Rafael Nadal Battles Past Kyrgios To Reach Australian Open Quarter-finals

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal proved to be the tougher player in a thrilling four-set, fourth-round match against Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open on Monday. The 33-year-old Spanish top seed was forced to drop a set for the first time in this tournament before winning the match (6-3, 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(4)) to set up a quarter-final with Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem. The match lasted 3 hours and 38 minutes. Thiem made his first Australian Open quarterfinal defeating tenth seed Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 at Rod Laver Arena. Former champion Stan Wawrinka produced some of his best tennis to come back from brink of defeat against No. 4 seed Daniil Medvedev. The three-time Grand Slam champion raised his game in the fourth and fifth sets at Margaret Court Arena to ensure his advance to the quarter-finals. Score: 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-2. In the women's section, Garbine Muguruza entered the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after a gap of three years. The unseeded Spaniard recorded a 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 9 seed Kiki Bertens in just 68 minutes on Monday. Similarly, World No. 3 Simona Halep had a straight-set 6-4, 6-4 win over Elise Mertens to book her fourth Australian Open quarterfinals. Halep will meet No. 28 seed Anett Kontaveit in the last eight.