Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after a point against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman during their men's singles fourth round match on day seven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2018. -
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On an overcast and muggy day at Melbourne Park, the Spanish world No. 1 was up against his most dangerous opponent yet in pocket rocket Diego Schwartzman, one of the smallest men on tour.The Argentine 24th seed endeared with his astonishingly powerful groundstrokes before Nadal prevailed 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in almost four hours on Rod Laver Arena.It kept alive his push for a 17th Grand Slam title and ensured he will remain No. 1 when new rankings come out after the tournament.The win was Cilic's 100th at a Grand Slam.World No. 2 Wozniacki turned on the style in her match to take another step toward a maiden Grand Slam title.The 37th-ranked Elise Mertens also made the last eight, becoming the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to get so far in Australia. She posted a straight-sets win over Croat Petra Martic and will now play fourth seed Elina Svitolina who swept past Czech qualifier Denisa Allertova in two easy sets.
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