Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams march on
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Ante-post Australian Open favourites Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams both advanced to the fourth round on a day when the big names showed their class in Melbourne.
Djokovic had to dig deep to beat talented Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov but, having dropped the third set, the Serb raised his game to hand the 19-year-old a fourth-set bagel as he won 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-0
Serena was brilliant in dismissing a tearful Dayana Yastremska 6-2 6-1 earlier in the day on the Rod Laver Arena but she faces a tough test next in Simona Halep, who beat her sister Venus in straight sets.
Halep was sent off at 25-1 to take the title due to a tough draw and a lack of match fitness but the Romanian world number one is in to 12-1 now and is a 2-1 shot to beat Serena on Monday.
Alexander Zverev defeated Alex Bolt to tee up a huge fourth-round meeting with Milos Raonic while Grand Slam champions Naomi Osaka and Garbine Muguruza both progressed in the women's draw.
Shocks of the day
Upsets were thin on the ground on day six as 15 of the 16 match favourites won across both the men's and women's draws.
Pablo Carreno-Busta proved to be the only odds-against winner as he dispatched Fabio Fognini in four sets but there was little between the pair in the match betting, with the Spaniard sent off at 11-10.
Shuai Zhang came close to upsetting Elina Svitolina but the Ukrainian sixth seed battled back from 3-0 down in the deciding set to advance to the fourth round.
Player in focus
If Milos Raonic wins the Australian Open he is going to have to do it the hard way, but the signs are promising for the big-serving Canadian.
Injury problems and a loss of form over the last two years have seen Raonic slip down the rankings but the 28-year-old is making up for lost time and has impressed in three tough matches against Nick Kyrgios, Stan Wawrinka and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Raonic, who was beaten by Andy Murray in the 2016 Wimbledon final, has looked sharp in Melbourne and his partnership with coach Goran Ivanisevic is starting to pay dividends.
Raonic faces a difficult assignment against Sascha Zverev in the next round but he looks to have every chance of troubling the young German.
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