Australian Open, Day 8: Serena, Djokovic enter last eight; Zverev self-destructs

Follow the live updates and results of day eight's action at the Australian Open 2019.

Updated : Jan 21, 2019 19:39 IST

Novak Djokovic takes on Danil Medvedev in the round of 16.
Novak Djokovic takes on Danil Medvedev in the round of 16.

Novak Djokovic takes on Danil Medvedev in the round of 16.

Welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the Australian Open 2019. Follow the updates and results of day eight's action.

  • World No. 1 Novak Djokovic coasts to a 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win over Daniil Medvedev to set up a quarterfinal clash with marathon-man Kei Nishikori.
    And he has got some cheeky stuff to say to Nishikori who played his third five-setter of the tournament on Monday:


  • Nishikori completes a remarkable comeback with an ace! The Japanese enters the last eight by beating Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7(8-10), 4-6, 7-6(7-4), 6-4, 7-6(10-8).


  • It has been close to three-and-half hours now since the clash between Carreno Busta and Kei Nishikori. Down two sets and a break down in the third, he recovers to take the set via tiebreaker and survive in the match. Carreno Busta currently leads (2-1) 7-6, 6-4, 6-7.


  • Serena Williams gets the better of World No. 1 Simona Halep to book her place in the quarterfinals. Serena Williams prevailed 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in an hour and 47 minutes. It will be her 50th Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance!! 50th!


  • Lucas Pouille downs the 11th seed Borna Coric 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 7-6 (2) in a tightly fought match and is into the quarters where he will face Milos Raonic.


  • Simona Halep comes back strong to take the second set 6-4. We go into the decider.


  • Pouille wins the third set 7-5.


  • Serena takes the first set 6-1.
  • Serena Williams breaks Simona Halep in the first set to take a 3-1 lead.


  • Borna Coric won the first set 7-6 (4) and Lucas Pouille pulled back to level with a 6-4 win in the second. The score stands at 2-2 in the third set.
  • Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova powers into the quarters with a straight set (6-3, 6-1) win against Garbine Muguruza.
  • And that's it! Milos Raonic has defeated third seed Alexander Zverev in straight sets 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (5) and is through to the quarters. 


  • Zverev fights back. He save two match points and levels the third set 5-5. This could be the turning point.
  • Not much has changed in the second set either. A frustrated Zverev loses this one 6-1 too.
  • Nothing seems to be going Zverev's way as Milos Raonic takes the first set 6-1. Will Zverev's Grand Slam jinx continue?
  • It's going to be a battle of big servers as Alexander Zverev takes on Milos Raonic.
  • Naomi Osaka beats Anastasija Sevastova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to progress to her first Australian Open quarterfinal.

The ever-humble Osaka


  • Sixth seed Elina Svitolina is into her second straight Australian Open quarterfinal after defeating Madison Keys 6-2, 1-6, 6-1.




Day 8 Schedule

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