Day 7 at the Australian open is over and although a win by Roger Federer and especially Novak Djokovic won’t surprise anyone, there was cause for concern in the Serb’s box during his 4th round match. Djokovic “mr. invincible” produced 100 unforced errors in his match against Gilles Simon, eventually winning after 5 very tough sets. On this page you’ll find a summary of the Australian open day 7 and also links to the most important articles on the website of the Australian open.
Berdych through in five
Tomas Berdych surged late to deny Roberto Bautista Agut in five sets. Berdych needed some special inspiration to reach his sixth straight Australian open quarterfinal on sunday. Down a set and serving at 1-2 against Roberto Bautista Agut, the Czech seventh seed complained to the umpire about low-flying birds skimming the top of the net out on Margaret Court arena, arguing the point should be replayed. The points stood and the birds never returned to test the 30-year-old’s patience any further, but an inspired Bautista Agut certainly did, pushing the two-time Australian open semifinalist before succumbing 4-6 6-4 6-3 1-6 6-3.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Berdych through in 5 sets at the Australian open day 7)
Novak through in marathon
Novak Djokovic had to work hard in his fourth-round clash with Gilles Simon, winning in five sets. In a classic case of “winning ugly”, Djokovic withstood a torrid challenge from the world no.14 seed Simon, eventually outlasting the Frenchman in five sets, 6-3 6-7 6-4 4-6 6-3, in just over four and a half hours at Rod Laver arena on sunday. With the Frenchman’s solid backcourt game giving him little pace to work with, an at-times flustered Djokovic made a remarkable 100 unforced errors -compared to only 78 for his first three rounds combined- during the match, in which he relinquished only his fourth and fifth sets since the U.S. open last september.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Djokovic through after scare)
Four-time champion Roger Federer produced a brilliant display in runaway win over David Goffin. It may have been after 10.30pm on a Melbourne sunday night, but nobody was going anywhere. The capacity crowd at Rod Laver arena might normally have headed for the exits after the dramatic, rollercoaster, two-hour match that was Daria Gavrilova v Carla Suarez Navarro, with work commitments looming the next morning and a commute home making it a late night. But next up was Roger Federer. And when he walked on court to deafening cheers, you got an appreciation for the sheer magnetism and crowd-pulling power the champion Swiss possesses, no matter the hour. He then delivered the committed audience the show they had been hoping for. Federer demolished no.15 seed David Goffin in just 88 minutes, the searing 6-2 6-1 6-4 victory sending him through to a quarterfinal meeting with sixth seed Tomas Berdych.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Federer to face Berdych)
Aga survives scare to make quarters
Agnieszka Radwanska outlasted cramping German opponent Anna-Lena Friedsam to reach the last eight. Radwanska survived a massive scare to advance to the quarterfinals of Australian open 2016, the women’s fourth seed overcame a hobbled Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-7 6-1 7-5 at the Hisense arena onsunday evening. Friedsam, the world no.82 who exited in the first round of her only previous Australian open appearance last year, was beset with cramp in her left leg late in the match. Fighting back tears, Friedsam bravely continued on, despite finding it difficult to walk and near-impossible to run.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Radwanska survives a massive scare)
Spaniard steadies to end Daria’s dream run
Daria Gavrilova started in a blaze of glory, but Carla Suarez Navarro extinguished those flames. Rod Laver arena was rocking when Gavrilova burned through the first seven games of her match against 10th seed Carla Suarez Navarro on sunday night. Yet the flame of the Australian open’s latest fairytale story gradually extinguished as the Spaniard recovered to win in three sets.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Suarez Navarro ends Gavrilova fairytale story)
Sharapova ends Bencic’s run
Maria Sharapova moved into the quarterfinals at the expense of Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic. Sharapova was pushed to the limit by Swiss teen Bencic, eventually posting a 7-5 7-5 victory. It was a powerful and focused performance from the Russian no.5 seed, who took advantage of the pristine conditions under the Rod Laver arena roof -her third consecutive match indoors- to belt 58 winners and 21 aces. Take nothing away from her precociously talented opponent though, who not only withstood the barrage but dished out plenty of her own, taking it right up to the vastly more experienced Sharapova on every available occasion.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Sharapova too strong for Bencic)
Preview of day 8… two words Victoria Azarenka!!!!!
Author: Vincent Bons (© website Australian open) // Photography: Getty Images Sport
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