0823 TIAFOE OUTLASTS SEPPI
Frances Tiafoe was pushed to five sets in the third round but found a way past Italian Andreas Seppi to seal a 6-7(3) 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3 win in three hours and 17 minutes.
The American, who stunned fifth seed Kevin Anderson in the previous round, takes on Grigor Dimitrov next.
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0712 DIMITROV DOWNS FABBIANO
Grigor Dimitrov endured a stern test early in his third round match against Italian Thomas Fabbiano before the 20th seed prevailed 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4 in a little over two hours.
0708 SHARAPOVA KNOCKS OUT WOZNIACKI
Former champion Maria Sharapova battled past holder Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 4-6 6-3 in a third round thriller.
Denmark’s Wozniacki raced to a 4-1 lead in the opening set but Sharapova raised her level and reeled off the next five games to grab the early advantage in the contest.
The second set followed a similar pattern before Wozniacki took advantage of Sharapova’s sloppy serving late on to drag the match into a decider.
The Russian was not to be denied in the third set, however, as she closed out the win on her second match point in two hours and 24 minutes.
0704 STEPHENS OVERCOMES MARTIC
American Sloane Stephens, seeded fifth, beat Croatia’s Petra Martic 7-6(6) 7-6(5) to move into the fourth round where she meets Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Former U.S. Open champion Stephens has won both previous meetings with the unseeded Russian, including a three-set victory at Beijing last year.
0439 TEENAGER ANISIMOVA DISMISSES SABALENKA
American teenager Amanda Anisimova pulled off an upset by swatting aside 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 6-2.
The unseeded 17-year-old, who reached the quarter-finals at Auckland earlier this month, prevailed in 65 minutes to set up a fourth-round clash with Petra Kvitova or Belinda Bencic.
0344 FEDERER TOO GOOD FOR UNSEEDED FRITZ
Holder Rogerer Federer cruised past unseeded American Taylor Fritz 6-2 7-5 6-2 in 88 minutes for his third consecutive straight-sets win in this year’s tournament.
0320 BERDYCH QUELLS SCHWARTZMAN CHALLENGE
Tomas Berdych dropped the opening set but recovered to overcome Diego Schwartzman 5-7 6-3 7-5 6-4. The Czech missed the last six months of 2018 due to a back issue but has since returned to form, reaching the final of the Qatar Open earlier this month.
0310 TSITSIPAS POWERS PAST BASILASHVILI
Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 3-6 7-6(7) 6-4 to reach the last 16 at Melbourne for the first time and equal his best Grand Slam result.
0150 BARTY WINS FIRST MATCH OF THE DAY
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty beat Maria Sakkari 7-5 6-1 under a closed roof at Rod Laver Arena following morning showers.
The temperature at Melbourne Park was hovering around the 25 degrees Celsius mark on a cloudy day.