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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic Suffers Australian Open Meltdown, Osaka Wins.

Novak Djokovic has Australian Open meltdown but advances to fourth round


World number one Novak Djokovic has regained his composure after a third-set meltdown to stave off the challenge of Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Djokovic, a 14-time major singles champion, won 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, having stamped his authority early on by breaking the 19-year-old's serve three times and converting his only break point opportunity in the second set while leading 5-4.

But the 31-year-old lost his cool in the third set after his request to turn off the artificial lights on Rod Laver was ignored, and he muttered to himself angrily before losing two consecutive break of serves to concede the set.

The Serb let out his frustration with a huge roar when he broke Shapovalov early in the fourth though, and romped through the rest of the set to remain on course for an unprecedented seventh title at Melbourne Park.
Shapovalov

The reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion will next meet Russian 15th seed Daniil Medvedev, who notched up his best major showing by reaching the fourth round with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 win over David Goffin of Belgium earlier in the day.

Milos Raonic eased to a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert to move into the fourth round of the Australian Open for the sixth time.
It came after Raonic had two tough opening matches with Nick Kyrgios and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka.

Raonic swept to 3-0 and 5-1 leads in the tiebreaker but Herbert rallied to level at 5-5. Herbert saved one match point before Raonic clinched the match with an ace.

Kei Nishikori got through the third round in straight sets against Joao Sousa, getting a bit of relief after his first two matches at Melbourne Park went to five sets.

The eighth-seeded Nishikori had a 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, 6-2 win on Margaret Court Arena.

Osaka forced to fight for three-set win

US Open champion Naomi Osaka overcame a frustrating first set and a tricky rival to reach the fourth round of the women's draw with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win over Hsieh Su-wei.

The fourth-seeded Osaka got a warning from the umpire for smashing her racket onto the court in the first set and was down a break in the second before gaining control of the match.


The 33-year-old Hsieh, who plays with a double-handed grip on both sides and uses a mixture of spin and slice and drop shots to unsettle her rivals, reached the fourth round last year in Melbourne and at Wimbledon, where she beat top-ranked Simona Halep.

Madison Keys has reached the second week of the Australian Open for the fourth time with a 6-3, 6-2 win over number 12-seeded Elise Mertens.

Keys, a Melbourne semi-finalist in 2015 and runner-up at the 2017 US Open, converted four of her seven break points and saved seven of the eight she faced against Mertens.

Her opponent in the fourth round will be sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who came back from 3-0 down in the third set to beat Zhang Shuai 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

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