Marin Cilic reaches Australian Open quarters, celebrates 100th Grand Slam win

Novak Djokovic overcame Albert Ramos Vinolas to book spot in second week

Rafael Nadal, world number 1 and 2009 Australian Open victor, is through to the last 8 in Melbourne for the 10th time in his career (the third player in the Open era to do that after Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg) following a hard-fought 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-4 triumph over Diego Schwartzman in an exhausting 3 hours and 51 minutes!

The second game of the fourth set lasted nearly 13 minutes and 20 points, with Nadal finally holding after saving five break points. I know how she play.

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. But that's it. It was a good test for me.

"I had my 300th win of my career at the US Open in 2014, so this is also a attractive one and I hope I'm going to continue and get the three more here".

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the victory was his 10th Australian Open quarter-final.

Nadal has had a number of knee problems over his career but this latest issue emerged towards the end of 2017 with the Spaniard pulling out of November's ATP World Tour Finals after just one match.

"It's confidence for myself, it's confidence knowing I can resist nearly four hours on court playing at a good intensity".

He will next face either Australia's Nick Kyrgios or Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the last eight on Tuesday.

From there the match went stratospheric in quality, each player landing blows like bare-knuckled prize-fighters.

6-3, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena to set up a last-eight meeting with Croatia's Marin Cilic.

And the Bulgarian delivered in a testing 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Russian rising star Andrey Rublev as temperatures touched 40 Celsius.

No matches have been called off or roofs closed at the opening Grand Slam of the year despite the soaring temperatures, with tournament organiser Craig Tiley defending the decision.

Nadal simply bided his time before pouncing on the third, a second serve dismissed with a sizzling return victor to keep his bid for a 17th Grand Slam title firmly on track.

"That's confidence for myself - knowing that I can resist nearly four hours on court at a good intensity, so quarterfinals already". With a set and a break lead in his hand, Nadal was looking to get even more aggressive.

Carreno Busta showed heart to rally from a break down in the fourth set and push the match into a third tiebreak but was quickly overwhelmed by Cilic's firepower as the Croatian brought up four match points in a hurry.

"Playing against Nick is always tricky, two weeks I lost against him", Dimitrov said.

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.

Belgium's Elise Mertens has now won nine matches in a row with a 7-6 (5), 7-5 win over Petra Martic.

Second seed Wozniacki has not impressed so far, but she put in a better performance to beat Dutch 30th seed Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-3, finally getting over the line on her fourth match point.



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