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Sharapova Stuns Wozniacki as Ice Men Nadal and Federer Plow On

Sharapova Stuns Wozniacki as Ice Men Nadal and Federer Plow On

Sharapova said "I haven't played many matches in the past year, especially against top players, and these are the kinds of matches I train for". She loves playing here, loves everything about this tournament.

The match did not start until shortly before midnight due to a long-running men's encounter on the Margaret Court Arena, but Sharapova needed only around an hour to conclude the win.

An even less well known face is up next for Kerber - and on her 31st birthday too - 249 ranked Kimberley Birrell, who saw off the seeded Donna Vekic earlier.

"Relatively speaking on paper, if you're looking at numbers, yeah, absolutely", she said.

Not that it mattered, the cheeky Russian said her other half had a habit of keeping her up past bedtime.

Germany's second seed Angelique Kerber, the 2016 title victor, steamrolled Australian youngster Kimberley Birrell 6-1, 6-0 as the Wimbledon champions continued her under-the-radar progress. "But, yeah, despite all those changes, I thought I played well".

Second seed Nadal called young Australian Alex de Minaur "one of the best in the world" ahead of their evening clash, then proceeded to hand him a tennis lesson, dismantling the teenager 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

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Caroline Wozniacki maintained her aggressive start to the defence of her Australian Open crown to charge into the third round at Melbourne Park.

Asked who was favourite for Friday's match, Sharapova conceded she was the underdog. "I think I served well when I had to".

Sharapova won her last Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2014 and has struggled to rejoin the game's elite since completing a 15-month ban for failing a drugs test.

Caroline Wozniacki has mno need to worry.

Wozniacki was the No. 3 seed in Australia, a year after beating Simona Halep in the final to claim her first major championship. "And these are the kinds of matches I train for".

"I had a really good feeling out here today against someone who can be unsafe", said Federer after reaching the Melbourne fourth round for the 17th time - more than anyone else ever.

"It's always a physical match", Sharapova told reporters of her third-seeded opponent looming in the next round, with Wozniakci having won her first Grand Slam here previous year.


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