Djokovic showed his dominating form, advancing to the last 16 of the Australian Open with a straight-sets victory over Tomas Martin Etcheverry. He expressed satisfaction with his performance and stated that it was his best performance of the tournament so far. Djokovic will face Adrian Mannarino in his next match.
Aryna Sabalenka and Jannik Sinner also made strong statements with their performances in the tournament. Sabalenka, the second seed and defending champion, has only dropped six games in her three matches so far. She aims to follow in the footsteps of last year’s champion, Iga Swiatek, who won many sets 6-0. Sinner, the fourth seed, has been in great form, winning his first Masters title and leading Italy to the Davis Cup title.
Other notable performances include Coco Gauff’s dominant win and the dream run of 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva. Gauff displayed her intent with a 6-0, 6-2 victory, while Andreeva fought back to defeat Diane Parry. Maria Timofeeva, a qualifier, also secured her spot in the fourth round by upsetting Beatriz Haddad Maia. Timofeeva’s run is particularly impressive as she is ranked 170th in the world and is the lowest-ranked woman to reach this stage in Melbourne since 2017.
Rejuvenated former teen prodigy Amanda Anisimova also emerged victorious, defeating Paula Badosa. Anisimova, who has returned from a break of eight months due to burnout and mental health issues, will face Sabalenka in the next round.
In the men’s draw, Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Taylor Fritz all secured wins in their respective matches. Rublev will face Alex de Minaur in the next round, while Tsitsipas and Fritz will face each other for a spot in the quarter-finals.