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Djokovic wins despite many errors

Novak Djokovic (2)

It’s half lucky and half amazing that Novak Djokovic can commit 100 unforced errors and still bet the No. 14 player in the field. Even at an all-time worse the top men’s player in the world beat Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

And it was not sporadic grouping of errors either, Djokovic had errors all throughout the entire match and scored only 77 points off his 110 first serve attempts. The problem for Simon was that he was worse. Simon committed 68 errors of his own and won just 69-percent of the time on his first serves, only 36-percent of the time on his second serves. His serve was not zipping nearly as fast at Djokovic so he could not even take advantage of the match from the line by smacking aces.

Djokovic will face No. 7 Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals. Nishikori cruised past No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Nishikori, as he always is, is a quiet but very dangerous opponent for Djokovic. Nishikori has yet to win a major but is in his third Australian Open quarterfinal since 2012.

Federer and Berdych advance to quarterfinals

No. 15 David Goffin was no match for No. 3 Roger Federer, who seems destined for another appearance in the semifinals of the Australian Open. Federer advanced 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

No. 6 Tomas Berdych was put through a battle against No. 24 Roberto Bautista Agut but took the five-set match 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Berdych also lost a set to No. 29 Nick Kyrgios. He’s been winning but has not been dominating. Federer is a huge step up from those guys.

Williams and Sharapova set for another classic duel

Serena Williams has dominated Maria Sharapova in their head-to-head battle. Sharapova beat Williams twice back in 2004, but it’s been 17-straights wins for the dominant American ever since, but there is still something about their matchup that is always so intriguing.

There are two of the best of all time and know you that while Williams has Sharapova’s number, neither person could be counted out. It is always a great match and always intriguing. In the quarterfinals we will get to see their 21st meeting as they both advanced past the fourth round.

Williams made quick work of Margarita Gasparyan 6-2, 6-1. In fact, nobody has even come close to beating Williams. The closest anybody came was Camila Giorgi in the first round and she too lost in straight sets. Since them Williams has lost two a combined eight games in six sets.

Sharapova has a much tougher fourth round opponent as her side of the bracket did not see as many upset, but she still got past No. 12 Belinda Bencic 7-5, 7-5.

Sharapova won the Australian Open in 2008 and returned to the finals in 2012 and last year, where she was bumped by Williams.

Radwanska and Suarez Navarro advance to quarterfinals

While the bottom half of the bracket has been riddled with upsets, Agnieszka Radwanska is one of the top seeds to cruise through the bracker so far. Her win over Genie Bouchard in the second round was particularly impressive, but in the fourth round she was able to battle back to get past Anna-Lena Friedsam to advance to the quarterfinals. Radwanska won 6-7 (6), 6-1, 7-5. She converted 7-of-16 break points and scored on 44-of-62 first serves.

In the quarterfinals she will play No. 10 Carla Suarez Navarro, who beat Daria Gavrilova in three sets. Suarez Navarro was blanked in the first set but cruised through the second and third 0-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Hewitt’s career officially over after doubles loss

Lleyton Hewitt saw his singles career end after the second round when he lost to David Ferrer but he and countryman Sam Groth continued on in doubles competition. But they lost to the team of American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-2.

Hewitt immediate becomes Australian’s David team cup captain.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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