Aussie Open Day 7: Nadal sets up Berdych quarter-final, easy win for Sharapova

Rafael Nadal enjoyed a straight sets victory in his last 16 match at the Australian Open as the Spaniard saw off the 14th seed Kevin Anderson with a 7-5 6-1 6-4 win.

Rafael Nadal nearly quit his seocnd round match on Wednesday due to illness image: straitstimes.com

Rafael Nadal nearly quit his second round match on Wednesday due to illness
image: straitstimes.com

The World number three will now face Tomas Berdych as the Swiss man also picked up a straight sets win seeing off Australian Bernard Tomic 6-2 7-6 (7/3) 6-2.

The home nation will have one of their own in the last eight for the first time since 2005 as 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios produced a stunning comeback to beat Andreas Seppi – the Italian who dumped out Roger Federer on Friday – recovering from two sets down to win 5-7 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7/5) 8-6.

It’s Andy Murray next for the Aussie, as the Scot booked his place in the quarters for the sixth straight year as he held off the challenge of tenth seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 7-5.

On the women’s side of things, it was an easy victory for world number two Maria Sharapova as the Russian saw off China’s Shuai Peng 6-3 6-0.

She will now face Eugenie Bouchard in the quarter-finals as the Canadian responded from a second set collapse to clinch the win over Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-1 7-5 6-2.

Maria Sharapova enjoyed an easy win to advance to the quarter-finals image: bbc.co.uk

Maria Sharapova enjoyed an easy win to advance to the quarter-finals
image: bbc.co.uk

There was no problems for third seed Simona Halep who bagged a straight sets win over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-4 6-2 to set up a quarter-final clash with Russian Ekaterina Makarova, who beat Germany’s Julia Georges 6-3 6-2.

You can check out more results from day seven of the Australian Open here.

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