Madison Keys advances to 4th round at Australian Open

Violet Powell
January 21, 2018

The same can be said for Zverev, who has been hailed as the leader of the tennis new guard but has now failed to go beyond the fourth round in 11 Grand Slams. Dropping her third round match to Anett Kontaveit, she does at least tie her best career performance so far at the major tournament.

The Romanian, 26, had to save three match points in the decider before eventually winning 4-6 6-4 15-13 after three hours and 45 minutes.

Sharapova advanced while seeded players fell in upsets in the first two rounds and was growing in confidence but had no answers for Kerber, who is on a 12-match winning streak in a kind of comeback of her own after a sliding down the rankings a year ago.

Federer, 36, was on court for just short of two hours as he registered a third consecutive straight-sets victory at the 2018 Australian Open.

Djokovic needed four match points in the final game which stretched over eight minutes.

The 2016 Australian Open victor routed Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3, meaning Kerber will be the only Grand Slam champion in the fourth round of the women's draw. Wozniacki had to save four break points while serving for the match but clinched it on her fourth match point.

Rafael Nadal had to wait while Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points and worked her way back into the Australian Open in the preceding match on Rod Laver Arena.

It was Kerber's 11th win in a row to start the season. The last time a women's match had that many games was in 1966 when Chanda Rubin defeated Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-4, 2-6, 16-14. She beat fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam in the first round here.

The fifth-seeded Austrian player improved his five-set record at Grand Slams to 3-3 with the win.

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Another Ukrainian, Kateryna Bondarenko, beat No. 15-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 and will next play No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova.

Thiem counted 21 aces among his 57 winners in the match.

Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, had made it to the final in Auckland a week before this year's Australian Open, losing to Roberto Bautista Agut.

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko is out of the action.

Halep moved in for the kill but the American saved five break points, and later thanked the net cord for helping her hold again at 12-12.

After two comfortable wins the five-time major victor was growing in confidence, but she had no answers for Kerber, who is on a 12-match winning streak in a kind of comeback of her own after a sliding down the rankings a year ago.

The Spaniard had a troubled preparation for the tournament, retiring with cramps in the second round at the Brisbane International and withdrew before her quarterfinal at Sydney because of a right thigh injury.

The former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki will next play No. 30 Kiki Bertens, who beat Nicole Gibbs 7-6 (3), 6-0. And 38-year-old Ivo Karlovic overcame Yuichi Sugita 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 7-5, 4-6, 12-10.

Women's No. 1 Simona Halep took a longer route - equaling a mark in Melbourne for endurance but signaling, perhaps, that she's closer to a Grand Slam breakthrough.

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