Top seeds move on at Australian Open
Nadal sweeps last Aussie out of Australian Open
Caroline Wozniacki easily advances to the quarterfinals, while Rafael Nadal knocks out the host country’s last remaining hope of winning the title.
melbourne, australia— Caroline Wozniacki moved into the Australian Open quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Anastasija Sevastova on Sunday and is just one victory from ensuring she’ll retain the top ranking.
The 20-year-old Dane, playing her first major as world No. 1, capped the match with a powerful forehand winner. She reached the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park for the first time and keeps her top ranking with an appearance in the semis.
Wozniacki, seeking her first Grand Slam title, wonsix consecutive games to close the first set, then opened the second with a break. Sevastova rallied and the pair traded breaks until Wozniacki regained control. Shehasnow reached the quarterfinals at all four majors.
Men’s No. 1 Rafael Nadal ended Australia’s last hope in the tournament, with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 win over 18-year-old wild card Bernard Tomic in the third round on Saturday night, pushing hisGrandSlam winning streak to 24 matches.
The last two Australians went out in consecutive night matches on Rod Laver Arena on a day that attracted a record crowd for the Australian Open — 77,121 across day and night sessions. French Open finalist Sam Stosur lost, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, toNo. 25 PetraKvitova.
Australia has not produced a homegrown winner of its national championship in more than 30 years.
John Isner went out in a 4-6, 6-2, 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2), 9-7 loss to No. 15 Marin Cilic late Saturday, leaving Andy Roddick as the only American in the tournament.
“I didn’t want to go out in the round of 32— it stinks,” said Isner, whois famous for his epic encounter against NicolasMahut at Wimbledon last year that finished 7068 in the fifth and is the longest tennis match in history.
Roddick plays 19th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the fourth round on Sunday night.
Defending champion Roger Federer plays a fourth-round matchagainstTommyRobredoon Sunday, and 2008 winner Novak Djokovic takes on Nicolas Almagro.