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Melbourne Park was at capacity on day six of the Australian Open, as the perfect weather conditions had Melbournians and visitors flocking to the arena.
All eyes were firmly on centre court where former world number one Rafael Nadal faced a German teenager Alexander Zverev.
Zverev, who’s long been touted as a future world number one, took a two sets to one lead in the match, only for Nadal to work his way back to a five-set victory (4-6 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-2).
Nadal will now face France’s Gael Monfils, and says he’s feeling confident he can advance further into the competition.
The Aussie dream also continued into week two, when Daria Gavrilova defeated Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky in three grueling sets, 6-3 5-7 6-4 to reach the round of 16.
Gavrilova found consistencies on serve at several critical moments of the match.
Meanwhile Austrian 8th seed Dominic Thiem defeated France’s Benoir Paire to advance to the round 16 of the Australian Open for the first time.
In the final set, Thiem was broken three times before gaining the upper hand.
The Austraian says while he started the match off well, there were times he struggled.
He’ll face Belgium’s David Goffin, who earlier defeated Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic in straight sets (6-3 6-2 6-4).
Meanwhile Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin, who beat Novak Djokovic, produced another lengthy victory, defeating Spanish 30th seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4 4-6 6-4 4-6 6-2.
And in the day’s major surprise, American Jennifer Brady ousted Russian 14th seed Elena Vesnina in straight sets (7-6 6-2).
Brady is ranked 116 in the world and had never played an Australian Open before this year.
The American says it feels surreal to be this deep in the tournament.
In the day’s other women’s contest, Serena Williams breezed past fellow compatriot Nicole Gibbs in straight sets (6-1 6-3).
Britain’s Johanna Konta beat former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets (6-3 6-1) and by winning nine games in a row. s
For the Australians, the duo of Sam Growth and Chris Guccione defeated number 10 seeds Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi in a double-header tiebreaker (7-6 7-6).
On day seven of the Australian Open, the headline acts will be Andy Murray’s clash with Mischa Zverev and Roger Federer’s match against Kei Nishikori.
In the women’s contest, eyes will be on Svetlana Kuznetsova who’ll face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Venus Williams who’ll play Mona Barthel. World number one Angelique Kerber will face Coco Vandeweghe.