Dimitrov tames Rublev to reach last 16


The 17th seeded Kyrgios needed three tiebreakers to win a crunch match with the former finalist 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5) in 3hr 17min in a spectacular night match on Rod Laver Arena.

Nick Kyrgios kept home hopes alive after surviving through three tiebreaks against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. 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. Organisers only activate the extreme heat policy when the temperature exceeds 40 Celsius and the wet bulb globe temperature index hits 32.5 Celsius. He had just won the NCAA singles and doubles titles and believed he was ready to take the next step.

"It's an important victory for me", said Nadal, who won the French Open and U.S. Open previous year but had his preparation for Australia interrupted by an injured right knee.

The other French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko, followed Nadal on Margaret Court Arena but didn't make it through to the second week, losing 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to 32nd-seeded Anett Kontaveit. She next faces fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who had a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Katerina Siniakova.

Andreas Seppi withstood 52 aces from Ivo Karlovic for a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-7 (5), 9-7 win, sending the big Croat out of the tournament about a month shy of his 39th birthday.

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Her reward is a match against Belgium's Elise Mertens, who beat struggling Alize Cornet of France in two tough sets.

"I was very, very focused", Nadal said.

He broke a hot-and-bothered Rublev in the seventh game of the fourth set and, despite a slight stutter when serving for victory, he chased down a Rublev volley to ram home a forehand victor. "That's what I feel I've been doing since I stepped foot out of UCLA". Despite being the second seed, Caroline Wozniacki has not impressed so far.

Kyle Edmund was the first man to reach the round of 16, overcoming the elements in a fighting five-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Also, No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta beat No. 23 Gilles Muller and will next play No. 6 Marin Cilic, who had a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Ryan Harrison. "It's not something I wake up and I'm like, 'Look, today I'm going to try to change the perception", said Kyrgios, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals as a teenager in 2014. "Nothing has changed. I've always been emotional".

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