Day 6 at the Australian open has passed, once again there were no real upsets. Ana Ivanovic wasn’t able to withstand a barrage by Madison Keys while Andy Murray lost his first set of the tournament in his match against Joao Sousa of Portugal. On this page you’ll find a summary of the Australian open day 6 and also links to the most important articles on the website of the Australian open.
Murray into last 16
Andy Murray didn’t have it all his own way during his third-round victory over Joao Sousa, but the no.2 seed cleaned up his game midway through the match to secure a 6-2 3-6 6-2 6-2 victory on saturday night. The four-time Australian open finalist extended his record against Sousa to 7-0 but dropped just his second set against the Portuguese, and his first on a hard court. After a near-faultless display against Sam Groth in the second round, Murray was forced to scrap and adjust to book his spot in the last 16, where he will face either Bernard Tomic.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Murray on course)
Tomic through to Murray test
Bernard Tomic sets up fourth-round meeting with no.2 seed Andy Murray after downing compatriot John Millman. Against Millman the no.16 seed Tomic faced a plucky, dogged competitor who impressed the crowd with his verve and athleticism. Yet although Millman yanked Tomic about the court with his “heavier” forehand, Tomic smacked significantly more winners off this wing throughout the match and was rewarded with a 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2 victory.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Tomic to play Andy Murray in round 4)
Robert blown away by Gael force
Gael Monfils breezed into the fourth round after a straight-sets win over Stephane Robert. Monfils turned on the style once again to sweep aside his countryman Stephane Robert and record his 350th tour-level victory. The world no.25 booked his ticket in the fourth round at Melbourne park for the first time since 2009 despite a slow start on the Hisense arena, eventually winning 7-5 6-3 6-2. Robert, who is ranked no.225 in the world and usually plies his trade on the challenger tour, faced a daunting task, particularly as Monfils had only faced one break point in his opening two matches.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Monfils downs Robert in 3rd round)
Keys storms home
Madison Keys won six of the last seven games to win a see-sawing clash with Ana Ivanovic. Facing a tough opponent amid tough circumstances at Rod Laver arena, Madison Keys has kept alive her Australian open 2016 campaign. Keys, a Melbourne semifinalist last year, recovered from deficits in both the second and third sets to overcome no.20 seed Ivanovic 4-6 6-4 6-4 in a dramatic, two-hour-plus match on saturday night.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Keys to strong for Ivanovic)
Zhang’s stunning run continues
And the Zhang Shuai fairytale continues. Four days after registering her first grand slam match win, the Chinese 27-year-old is the only qualifier to reach the second week in Melbourne after posting another remarkable rout, this time over Varvara Lepchenko, 6-1 6-3. Zhang had lost all 14 first-round matches she had played at the grand slams and considered retiring after the 2015 U.S. open. Her grand slam match record now stands at 3-14 after wins over second seed Simona Halep, world no.33 Alize Cornet and now Lepchenko, the world no.51.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Zhang Shuai fairytale continues)
Powerful Azarenka blasts past Osaka
Japanese qualifier Naomi Osaka claimed the first game against two-time Australian open champion Victoria Azarenka. She won just one more, eventually losing 6-1 6-1. For most of us, the old adage rings true; you never know what you will miss until it is gone. But Victoria Azarenka is not like the rest of us, she knows exactly what she will miss; tennis. Winning on tour. Competing on tour. Being on tour. The former two-time champion discovered this a couple of years ago when, from being the one to watch at most grand slams, one of the favourites for the title wherever she went, she was hobbled by a string of injuries. First it was her toe, then her right foot, then her right ankle, then her knee and her back. She was mightily glad to wave goodbye to the 2013 season after all of that.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Brilliant Azarenka in 4th round)
Preview of day 7… two words Serena Williams!!!!!
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