Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Kerber and Halep through to Australian Open last 16 in contrasting fashion

Kerber and Halep through to Australian Open last 16 in contrasting fashion

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer both triumphed in straight sets while Chung Hyeon won the Next Gen battle to knock out fourth seed Alexander Zverev.

"I'm really pleased with where my game is at at the moment", Djokovic added. "I had a great 2016 and past year was a little tougher".

"I learnt a lot from the last 24 months". Post the eye-popping match, she said, " I came out and I was trying to enjoy every point.

The German has ben in exceptional form this year, after a thoroughly disappointing 2017, and she levelled her head-to-head with the five-time major victor in what was a very professional display.

Federer may now be 36, but Father Time shows no signs of catching up with the evergreen Swiss, who was a 6-2 7-5 6-4 victor over Gasquet on Rod Laver Arena.

"That, to me, is a big thing because I'll be back on the practice court; I'm not starting from zero". I am so happy it is 2018 and not 2017 any more. However, with the score level at 2-2 in the opening set, the Serb moved up a gear, winning four games in succession to take the set.

"I just feel that my muscles are gone", said Halep, who badly twisted her left ankle in the first round.

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Halep will play the victor of Saturday's later match between local hope Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka.

In the next round, Garcia is scheduled to face Madison Keys of the United States, the 17th seed, who got the better of Romania's Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-4. Sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat No. 29 Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6), 7-5. "I'm coming in very fit, very well equipped knowing five sets is not an issue".

Kerber, the 2016 victor, will meet in the fourth round clash either Agnieszka Radwanska or Hsieh Su-wei.

And the bottom half of the draw lost another seed when Tomas Berdych strolled past Del Potro in a surprisingly comfortable win.

Another loss at a major had the highly-touted Zverev admitting he may have a problem.

It took his record against Ramos-Vinolas to 5-0 with two of the wins at Slams.

"I have some figuring out to do, what happens to me in deciding moments in Grand Slam", he said.

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