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Saturday, 21 January 2017 10:16 AM GMT
Australian Open Day 6: Nadal outlasts Zverev as Serena, Konta impress rounds up the action from Day 6 at the 2017 Australian Open. READ MORE

There is always a moment, in every sport, where the changing of the guard takes place, the handing over of the torch from one generation to the next. That day was not today. 

But things may soon get tougher for Williams, the second seed this year, for she now faces in-form Czech Barbora Strycova, with Britain’s Jo Konta a potential opponent in the last eight.

For now, though, Williams is happy with her form. “I feel like I have been able to do pretty good. I have been doing the things I have been doing in practice, and hopefully I can build up on this.”

Konta, a semi-finalist last year and now firmly established in the top 10, crushed Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1, leaving the former world No.1 to make a bold claim. “I think if she keeps playing like this, then she has good chances against Serena.

"Obviously Serena is a champion, has won so many grand Slams. She's been in tough positions. But I think Johanna is playing on a very high level right now.”

First up for Konta, though, will be Ekaterina Makarova, who beat sixth seed Dominika Cibulkova in three sets.

Around the Grounds

Denis Istomin followed up his shock win over Novak Djokovic with a five-set triumph over Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain while eighth seed Dominic Thiem saw off Benoit Paire of France in four. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni continued her dream run with victory over Maria Sakkari.

Quote of the day

“I was losing the last couple of times in the fifth set so I said to myself, today’s the day.” Rafael Nadal after his battling win over Zverev.

Shock of the day

And a home one, too. Australians Ash Barty and Casey Dellacqua, both coming back to Grand Slam level after absences for different reasons, took out the No.5 seeds Martina Hingis and Coco Vandeweghe 6-2, 7-5 in the second round of the women’s doubles.

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