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Isner pulls away to make Round of 16

John Isner was in a tough battle against Feliciano Lopex through the first two sets but cruised through the last two to advance to the Round of 16.

John Isner was in a tough battle against Feliciano Lopex through the first two sets but cruised through the last two to advance to the Round of 16.

It was a tough start in his fourth round match but No. 10 John Isner got stronger the longer the match went on and pulled away to beat No. 18 Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-4.

Isner’s serve was spot on the entire match, smacking down 44 aces. Those serves, especially as the match went on, made it hard for Lopez to create too much of a fight. The Spaniard won a close first match and though he lost a close second Isner settled in and played great Tennis the final two sets as he earned a spot in the round of 16 for the first time since 2010.

“I knew it was going to be a tough match,” Isner said. “Nothing separated us in the first two sets.”

But his serves separated them in the final two sets. Isner’s serve speed hovered right around 127.2 milers per hour. His fasted reached 140.5 mph. He scored 79-percent of the time off his first serve and earned 79 winners in the match.

Isner hit 11 aces in the third set, which helped earn points on 13-of-16 first serves and 3-of-4 second serves. He hit 12 aces in the final set and went 17-for-18 on first serves and 3-for-3 on second serves.

Isner will face No. 8 David Ferrer in the Round of 16. Ferrer rolled past American Steve Johnson in straight-sets 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

Keys beat “shaken” Ivanovic in third round

Midway through the match Ana Ivanovic’s coach Nigel Sears collapsed as he was walking out of the stadium. At the time Ivanovic was leading 6-4, 1-0, but after the stoppage to get Sears out on a stretcher and to a local hospital. The stoppage clearly shook Ivanovic and after the match she left a statement for the media saying she was “really shaken”, but to Keys’ credit she powered back to force a third set.

Keys trailed 3-0 in the third set but won five-straight games and then closed our the match and then the set with a forehand volley the next game to beat Ivanovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

In the third set Ivanovic took a 3-0 led, but Keys smacked two forehand winners in a row to get the victory.

Keys will play the resurgent Zhang Shuai in the fourth round. The Chinese qualifier upset No. 2 Simona Halep in the first round and has since advanced past Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-3 and Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-3.

The winner of that will play the winner of section seven, which will be either No. 21 Ekaterina Makarova, who had yet to lose a set in the tournament, or Johanna Konta, who upset Venus Williams in the first round and has not lost a set in the tournament either.

Azarenka makes easy work of Osaka

Few women are playing as good as No. 14 Victoria Azarenka to No. 26-year-old has had great success in Melbourne, winning in 2012 and 2013, and through three rounds might be the best pick to win it all again, other than Serena Williams. Azarekna has barely been tested in her three matches so far. In the third round she easily dusted off Japanese qualifier Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-1. She took care of Danka Konvinc 6-1, 6-2 and Alison Van Uytvanck 6-0, 6-0 earlier in the tournament.

Azarenka coverted 6-of-10 break points against Osaka and despite committing 21 unforced errors, seven more than her opponent, she was never in danger. She won 20-of-27 first serve points and was 12-for-15 on her net approaches in the match.

No. 7 Angelique Kerber also advanced to the fourth round with a convincing win over Madison Brengle, 6-1, 6-3. She will play fellow German Annika Beck in the fourth round. Beck beat Laura Siegemund, who knocked out No. 19 Jelena Jankovic in the second round, 6-0, 6-4.

Murray playing at elite level

Andy Murray is cruising right now. Through he lost the second set against No. 32 Joao Sousa, he was spectacular the rest of the way. Murray has advanced to four Australian Open finals since 2010, but a title has eluded him. He looks like he is on a mission to finally win a title.

In his 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over his Portugese opponent, Murray won 53-of-63 first serve points and was 16-for-18 on net approaches. He went 6-for-9 on break point conversions.

Murray will play No. 16 Bernard Tomic, who will have home-court advantage. He beat countryman John Millman 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in the third round to advance.

Wawrinka looking great through three rounds

Stan Wawrinka has barely been tested through three round.

Stan Wawrinka has barely been tested through three round.

No. 4 Stan Wawrinka’s soft backhand returns and hard slamming serves have helped him win ever set through three rounds of the tournament. The 2014 Australian Open winner beat Russian opponent Dmitry Tursunov 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 before Tursunov had to retire before the third set after suffering because of an apparent hip problem. Wawrinka then cruised to a straight-set victory over Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 and in the third round beat Lukas Rosol 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

Wawrinka was pushed a bit in the third set against Rosol but forced a tie-breaker and used and 18-2 ace advantage to earn his 400th ATP World Tour victory. Through three matches Wawrinka has hit 47 aces and won 120 points off 151 first serves and has simply looked spectacular against all of his opponents.

Wawrinka will face his toughest competition in the Round of 16 when he goes against No. 13 Milos Roanic, who beat No. 21 Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to move on, but Wawrinka

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