Top seeds move on at Aus­tralian Open

Nadal sweeps last Aussie out of Aus­tralian Open

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY JOHN PYE

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.

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