Australian Open: Nadal to face Raonic in quarterfinal

Rafael Nadal defeated Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to set up quarterfinal clash against third seed Milos Raonic.

Milos Raonic shakes hands after winning against Roberto Bautista Agut.

Milos Raonic shakes hands after winning against Roberto Bautista Agut.   -  Reuters

NADAL OVERCOMES MONFILS, THROUGH TO QUARTERS

Ninth seed Rafael Nadal crossed another hurdle after defeating sixth seed Gael Monfils of France in the round-of-16 in four sets to win 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and set up quarterfinal clash against third seed Milos Raonic.

Nadal took the first two sets completely dominating Monfils but lost the grip in the third set, losing 4-6. He did not waste much time in the fourth set as he break Monfils' serve to take the lead and went onto finish the fourth set 6-4 without taking it to the climax.

RAONIC STORMS INTO QUARTERS

Third seed Milos Raonic charged home to claim a quarterfinal spot with a fluctuating four-set win over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

Raonic had early problems before he recovered under a closed roof to win 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 against the 13th-seeded Bautista Agut in two hours, 52 minutes on Hisense Arena.

The big-serving Canadian will face either 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal or French sixth seed Gael Monfils in the last eight. He is 3-3 in career matches with Monfils, but trails Nadal 6-2 in their previous meetings.

GOFFIN WEARS DOWN THIEM FOR BELGIAN FIRST

David Goffin wore down Dominic Thiem in intense heat to become the first Belgian man to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Monday.

The 11th-seeded Goffin equalled his best Grand Slam showing in reaching the last eight with a 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-2 win over the eighth-seeded Austrian in two hours 44 minutes.

Goffin's win in the second-set tiebreaker proved crucial as he powered on to victory on Rod Laver Arena, where ambient temperatures were above 35 Celsius (95 Fahrenheit).

"I kept fighting, that was definitely key winning the second-set tiebreaker where I made some good returns," Goffin said.

"I continued to push on in the rallies and I'm really happy to win. Mentally, I'm tired."

Goffin knocked Thiem out in the third round of last year's Australian Open, before losing to the Austrian in the quarters at the French Open.

Goffin won on his second match point when Thiem netted a service return. It was the Belgian's first victory over a top 10 player at a major.

The Belgian, who reached the last eight at Roland Garros last year, will next face either Bulgarian 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov or Uzbek wildcard Denis Istomin in the quarters.

"Grigor is playing so well since the beginning of the season, winning in Brisbane, and is playing so well in the tournament, while Istomin is on fire," Goffin said.

Dimitrov ends Istomin's fairytale run

Grigor Dimitrov swept past injury-hit Denis Istomin to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals on Monday, ending the Uzbek wildcard's fairytale run.

The Bulgarian 15th seed reached the last eight for the second time with a 2-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, 6-1 win in two hours 25 minutes over Istomin, whose form fell away with an apparent back injury.

Dimitrov will face Belgian 11th seed David Goffin for a place in the semi-finals in the lower half of the draw.