Fourteenth seed Shapovalov defeated Olympic gold medalist Zverev in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3 at Margaret Court. Shapovalov spent almost 11 hours on the court, winning the first three rounds. During this, he won twice in four sets and once in five sets. He, however, managed to register a win in three sets in two hours and 21 minutes against Zverev. Nadal also joined John Newcomb in second place on the list of most frequent Australian Open men’s singles quarterfinalists.
Roger Federer has topped the quarterfinals 15 times. Nadal has made it to the last eight of a Grand Slam tournament for the 45th time and is third on the all-time list behind Federer (58) and Novak Djokovic (51). Federer, Djokovic and Nadal currently hold the same record 20 men’s singles Grand Slam titles. Of these three, only Nadal is playing in the Australian Open. Top ranked player in women’s singles Ash Barty reached the quarterfinals here for the fourth consecutive year.
She registered a 6-4, 6-3 win over Amanda Anisimova of America. Anisimova had upset defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round. Barty defeated Anisimova in the semi-finals of the 2019 French Open and then won her first Grand Slam title. Barty won her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last year. Barty will now face 21st seed Jessica Pegula, who defeated fifth seed Maria Sakari 7-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. French Open champion Barbara Krejcikova defeated two-time champion Viktoria Azarenka in straight sets in the fourth round.
Fourth seed Krejcikova defeated 2012 and 2013 champion Azarenka 6-2, 6-2 in just 85 minutes at the Rode Laver Arena. Krjcikova has made it to the quarterfinals for the third time in four Grand Slam events. In the next round, Krejcikova will face 2017 US Open champion Madison Keys, who knocked out eighth seed Paula Badosa 6-3, 6-1 in straight sets. Twenty-fourth seed Azarenka made 28 spontaneous mistakes against Krejcikova and lost her serve five times.
Krejcikova got off to a good start by breaking Azarenka’s serve in the third and seventh games of the first set. Krejcikova broke Azarenka’s serve in the first game of the second set and then registered an easy win. She did not look disturbed even in the temperature of 34 degree Celsius. In other men’s matches, Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini scored a 7-5, 7-6, 6-4 victory over 19th seed Pablo Carreo Busta in the final match of the seventh day. Seventh-seeded Berrettini has now advanced to the quarterfinals of all four tennis majors and will face Gail Monfils, who defeated Miomir Kesmanovic 7-5, 7-6, 6-3.