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Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer advance to fourth round at Australian Open

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer advance to fourth round at Australian Open

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer advance to fourth round at Australian Open

And Barty was not the only crowd fancy to get her marching orders, with five-time Grand Slam victor Maria Sharapova roundly beaten by a surgically precise Angelique Kerber.

Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber have emerged from the chaos of the Australian Open women's draw as two of the favourites after Britain's No 1 Jo Konta joined a host of fallen seeds on Thursday.

This was Sharapova's first appearance at the Australian Open since 2016, when she tested positive for meldonium and later was handed a 15-month ban.

When a backhand return victor brought up a break point and a trademark yell of "C'mon!" from Sharapova, you thought she might be on the point of turning the match on its head.

Kerber was uncomfortable in her skin as the top seed during last year's tournament, when she lost in the fourth round to American CoCo Vandeweghe, but ranked 21st this year, she looms as a unsafe floater in the draw.

Sharapova only returned to the top 50 two weeks ago and Kerber to the top 20 last week after being on top of the rankings as defending champion in Melbourne a year ago.

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"I'm looking forward to the thirties".

The pair had played each other on seven occasions before Saturday, with Kerber edging the series 4-3 including their previous two meetings, the last of which came on the Stuttgart clay in 2015.

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"But I was really trying to not think about everything around and everything about the match, about against who I was playing". I'm still fit. I am still enjoying my tennis.

Halep will play the victor of Saturday's later match between local hope Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka.

Also advancing were No. 8 Caroline Garcia and No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, who next plays Hsieh.

No. 5 Dominic Thiem rallied to beat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 and No. 21 Albert Ramos beat another American, wild-card entry Tim Smyczek.

Madison Keys is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open after starting Saturday's program on Margaret Court Arena with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ana Bogdan.

Another loss at a major had the highly-touted Zverev admitting he may have a problem.

Tomas Berdych ended 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro's return to Melbourne Park for the first time since 2014 with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win.

This time around the Russian got the job done 6-1 7-6 (7-4) against the 14th seeded Latvian. He's won five tour-level titles, but never gone beyond the fourth round at a major. Dabrowski and partner Mate Pavic of Croatia defeated Australians Alex Bolt and Lizette Cabrera 6-3, 7-5.

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