Top seed and world No.1 Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open is over, retiring during the fifth set of his quarter-final clash with Marin Cilic.
Sixth seed Cilic twice fought back from a set down to level the match, and was leading the final set 2-0 when Nadal succumbed to an upper leg/hip complaint.
Meanwhile, British bolter Kyle Edmund sprung another boilover by eliminating third seed Grigor Dimitrov in four sets.
The upsets kept coming on the women’s side of the fence, unseeded Belgian Elise Mertens dumping fourth seed Elina Svitolina out in straight sets. But Caroline Wozniacki ensured at least one favourite saluted on Tuesday, the second seed accounting for Carla Suarez Navarro in three sets to advance to the semis.
In today’s quarters, Roger Federer faces a tough challenge against an on-fire Tomas Berdych, and Tennys Sandgren and Hyeon Chung clash in a battle of the giant-killers.
Angelique Kerber squares off against American Madison Keys, while top seed Simona Halep and sixth seed Karolina Pliskova go toe-to-toe.
DAY 9 RESULTS
Rod Laver Arena
Elise Mertens (BEL) def 4-Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-4 6-0
3-Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v Kyle Edmund (GBR), 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6
1-Rafael Nadal (ESP) v 6-Marin Cilic (CRO), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5), 2-6, 0-2
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v 2-Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), 0-6, 7-6(3), 2-6