Diego Schwartzman beaten by Rafael Nadal at Australian Open

Diego Schwartzman beaten by Rafael Nadal at Australian Open

But Nadal will believe that he is a match for anyone, especially on current form.

Third seed Dimitrov, who could meet Nadal in the semis, had plenty to prove after a huge second-round fright from a qualifier, who pushed him to five sets. No. 29 Anett Kontaveit was downed in three sets by Carla Suarez Navarro, who has been seeded in the top 10 in the past.

Cilic racked up his 100th grand slam match win on Sunday, but it's a second major title that he's really hunting.

All three Taiwanese yesterday safely negotiated the first round of the women's doubles at the Australian Open, with Latisha Chan, Chan Hao-ching and Hsieh Su-wei advancing to the second round at the first Grand Slam of the year.

Marin Cilic of Croatia celebrates winning match point in his fourth round match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain. Cilic blew one of them by spraying a crosscourt shot wide but made no mistake on the second, hammering a huge first serve down the "T" and picking off the return with a straightforward forehand victor.

"It's going to be fun", Kyrgios told reporters in his post match press conference. I somehow just hung in and got a couple looks (at the serve). Even when I was serving for the match, I felt it was not over.

He will face 24th-seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the fourth round as he continues his quest for a second Australian Open crown.

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Mertens, who successfully defended her Hobart International title last week, finished past year ranked 35th, up from No. 120 in 2016.

However, the world No. 1 survived his toughest test so far and ensured he will remain above Roger Federer in the ATP rankings as he advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-3.

"First set, I thought I had everything under control". Being honest, he's a player that if I don't play my best, probably I'm not going to win.

"I think the adrenaline kicked in the third and fourth sets (against Tsonga)".

The dream run of 15-year-old prodigy Marta Kostyuk came to an end at the hands of fellow Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, and number two in the world Caroline Wozniacki comfortably dealt with Kiki Bertens in their late-night fixture.

Alize Cornet, who had her blood pressure checked during a medical timeout in her 7-5, 6-4 third-round loss to Elise Mertens, was among those calling for a review of the limits that determine when play should be suspended.

Nadal dropped his first set of the tournament before regrouping to progress after three hours and 51 minutes. A backhand error a few games later though gave the Spaniard a chance to serve for a two sets to love lead. She is also one of the favorites to win the event.