Djokovic sails into Australian Open pre quarters, Sharapova out

Wozniacki battles back from the brink

"There is television, there is tickets to sell, there is players that achieve more than some others, so that is why some players play in prime time and others don't play at prime time", Nadal said.

Sharapova, who split meetings with the sticky, tricky Sevastova a year ago, their previous encounter going over three hours, appeared to be running away with it this time, closing out the first set in 23 minutes.

The Russian was happy with her aggression during the opening stages of her win.

Britain's Kyle Edmund bids for a place in the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time when he takes on unseeded Italian Andreas Seppi on Sunday afternoon.

Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys, seeded sixth and 17th respectively, preserved their ideal form with straight-set wins in Round 3, too; neither player has dropped a set at the tournament yet. I was really trying to play my game.

Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the first major of the season.

"I have always looked up to her and I think we have shown the world that we can be the best", said Davis. He won in Milano a year ago.

The heat peaked during Djokovic's 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win.

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Afterwards, he called the conditions "risky" for the players, especially with the new rule restricting the time between points to 25 seconds.

Sharapova said she would not shy away from the work needed to try to get back to grand slam-winning level after her 15-month doping ban.

Twice in his first three service games Djokovic had to save break points, but after taking a 3-2 lead he never looked back and he reeled off the next three games to take the first set, his backhand and touch at the net showing promising signs.

"It was obvious we both suffered on the court today", Djokovic said.

Djokovic agreed, describing the conditions "brutal" and some of the toughest he's ever played in.

Seeking a record seventh title in Melbourne, Djokovic is set to take on Chung Hyeon of South Korea, who stunned Germany's Alexander Zverev 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. It was just one of these days where you had to stay tough mentally. "If you don't play matches, people will be unhappy".

But he said the conditions were at the point where it becomes a "danger in terms of health".

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