Over on the Margaret Court docket Area, Iga Swiatek has an early break towards Russia’s Daria Kasatkina, who has missed break probabilities of her personal. The No 7 seed leads 4-1.
Taro Daniel has taken the second set off Sinner, 6-1, whereas it’s already developed right into a baseline slugfest between Andújar and De Minaur, with the primary set nonetheless on serve.
Six gamers have made it by way of to the ladies’s final 16 to date on Saturday. They embody Simona Halep, who was too sturdy for Danka Kovinic, unable to repeat her heroics towards Emma Raducanu within the second spherical.
No 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka got here again from a set all the way down to win for the third match in a row, getting the higher of former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova. Danielle Collins additionally fought again to win an epic battle with rising star Clara Tauson.
Kaia Kanepi additionally dropped the primary set however recovered to finish the run of Aussie wildcard Maddison Inglis, and Alize Cornet acquired the higher of Tamara Zidansek in a close to three-hour encounter. Elise Mertens, the No 19 seed, took simply over an hour to see off China’s Zhang Shuai.
Alex De Minaur is up and operating on Rod Laver, breaking Andújar within the first sport – however the Spaniard shortly earns an opportunity to interrupt straight again, and outmuscles his opponent in an early rally to degree.
Elsewhere Taro Daniel, the conqueror of Andy Murray, misplaced the primary set to rising star Jannik Sinner, however leads 4-0 within the second.
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So, what’s been taking place in a single day? Within the males’s draw, Daniil Medvedev eased previous Botic van de Zandschulp in straight units and Stefanos Tsitsipas acquired by way of in 4 units towards Benoît Paire.
Taylor Fritz edged out Roberto Bautista Agut in a five-set battle, preventing again from 2-1 down. He’s joined by compatriot Maxime Cressy within the final 16, the world No 70 ending the run of Aussie wildcard Chris O’Connell in 4 units.
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Félix Auger-Aliassime beats Dan Evans in straight units
British hopes within the singles attracts are over, with Dan Evans nicely crushed by Canada’s Félix Auger-Aliassime, who wrapped up a 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 win moments in the past. It was a good scrap within the first set, earlier than the No 9 seed pulled away in model. He’ll face Rublev or Cilic within the subsequent spherical.
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Hey. Residence followers have been ready since 1978 for an Australian singles champion in both of the showpiece occasions at their residence slam, and whereas all of the expectation is on Ash Barty, the ladies’s world No 1, they nonetheless have a darkish horse left within the males’s draw.
Alex De Minaur kicks off the night session on Rod Laver Area towards wily Spanish veteran Pablo Andújar. After that, ladies’s No 10 seed and three-time Melbourne quarter-finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova takes on a tough unseeded opponent in Romania’s Sorana Cirstea.
Elsewhere, former French Open champ Iga Swiatek will look to point out her title credentials towards Daria Kasatkina, earlier than what might be a basic, heavy-hitting encounter between Andrey Rublev and Marin Cilic. Keep tuned.
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