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Brilliant Osaka secures come-from-behind victory over Muguruza, through to Quarterfinals on Day 7

Djokovic, Williams, Zverev all through as Thiem falls short

In the biggest performance of Day 7, women’s World number 3, Naomi Osaka came back from the brink of defeat to navigate her way past Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the round of 16. Osaka won the gruelling encounter with an incredible performance in three sets 4-6 6-4 7-5 to advance to the Quarterfinals where she will face Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei. Hsieh defeated Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova 6-4 6-2 to qualify for her first ever Grand slam Quarterfinals aged 35.

World number 1, Novak Djokovic battled past world number 14, Milos Raonic 7-6 4-6 6-1 6-4 in four sets to knock Raonic out and book his own place in the Quarterfinals of this year’s Australian Open. The top seed will be facing Germany’s Alexander Zverev who defeated Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-4 7-6 6-3 in straight sets for a place in the last 4.

World number 3 and last year’s beaten finalist, Dominic Thiem was stunned by Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-4 6-0 in straight sets. Dimitrov, who is ranked number 18 in the world won the the third set of the match in less than 25 minutes. He will now take on Russia’s unheralded surprise package, Aslan Karatsev in the last 8. Karatsev, who is ranked number 114 in the world defeated 20th ranked Felix Auger Aliassime, remarkably coming back from two sets down to win 3-6 1-6 6-3 6-3 6-4 in five sets.

Serena Williams defeated Aryna Sabalenka in three sets 6-4 2-6 6-4 to book her place in the Quarterfinals, where she will face world number 2, Simona Halep. Halep knocked out Polish world number 15, Iga Swiatek in the fourth round, coming from a set down to get a 3-6 6-1 6-4 victory.

Salahudeen Sulayman

Sulayman is a sports enthusiast and budding Sports writer. You can reach him on Twitter @Sulayman_Salah

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