Rafael Nadal rallies into last eight past Diego Schwartzman

Australian Open 2018 results and bracket: Rafael Nadal, Caroline Wozniacki advance to quarterfinals

Cilic earlier racked up his 100th win at a slam with a 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-0) 7-6 (7-3) comeback victory over 10th seed Pablo Carreno Busta.

The former US Open champion downed the 10th seed 6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 and will face either Rafael Nadal of Diego Schwartzman in the quarters on Tuesday. If he needed a fitness test in the first week in his comeback from an injured right knee, he got it.

"I'm very excited to just play, to go out there and compete".

"That's confidence for myself - knowing that I can resist nearly four hours on court at a good intensity, so quarterfinals already".

The world number one was below his best but came away a 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-3 victor on Rod Laver Arena after three hours and 51 minutes.

"She really mixes up the pace, I just tried to calm down, get my returns in and wait for the opportunities to attack", she said after crushing the Slovak, who made the semi-finals at Wimbledon previous year.

The victory ensured Nadal, who lost a five-set classic to long-time rival Roger Federer in the final a year ago, will retain his world number one ranking.

Spaniard Nadal had not dropped a single set going into the fourth-round clash, but was made to wait for his victory over a stubborn Schwartzman. Rafa did that in style and he earned his 3rd lead of the set with a break in game 11, only to be denied while serving for the set, as Diego erased that break as well to set the tie break. Physically I feel really good.

Kyle Edmund overcame Nikoloz Basilashvili in five sets in 3½ hours on an open court in the peak of the heat, earning a spot in the next round against Seppi.

"Of course, [I'm] a little bit exhausted", Nadal said.

Edmund won 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 to book a place in the last-8 round in a Grand Slam for the first time.

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Murray had hoped to play at the Brisbane International after a six-month hiatus due to the hip injury.

Again Dimitrov was too steady for Kyrgios, getting to three match points and winning it with a forehand pass. Kyrgios was called for a foot fault, double-faulted on a set point and smashed an easy overhead into the net on a break point after dominating the rally.

"Now we start the second week".

"Only a couple points in it, you know".

"Nothing to lose. I got a second chance. You do it business, you do it in life, and doing it on the tennis court, I would highly suggest that to anybody".

He tipped his mate Dimitrov to go far. "But moments like this helps to be more confident in yourself, in your body". I know I believe in my own game, I believe in what I'm doing.

The Spanish world No.1 took just 1hr 50min to storm into the fourth round with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 demolition of the 28th seeded Bosnian on Margaret Court Arena.

Wozniacki came close to losing in the second round, saving match points and rallying from 1-5 down in the final set against Jana Fett.

Mertens will play fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina who beat qualifier Denisa Allertova 6-3, 6-0.

The other quarterfinal will feature the winners of two tune-up events.

Schwartzman looked to be tiring slightly and Nadal took full advantage. Her best finish at the Australian Open was a 2011 semifinals appearance.



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