Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov ousted Australia’s Nick Kyrgios within the late fourth spherical match on Sunday to hitch Rafa Nadal, Marin Cilic and Kyle Edmund within the quarters finals of the Australian Open.
The maturing Australian 22-year-old pushed world quantity three Dimitrov shut in a vastly entertaining 4 setter earlier than succumbing 7-6 (7/Three), 7-6 (7/Four), Four-6, 7-6 (7/Four).
Playing Nick is at all times difficult,” mentioned the Bulgarian, as he targets bettering the semi-finals he made final yr.
“It was one of those matches you had to take any opportunity that you got.”
His reward is a showdown with Briton Kyle Edmund, who reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 6-7 (Four/7), 7-5, 6-2, 6-Three win over Italy’s Andreas Seppi.
World quantity two Wozniacki turned on the model in her match to take one other step in the direction of a maiden Grand Slam title.
The assured Wozniacki, a semi-finalist in 2011 who has by no means fairly lived as much as the hype within the majors, annihilated 19th-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova 6-Three, 6-Zero in her most spectacular efficiency up to now.
“She really mixes up the pace, I just tried to calm down, get my returns in and wait for the opportunities to attack,” she mentioned after crushing the Slovak, who made the semi-finals at Wimbledon final yr.
“I think you can tell my confidence is pretty good at the moment.”
Her straightforward passage units up a last-eight conflict with gritty Spaniard Suarez Navarro, who battled again from a set and Four-1 right down to shatter the hopes of 32nd seed Anett Kontaviet.
The Estonian had been effervescent with confidence after despatching French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko within the third spherical, however nerves obtained the higher of her.
The Spaniard, who has made the quarter-finals in Melbourne twice earlier than, most lately in 2016, credited her fightback with a aware determination to be extra aggressive.
“My team all the time they say (to) me, play aggressive, play aggressive. That’s I think what I did,” mentioned Suarez Navarro, one of many few who nonetheless makes use of a one-handed backhand.
Looking forward to Wozniacki, she added: “I know how she plays. I know how tough she is. It will be a really interesting match.”
The 37th-ranked Elise Mertens additionally made the final eight, changing into the primary Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to get to date in Australia.
She posted a straight-sets win over Croat Petra Martic and can now play both fourth seed Elina Svitolina or Czech qualifier Denisa Allertova.