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Australian Open 2014 Day 6: Dimitrov joins big four in last 16

Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open 2014
by Alexandra Willis at Melbourne Park
Saturday 18 January 2014

Wimbledon.com's highlights from the sixth day of play at the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne

Big win
Grigor Dimitrov d. Milos Raonic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(10)
The much-thought of Bulgarian has finally made his major breakthrough. Reaching the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time with his four-set defeat of Milos Raonic, Dimitrov played as beautifully and emphatically as he has in the past, but with a focus too, producing 49 winners but just 13 unforced errors.  So while celebrity coaches may be all the rage, but Roger Rasheed seems to be doing just fine with Dimitrov. " "We try to go one day at a time but everyday is 100%," Dimitrov said about his new coach.

Next up is the rather unknown quantity Roberto Bautista Agut. Dimitrov, not just Baby Federer any more, will have to step up again.

Agniezska Radwanska also survived dropping the first set to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, still seeking her major breakthrough, coming back to beat the Russian 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Does this surface best suit the craft and guile of the fifth seed? Probably not. But she is into the second week, and everything changes from here.

Wish you were there
Margaret Court Arena. Fourth set tie-break. Dimitrov v Raonic. The Australian Open's new and improved third court has become a real cauldron for excellent atmosphere, the acoustic of the new arena showing off the combined hubub of the four and a half thousand strong crowd (which will be 7,000 when it's all finished). And in the context of a match-defining tie-break, it was a great place to be.

Weather watch
Cool and calm. Tickets sold out, the grounds were packed, and all in all it was a pleasant breezy Melbourne day. It felt like a different country.

The upset
Garbine Muguruaz d. Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Wozniacki really looked like she might do something this tournament, new coach Thomas Hogstedt in co, the confidence of an engagement buoying her along. But she was taken to task by Muguruza, the recent Hobart champ,  who is now on an 11-match win streak.

"You can always look back and say that you've done the wrong thing but that's not the point," Wozniacki said.

Swing and don't miss
Roberto Bautista Agut. The Spaniard followed up his upset of Juan Martin Del Potro with another, a three set unpiecing of Benoit Paire, the 27th seed.

Straight sets for the following: Stephane Robert, Roger Federer, Sloane Stephens, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic, Simona Halep, Dominika Cibulkova, Andy Murray, Victoria Azarenka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kei Nishikori, Rafael Nadal.

British hopes
As Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins were downed in three by Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, and Jamie Murray and John Peers suffered a 4-6, 4-6 loss to Eric Butorac and Klaasen, the last Brit standing in doubles is Dom Inglot. He and partner Treat Huey, the 12th seeds, came through 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1 against all-Italian combo Andreas Seppi and Potito Starace.

Wins for, in the men's,  Fyrstenberg & Matkowski (9), Paes & Stepanek (5), Bennetau & Roger-Vasselin (11), Nestor & Zimonjic (8), Peya & Soares (2), Bob & Mike Bryan (1), Dodig & Melo (4), and in the women's, Hlavackova and Safarova, Hantuchova & Raymond (15),  Makarova & Vesnina (3), in the mixed, Srebotnik & Bopanna (2), Mirza & Tecau (6), Groenefeld & Peya (1), Medina Garrigues & Soares (5)

But there was a bit upset as home hopes and former finalists Ash Barty and Casey Dellacqua were surprisingly shoved out of the draw by Timea Babos and Petra Martic, 1-6, 3-6. Madison Keys and Alison Riske meanwhile knocked out 12th seeds Mladenovic and Pennetta, and Goerges and Zahlavova Strycova (14) were beaten by Australian combo Adamczak and Rogowska. Groenefeld & Lucic-Baroni (11) were beaten by Bouchard & Dushevina. In the men's, ATP 2013 champions David Marrero & Fernando Verdasco were upset 6-7(4) 3-6 by Australian wild card duo Bolt and Whittington.

Congratulations to the Bryans, who were named the International Tennis Writers' Association male ambassadors of the year. 


Stats of the day
At 33, Stephane Robert is the oldest player to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time. He is also the first lucky loser to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Roger Federer meanwhile, has reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the 27th time without dropping a set.

Tweet of the day                                 
"Huge respect goes out to Ross today,he owned up to a ball which flicked his hair which none of us or the referee saw it touch"
Rohan Bopanna @rohanbopanna

Quote of the day
"Actually I don't check so much the ranking.  I'm not checking the prize money.  I'm not checking the rankings or points, because when I do this, then I'm losing. So please, no question about prize money ."
Stephane Robert's superstitions.

Photo of the day
Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov share an ice bath

Video of the day
Jelena Jankovic wins interviews

Ones to watch on Sunday


11am - Angelique Kerber (9) v Flavia Pennetta (28)
NB 12.30pm - Serena Williams (1) v Ana Ivanovic (14)
NB 2pm - Novak Djokovic (2) v Fabio Fognini (15)

7pm - Casey Dellacqua (WC) v Eugenie Bouchard (30)
FB - Stanislas Wawrinka (8) v Tommy Robredo (17)


NB 12.30pm - Li Na (3) v Ekaterina Makarova (22)
FB - Florian Mayer v David Ferrer (3)


NB 5pm - Tomas Berdych (5) v Kevin Anderson (19) 


For all the reports and results from Melbourne Park, visit the Official Australian Open website

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