Day 5 at the Australian Open was another rainy one in Melbourne. Play didn’t start until 4pm on the outside courts, but with three roofed stadiums there was still plenty of action.
World number 1 Serena Williams only needed 45 minutes in a 6-1 6-1 demolition of Russian Daria Kasatkina.
It was instead a great day for another Daria, new Aussie Gavrilova. The 21 year old Melbourne resident fought her way through to the fourth round with an epic win against former junior rival Kristina Mladenovic.
Dasha prevailed 6-4 4-6 11-9 after almost 3 hours.
In the men’s draw, Tomas Berdych ended Nick Kyrgios’ hopes, outgunning the 20 year old from Canberra in 4 sets: 6-3 6-4 1-6 6-4.
Earlier, David Goffin had the best of Dominic Thiem to set up a clash with four times Australian Open champion Roger Federer. The 34 year old from Basel conceded a set to Grigor Dimitrov, but was able to score his 300th win in a Grand Slam:
World number 1 Novak Djokovic is through to the 4th round for the 10th consecutive Australian Open after battling past Italy’s Andreas Seppi but had to save 2 set points in his 6-1 7-5 7-6 victory.
The Serb will next encounter Gilles Simon, while another Frenchman, Jo Wilfriend Tsonga, edged his compatriot Herbert in straight set to set up a meeting with Kei Nishikori.
The world number 7 from Japan reached the round of 16 for the fifth straight year in Melbourne thanks to a clear win over Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, despite a sore wrist.
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