serena Williams in the quarterfinal round.
In other fixture, sixth-seeded Alexandar Zverev came out on top of D Lajovic after a scare in the second round. The German professional won the match 6-4, 7-6 and 6-3. The German got most of his first serves in and racked up 44 winners to dominate the 30-year-old Lajovic throughout the match.
After losing the first set, Lajovic came back strong and gave a tough fight in the second set as it went into the tie-breaker but his efforts went in vain as the German claimed it by 7-6(5). In the third set, Zverev claimed the match and cruised to the next round of the tournament. He will meet the winner of Djokovic vs Raonic match in the quarterfinal round.
Earlier today, Serena Williams has secured a place in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2021 after her win against seventh seed A Sabalenka. The 39-year-old veteran came back after losing the second set. The score ended 6-4, 2-6 and 6-4 in favour of 23 times Grand Slam champion.
Serena emerged triumphant in the first set and she displayed her trademark game to not give Sabalenka any chance in the first set. The American took the first set 6-4.
In the second set, Sabalenka managed to change her fortunes around and she gave Serena no respite. Sabalenka managed to gain a 5-1 lead in the second set and Serena faced an uphill task. In the end, Sabalenka managed to take the second set 6-2.
In the third and final set, Serena had managed to take a 4-2 lead, but Sabalenka came back strongly and the scoreline was levelled at 4-4. In the end, Serena managed to maintain her composure and she sailed into the quarter-finals.
The 39-year-old Serena needs one more major win to equal Margaret Court’s record Grand Slam tally. She has not added to her Grand Slam tally since beating her sister Venus in the Australian Open final in 2017.
Title favourite and 3rd seed Naomi Osaka also came back from the brink to defeat Gabrine Muguruza of Spain at the Australian Open 2021 after she shocked Osaka in 3 sets thriller. Osaka was down a match point in the 3rd set but pulled back to beat the 14th seed Spaniard 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to make it to the Aus Open 2021 Quarterfinals.
Osaka will now take on giant killer Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei in last 8 battle. The 35-year-old Hsieh has made it to the Aus Open Quarterfinals for the first time. The Japanese professional has gone on to win the title, every time she has reached quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.
In another contest, Su Wei Hsieh continued her dominating run in the Australian Open defeating 20th seed Marketa Vandrousova in straight sets. She will be next face Naomi Osaka in the quarter-final.
Meanwhile, A Karatsev has stunned 20th seeded Felix Auger Aliassime to enter the round 8 of the Australian Open 2021. He came back after straight-sets losses to win the thrilling five sets contest. The scorecard ended 3-6,1-6, 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4 in favour of the Russian.
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