MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached his 11th Australian Open quarter-final with a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over Argentine Diego Schwartzman on Sunday, while Roger Federer continued his smooth progress.
Djokovic, a seven-time champion, is again the man to beat in Melbourne after claiming another comfortable victory, which included 38 winners, and will meet big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic for a place in the final four.
Federer recovered from a slow start to beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2, setting up a quarter-final meeting with American Tennys Sandgren.
In the women’s draw, top seed and home favourite Ash Barty survived a scare to beat Alison Riske 6-3 1-6 6-4 and set up a repeat of last year’s quarter-final against seventh seed Petra Kvitova.
However, it was the end of the road for teenage sensation Coco Gauff as she fell to fellow American Sofia Kenin 6-7(5) 6-3 6-0.
Highlights of the seventh day at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Sunday (times AEDT; GMT+11):
Defending champion Djokovic into quarter-finals
Barty says proud of indigenous heritage after Australia Day win
Federer shifts gear after slow start to reach Melbourne quarters
Sandgren in quarter-finals for second time after Fognini ‘war’
Jabeur hopes to inspire Arab women
Kvitova silences ‘soccer’ crowd to beat Sakkari
Kenin brings Gauff’s Melbourne run to an end
Raonic downs Cilic to ease into quarters
Court’s Grand Slam anniversary clouded by remarks on same-sex marriage
Nadal meets the ‘new Nick’ Kyrgios
Australian Open order of play on Monday
Roger Federer, chasing a record-extending 21st Grand Slam, came from behind to beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2.
The Swiss will next face American Tennys Sandgren for the first time in his career.
“He was not going to be a baseball player, that’s for sure,” Federer said of his quarter-final opponent. “Played a lot of tennis in my life, but never against Tennys.”
World number one Ash Barty overcame American Alison Riske 6-3 1-6 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals for the second straight year.
“I love Petra but let’s hope she doesn’t break my heart on Tuesday,” said Barty of her next opponent Petra Kvitova, who beat the Australian at the same stage last year.
Unseeded American Tennys Sandgren beat 12th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 7-6(5) 7-5 6-7(2) 6-4 to book his place in the quarter-finals, a feat he last managed two years ago on his debut at Melbourne Park for his best Grand Slam performance.
Seven-times champion Novak Djokovic thumped Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals for the 11th time in 16 appearances.
The world number two will take on 32nd seed Milos Raonic in the last eight, looking to improve his 9-0 head-to-head record over the Canadian.
Canadian Milos Raonic sent down 35 aces as he blasted past Marin Cilic 6-4 6-3 7-5 in a meeting of two players who both reached a career-high ranking of number three but have since dropped out of the top 30.
Czech seventh seed Petra Kvitova lost a tight opening set to Greek Maria Sakkari but the 2019 runner-up recovered to win 6-7(4) 6-3 6-2 and reach the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park.
“I just kept playing. I knew it would be a really difficult match... I had to fight hard... my serving game really helped,” Kvitova said.
Compiled by Greg Stutchbury, Shrivathsa Sridhar and Hardik Vyas; Editing by Peter Rutherford, Tom Hogue and Clare Fallon