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The Australian Open’s first week rounded out with the end of a dream-run for a local favourite and the world number one being tested.
By
Dario Castaldo, Christophe Mallet

25 Jan 2016 - 12:59 AM  UPDATED 25 Jan 2016 - 8:13 AM

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New Australian Daria Gavrilova’s streak was ended by Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro – eliminating the last Aussie woman in the singles draw.

After a slow start in the first set, Suarez Navarro won 12 of the last 16 games, taking the contest 0-6, 6-2, 6-3.

 

Suarez Navarro next faces Agnieszka Radwanska, who battled past unseeded Anna-Lena Friedman in three sets winning 6-7, 6-1, 7-5.

Earlier Maria Sharapova fired 17 aces to defeat 12th seed Belinda Bencic 7-5, 7-5.

In her eighth quarterfinal at Melbourne Park, Sharapova will take a familiar opponent in Serena Williams. Williams cruised past Russian Margarita Gasparyan with a solid 6-2, 6-1 score.

The number one seed looked full of confidence ahead of the blockbuster match between the games biggest female figures.

 

Looking at their previous head-to-head matches, Williams has bested Sharapova 18 out of 20 times. In fact Williams hasn’t lost to Sharapova since the 2004 Tour Championships final.

In the men’s draw, Novak Djokovic survived a scare when he was forced into a fifth set by 16th seed Gilles Simon.

Despite clocking up an unusually high 100 unforced errors in the match, the world number one overcame Simon 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 after four and half hours.

Djokovic’s win means he’s reached the quarter finals for a 27th straight major.  He’ll play Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals, after the Japanese seventh seed scored an impressive  straight-sets win over another Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Also through to the quarters is Tomas Berdych. The Czech reached the semi-finals in 2014 and 2015 at Melbourne Park and this time needed 5 sets to best Spain’s Robert Bautista Agut.

Berdych next faces Roger Federer, which will be their 22nd matchup.

In the last match of the day, The Swiss looked in outstanding form when he stunned Belgian 15th seed David Goffin 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in 1 just hour and 29 minutes.

After the match Federer explained that he now talks about tennis his six-year-old twin daughters.

Monday’s highlights will be the twilight match between world number two Andy Murray and Australia’s highest ranked player Bernard Tomic.

Also in action is 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka against Canadian Milos Raonic and Spain’s David Ferrer facing big server John Isner.

Women in action on Monday include an all-German clash between Angelique Kerber and Annika Beck.

While the USA's Madison Keys is up against China's Shuai Zhang and Britain's Johanna Konta plays Russian Ekaterina  Makarova.