Australian Open Glance: A look at the quarterfinals on Day 9

Australian Open Glance: A look at the quarterfinals on Day 9
Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates after defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open:


Upsets and early exits by Grand Slam champions have resulted in a set of quarterfinal pairings that would have been long odds at the start of the tournament. Five players — three men, two women — will be contesting a quarterfinal match for the first time at a major.

On the bottom half of the men’s draw, it will be 17-time major champion Rafael Nadal against Frances Tiafoe, who secured his spot in the last eight on his 21st birthday, and No. 14 Stefanos Tsitsipas against No. 22 Roberto Bautista Agut.

Tsitsipas had a stunning win over defending champion Roger Federer, becoming the first player from Greece to reach the last eight at a major. Bautista Agut lost nine fourth-round matches at the Slams before a drought-breaking win over 2018 runner-up Marin Cilic.

Nadal, who arrived in Australia without any competitive tennis since September, hasn’t dropped a set yet and hasn’t lost to an American at a major since 2005.

On the women’s side, it’s two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova against No. 15 Ash Barty and Danielle Collins facing Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Barty is the first Australian women in a decade to reach the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park. It’s been 41 years since an Aussie last won the women’s title.

Two-time NCAA champion Collins was 0-5 at the majors until this one. She took out two seeded players before crushing three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-2. She now faces Pavlyuchenkova, who is coming off a win over 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens. Collins’ theory is simple: underestimate her at your peril: “I’m feisty. I love making it kind of a war.”


Cloud clearing to a mostly sunny day, high of 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit).


Mostly sunny, high of 25 C (77 F).


Men’s 4th round: No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3; No. 16 Milos Raonic beat No. 4 Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (5); No. 8 Kei Nishikori beat No. 23 Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (8); No. 28 Lucas Pouille beat No. 11 Borna Coric 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 7-6 (2).

Women’s 4th round: No. 16 Serena Williams beat No. 1 Simona Halep 6-1, 4-6, 6-4; No. 4 Naomi Osaka beat No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; No. 6 Elina Svitolina beat Madison Keys 6-2, 1-6, 6-1; No. 7 Karolina Pliskova beat No. 18 Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-1.


21 — Serena Williams’ streak of sets won at the Australian Open before dropping one to Halep.


“I felt like I had been hit by the train. Everything was so fast.” — Halep on how she felt losing the first set in 20 minutes to Williams.


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