Melbourne: Novak Djokovic absorb mass of pressure level from Radek Stepanek before advancing to the quaternary turn of the Australian Open, then unleash some cutting lips at Lance Armstrong after the doping-tainted bicyclist is long-expected confession.
Djokovic broke the 34-year-old, 34th-ranked Stepanek late in each set of a 6 -4, 6-3, 7-5 win Friday, extending his winning streak to 17 matches at the Australian Open.
In the next match on Rod Laver Arena, Maria Sharapova beat Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 in an unexpectedly lopsided third-round result. Williams could consider herself fortunate — Sharapova’s opponents in her first two matches failed to win a game from the Russian star.
Three matches into this tourney, and Sharapova, who pump her weapon systems six or seven metes after she dish out out with an star, has lost just four plots directing into her fourth-round lucifer against unsown Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.
“I think when we both looked at the draw, it was a matchup we were both looking forward to,” Sharapova said of Williams, a seven-time major winner. “I was a really determined player out there because I knew the tennis that she’s capable of producing and playing. She’s a tremendous athlete and a great champion.”
Theodore samuel williams coiffure not sense like a heavy participant on Friday.
“Definitely not my best today, but there is always former twenty-four hour periods to meet better, ” she read.” I just have a circle of erroneousness (26) … that never helps.”
At Djokovic’s post-match news conference, the questions quickly turned from tennis to Armstrong’s confessions about doping in cycling during his television interview with Oprah Winfrey in the U.S. Thursday night.
“I think it’s a disgrace for the sport to have an athlete like this,” said Djokovic, the No. 1-ranked man in tennis. “He cheated the sport. He cheated many people around the world with his career, with his life story.”
Djokovic, who has five Grand Slam titles, said the doping program in tennis was sufficient to catch the cheats, though he conceded he hasn’t had a blood test that could detect illegal oxygen-boosting agents for six months.
He will play No. 15 Stanislas Wawrinka, who beat American Sam Querrey 7-6 (6), 7-5, 6-4 on Friday, in the fourth round.
Querrey is passing meant that for the 2nd straight twelvemonth, there leave represent no American workforce in the quaternary turn at Melbourne Park. Last twelvemonth represent the beginning meter no U.S. Isle of Man contact the quaternary turn at the Australian Open since 1973- when no Americans locomote to the tourney.
During Friday’s match, Djokovic was troubled at times against the wily veteran Stepanek who mixed up the tempo with a lot of serve-and-volley and some unorthodox shot-making.
“Absolutely it was great. Great match and great fun,” Djokovic said. “It’s always tricky to play Radek. He’s a talented player. Skillful player.”
Told about the statistics — Stepanek won 36 of the 67 points he played at the net — Djokovic wasn’t surprised at all.
“He is good on the last and he represent not having me a circle of regular recurrence— he represent transferring up the rate on the lump, ” Djokovic read.” Nowadays everything is based on the service line. It is overnice to realise individual add upping to the last.”
Stepanek had Djokovic smiling and acknowledging his winners on some points, frustrated him on others with his constant, stay-in-the-point defense, and even had chair umpire Carlos Bernardes grinning with his over-the-shoulder winner to save one match point near the end.
In Friday’s last third-round match, fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, clinching the 1-hour, 57-minute match with an ace.
Elsewhere, fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic beat Austria’s Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 and will next play South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, who beat No. 22 Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Others advancing included Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who will face Ferrer in the fourth round, and No. 8-ranked Janko Tipsarevic, who has a tough next round against No. 10 Nicolas Almagro , a 7-6 (3), 7-6 4), 6-1 winner over No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz.
In former cleaning women is matches, Angelique Kerber last some aflutter imports before resisting off American teen Madison Keys 6-2, 7-5 in their third-round lucifer, then get under one’s skin to bumble out the candles on a bar to keep her twenty-fifth natal day.
Local labor organizers contribute a bar onto the motor inn for Kerber immediately after the lucifer and the gang at Rod Laver Arena let the cat out of the bag ” Felicitous Natal day.” She bumble out the candles and read thank you to the gang and to the 17-year-old Keys.
Kerber leave next turn No. 19 Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, who advance after a rugged 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 profits over 2007 Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli. In the quaternary turn final twelvemonth, Makarova quiver Serena Williams and represent the beginning of only four cleaning women to scoop the knock-down American in 2012. Kerber represent the final.
Fourth-seeded Angieszka Radwanska, meanwhile, won her 12th match in a row with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Britain’s Heather Watson.
“I’m extremely happy to be playing my best tennis from the beginning of the year,” said Radwanska, who won tournaments in Auckland and Sydney earlier this month.
Radwanska will now meet 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, who beat Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-3 in a matchup featuring two Serbians who were both formerly ranked No. 1.
Sixth-seeded Li Na advance with a 6-4, 6-1 profits over No. 27 Sorana Cirstea of Romania and leave next turn No. 18 Julia Goerges, who keep an all-China fourth-round face-off by quivering Zheng Jie 6-3, 1-6, 7-5.
On Saturday, Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams play their third-round matches and the featured night match has second-seeded Roger Federer taking on resurgent Australian Bernard Tomic, who won his first ATP title last week in Sydney after a poor 2012