Australian Open, Day 6: Nadal, Murray, Federer enter last 16
World number one Rafael Nadal played his best match of the tournament to join title-contenders Andy Murray and Roger Federer in the fourth round at the Australian Open.
World number one Rafael Nadal powered past Frenchman Gael Monfils to reach the fourth round. The 13-time Grand Slam champion was too strong for the 25th-seeded Monfils, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in just over two hours on Rod Laver Arena.
Three-time finalist Andy Murray advanced to the fourth round at the Australian Open for the sixth straight year with a 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 26-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain. (All AP and AFP images)
Record Grand Slam champion Roger Federer cruised into the fourth round, downing unseeded Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili in straight sets. The Swiss great, who is chasing his fifth Australian crown, has now made the round of 16 at Melbourne for the 13th straight year after a workmanlike 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win in one hour 41 minutes.
India's Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek entered the third round of the men's doubles, easily defeating Italian Daniele Bracciali and Ukranian Alexander Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-4. Paes and Stepanek next play India's Yuki Bhambri and his New Zealand partner Michael Venus.
Rohan Bopanna emerged victorious in both men's doubles and mixed doubles. With Pakistani partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, the Indian rallied to beat the British pair of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 4-6 6-3 6-2 in men's doubles second round.
Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black cruised to a 7-5 6-1 win in the second round against Monica Niculescu from Roumania and Klara Zakopalova of Czech Republic.
Playing with first-time Romanian partner Horia Tecau, Sania Mirza won her mixed doubles first round against Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei and Robert Lindstedt from Sweden. The sixth seeded Indo-Romanian pair erased a one-set deficit to win 4-6 7-6(3) 10-8.
Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka made it all look routine Saturday in defeating unseeded Yvonne Meusburger 6-1, 6-0 in a third-round match.
Fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska had a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 over No. 29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and will next play Garbine Muguruza of Spain, who ousted former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Russian third seed Maria Sharapova battled into the fourth round with a hard-fought, straight-sets win over France's Alize Cornet. The four-time Grand Slam champion came through her match on Rod Laver Arena 6-1, 7-6 (8/6) in one hour 51 minutes.
Unheralded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza overcame her nerves to send former world number one Caroline Wozniacki crashing out of the Australian Open Saturday, continuing her stellar run of form.