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Roanic makes history with upset of Wawrinka

Milos Roanic

No. 13 Milos Roanic became the first Canadian tennis player to advance to the quarterfinals of ever Major as he upset No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in a five-set war that lasted three hours and 44 minutes.

Roanic hit 24 aces in the match, which is serve averaging 128.5 miles per hours, hitting 142.9 mph at one point. And he was a bit more precise. His serves, net approaches and returns helped him overcome 53 errors in the match. Roanic went to the net 83 times and made the return 54-percent of the time to cut the recovery time down for Wawrinka.

Wawrinka looked incredible through his first three matched but Raonic advanced and will face No. 23 Gael Monfils, who beat Andrey Kuzentsov in the fourth round 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Cinderella’s Konta and Shuai advance to quarterfinals

Johnanna Konta and Zhang Shuai keep pulling off upsets and one of them will make it to their first Major semifinals.

Shuai has never before gotten out of the first round in 14 prior attempts but the Chinese qualifier knocked off No.2 Simona Halep in the first round, cruised past Aliza Cornet and Varvara Lepchenko to get to the fourth round and on the eighth day of the tournament knocked out No. 15 Madison Keys 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The American started off hot against Zhang, winning 83-percent of first serves to cruise out to an early start, but the darling of the tournament kept focused, was not rattled and Keys eventually let her errors get the best of her. In three sets, Keys committed 51 errors and her success on her first serves significantly dropped as the match went on.

Konta became the first British female to get to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open since 1984 as she eked out No. 21 Ekterina Makarova in a close contest that went down to the wire 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.

Neither player wanted that last set to end, but Konta’s 105-mile per hour serve out wide got Makarova running the opposite way at full speed and made her return down the middle indefensible. The 24-year-old Konta went to the fourth round of the 2015 US Open, but that was only the second time she ever got out of the first round of a Major. This is her first appearance in the Australian Open and wll play Zhang for a spot in the semifinals.

No. 14 Azarenka and No. 7 Beck set for quarterfinals clash

While the bottom section has two unlikely players moving into the quarterfinals, the section above on the bracket has two powerhouses. No. 14 Victoria Azarenka, the former world No. 1 and two-time Australian Open winner, cruised through her fourth-straight match without much of a challenge as she beat Barbora Strycova.

Azarenka simply has Strycova’s number and for a second-straight year ended her run in Melbourne, cruising to a 6-2, 6-4 win. Azarenka has lost only 11 games in four matches.

In the quarterfinals she will play No. 7 Angelique Kerber, who upended countryman Annika Beck in straight sets 6-4, 6-0.

Ferrer knocks out Isner, Murray advances

He already ended the singles career of Lleyton Hewitt and now No. 8 David Ferrer has ended the American dream to get a Grand Slam title. It’s been 13 years since Andre Agassi won the Australian Open and Andy Roddick’s US Open win later that year was the last American champion. But for the 49th-straight time the Americans will be held out as No. 10 John Isner lost in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.

Despite Isner hitting 18 aces in the match, bumping his total up to 119 in four rounds, 45 more than anybody else, Ferrer won 40-percent of the spots off the hard-hitting American’s serves. Ferrer just played a pretty flawless game, committing only 17 errors while Isner had 49 in three sets. Ferrer scored 82-percento of the time off his own first sets and was 11-for-17 on net approaches.

Ferrer will play No. 2 Andy Murray in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Murray had a tough contest with No. 16 Bernard Tomic, but still won in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Klaasen and Ram upset Bryan brothers

South African Raven Klaasen seems to have the answer of how to beat the Bryan Brothers. He and then partner Eric Butorac shocked the Bob and Mike Bryan in the 2014 Australian OPen and again at the US National Indoor Tennis Championships. It’s happened again, this time with American partner Rajeev Ram.

Klaasen and Ram hit 13 aces and scored 72-percent of the time off their first serves while hitting 55 winners against the six-time Australian Open Champions.

It was the third-straight year the Bryan Brothers were knocked out in the third round of the tournament.

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