Australian Open: Men's round-up

Updates of all the important third round matches on Saturday.

Rafael Nadal prevailed in a nail-biting five-setter against Alexander Zverev.   -  Getty Images

Rafael Nadal staged a magnificent recovery to beat German teen Alexander Zverev in a five-set thriller to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open on Saturday.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion fought back to down the 19-year-old rising star 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-2 in four hours and six minutes.



Gael Monfils defeated Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 to set up a fascinating fourth round clash against Rafael Nadal.

RAONIC BEATS SIMON 6-2, 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3

Milos Raonic's suffered a brief glitch against Gilles Simon but the Canadian re-booted to delete the dogged Frenchman 6-2, 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3 and reach the fourth round.


Belgium's David Goffin ended Ivo Karlovic's record-breaking tournament with a straight-sets win.

Goffin had few problems against the weary 21st-ranked Croat, winning 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour, 28 minutes and will face either Dominic Thiem or Benoit Paire in the last 16.

Karlovic, at 37, was feeling the effects of Tuesday's tournament-record, 84-game victory over Horacio Zeballos when he prevailed 22-20 in the fifth set.

The 11th-seeded Goffin broke Karlovic's serve four times and did not have a break point on his own serve as he reached the round of 16 for the second straight year in Melbourne.

THIEM BEATS PAIRE 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Austria's eighth seed Dominic Thiem battled a shoulder injury as he overcame Frenchman Benoit Paire to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open.

Thiem needed massage treatment from a trainer at three consecutive changeovers in the fourth set as he fought out a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over the 47th-ranked Paire in two hours 24 minutes.

Thiem, the first Austrian into the last 16 in Melbourne since Jurgen Melzer in 2011, will face Belgian 11th seed David Goffin in the fourth round.


Roberto Bautista Agut knocked out David Ferrer 7-5, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to reach the fourth round, where he will either face Gilles Simon or Milos Raonic.

Djokovic's conqueror Denis Istomin won another five-setter 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 against Pablo Carreno Busta to get to round four.

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