Novak Djokovic Reaches Aussie Open Quarters

Four-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic booked his place in the quarter-finals after a straight sets surge against Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller on Monday.  Djokovic was forced into a decent workout in his 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 victory in two hours and 19 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena.  The world number one will meet Milos Raonic next.

The Canadian eighth seed needed a marathon five-set win to book his place in the next round.  Raonic triumphed 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 and 6-3 in a three hours and five minute battle against Feliciano Lopez of Spain.  Raonic bombed down 30 aces and and hit 81 winners on his way to victory.  Fifth Seed Kei Nishikori is through to the Australian Open quarter-finals after defeating David Ferrer 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 two hours and 17 minutes in Melbourne.

The Japanese fifth seed hit 43 winners while Ferrer managed only 14 at the Rod Laver Arena.  Nishikori will meet Stanislas Wawrinka next.  The defending champion won through to the last eight on the day, but needed four sets to see off Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6.  The Swiss needed just over three hours to book this Fourth Round tie at the Margaret Court Arena.

Wawrinka served 15 aces and hit 70 winners on the day.  South African interest in the junior boys’ doubles took a knock when Brandon Laubser and Vasisht Cheruku of India went down to American William Blumberg and Brazil’s Orlando Luz 7-6, 6-2.