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

Kerber thrashes Sharapova to reach fourth round

Kerber thrashes Sharapova to reach fourth round

"I definitely take great examples of a Federer or a Nadal or a Serena and Venus that have continued to have the motivation that they do at this age", said Sharapova who turns 31 in April.

Defending champion Roger Federer is understandably looking over his shoulder for six-time Australian Open victor Novak Djokovic.

"I'm nearly dead", the tenacious Romanian said after the incredible battle, in which Davis lost a toenail and Halep served for the match four times.

But Sharapova was able to take positives from the year's first grand slam, having avoided a recurrence of the fitness concerns that dogged her return from suspension last year.

Alexander Zverev, the fourth seed, booked a third-round meeting with Hyeon Chung of South Korea after beating fellow German Peter Gojowczyk 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3.

On the face of it, Djokovic - a six-time victor in Melbourne - enjoyed a comfortable 6-2 6-3 6-3 beating of Ramos-Vinolas.

"I know there's nothing that can replicate playing tournaments and playing matches, no matter what you do, no matter how you train, no matter how you practice", she said. I'm nearly dead, " Halep said of the match which equaled Chanda Rubin's win over Arantxa Shanchez Vicario in 1996 - also 48 games - for the Australian Open record in terms of most games. Much like Kerber and Sharapova's high-stakes encounter, it's also one that will showcase how the best players typically bring out each other's best.

The Serb, a six-time champion in Australia, arrived with question marks over his elbow injury and has played two rounds in Melbourne wearing a compression sleeve on his serving arm.

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Djokovic took a medical timeout in the second set to have his back and legs massaged but appeared to show little ill effects for the rest of the match.

Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic before the crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to celebrate her 30th birthday. "Anybody who knows me knows I never give up".

"There's a lot of things I need to improve on".

"Novak seems good to me, coming through the heat", Federer said after Djokovic battled scorching temperatures to beat Gael Monfils in round two.

The game, which lasted two hours and forty five minutes, started off with Djokovic struggling to get into a groove as he was down 0-3 in the opening set.

Under the watchful eyes of the 11-times Grand Slam champion Rod Laver, second seed Federer sealed the win with a backhand victor to set up a first career meeting with Hungarian Marton Fucsovics for a place in the quarter-finals.

After her 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 win over Muguruza, Hsieh will go on to play 26th seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round. But is it realistic to believe that she can get back to the championship level that produced five career Grand Slam titles?

'As I said, it's nothing major to be concerned about. I want to be playing against opponents that have former Grand Slam champions.

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