US Open champion Daniil Medvedev will face No. 70-ranked Maxime Cressy in the fourth round as he continues his bid to become the first Open-era man to win a second Grand Slam singles title at the next major tournament. Medvedev is the highest-ranked player at Melbourne Park since nine-time champion Novak Djokovic was sent off on the eve of the Australian Open for failing to meet the country’s strict COVID-19 vaccination requirements . In other matches, fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on No. 20 Taylor Fritz and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic plays No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime. Both Fritz and Cressy are 24-year-old Americans playing in the fourth round of a major tournament for the first time. On the women’s side, two-time big winner Simona Halep faces France’s Alize Cornet, 32, and No. 2-ranked Aryna Sabalenka plays Kaia Kanepi.
Sunny, high 33 Celsius (91 Fahrenheit)
Sunny, high 33 C (91 F).
Women’s Fourth Round: #1 Ash Barty beat Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 6-3; #4 Barbora Krejcikova beat #24 Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-2; #21 Jessica Pergula beat #5 Maria Sakkari 7-6(0), 6-3; Madison Keys defeated No. 8 Paula Badosa 6-3, 6-1.
Men’s Fourth Round: Number 6 Rafael Nadal beat Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (14), 6-2, 6-2; #14 Denis Shapovalov beat #3 Alexander Zverev 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3; No.7 Matteo Berrettini beat No.19 Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 7-6(4), 6-4; 17 Gael Monfils beat Miomir Kecmanovic 7-5, 7-6(4), 6-3.
STAT OF THE DAY
28:40 — Nearly 29 minutes: That’s how long the first-set tiebreaker between Rafael Nadal and Adrian Mannarino lasted before the 20-time Grand Slam champion finally won 16-14 .
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“That crazy first set was so important. … half the game in the tiebreaker, no doubt.” – Nadal after landing the long tiebreaker on his seventh set point.
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