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Top seed Rafael Nadal too strong for Damir Dzumhur

21 January, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Dzumhur has been on a three-match winning streak against opponents in the Top 5 of the ATP Rankings, having beaten Nadal at the 2016 Miami Open presented by Itau (third-set retirement), then previous year over No. 3-ranked Stan Wawrinka at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and No. 4-ranked Alexander Zverev at the Shenzhen Open.

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It wasn't until 5-0 that a pair of unforced errors from the Spaniard allowed his opponent a way in, with Dzumhur finally able to hold serve and escape a bagel thanks to a superb forehand victor down the line.

Nadal's blemish-free week was never under threat against world number 30 Dzumhur, who showed some fight in the second set but was no match for his opponent. "I'm happy to get through".

Another flurry of forehand winners helped Nadal into a 2-0 lead in the second set but Džumhur, who became the first Bosnian to win a Tour level title a year ago, broke back with a dipping backhand that was too good for Nadal.

"I tried to reset and focus on the next match", Bencic said. "I've played against the locals, so to speak, all that", Dimitrov said.

Dimitrov said he won't get caught up in the moment, or the expected parochial crowd cheering on Kyrgios' attempt to become the first Australian man since 1976 (Mark Edmondson) to win the Australian title. He will take on Argentina's 24th seed Diego Schwartzman in tomorrow's fourth round.


She next plays another qualifier - big-serving Czech Denisa Allertova who romped past Magda Linette 6-1, 6-4 - for a place in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

But the American, who is coaching 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, told the Melbourne Age newspaper he believes Kyrgios can only take himself so far without help.

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina also came from a set down to overcome spirited Czech Katerina Siniakova 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Former champion Maria Sharapova, back on Rod Laver Arena for the first time since her doping ban, reached the third round with a 6-1 7-6 (4) victory over 14th seeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.

"I think the adrenaline kicked in the third and fourth sets (against Tsonga)".

Pablo Carreno Busta and Marin Cilic both advanced as well, as did Kyle Edmund.

No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta beat No. 23 Gilles Muller and will next play No. 6 Marin Cilic, a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4) victor over Ryan Harrison.

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