Australia: Garbiñe Muguruza's cruelest defeat
Nadal.While others suffer, he improves
Grigor Dimitrov passed the bill to Dominic Thiem for his great comeback against Nick Kyrgios.
The Austrian, finalist in 2020 against Djokovic, fell to the feet of the Bulgarian and said goodbye with a donut from the Australian Open (6-4, 6-4, 6-0).
will face the great surprise of the day in the quarterfinals, Aslan Karatsev, world number 114 and debutant at 27, who ousted
As Thiem arrived from those three hours of battle, Dimitrov had reached the fourth round thanks to the retirement due to injury of
The Austrian managed 3-1 leads in the first two sets, and up to seven points to go 4-1 in the first, but while the Bulgarian found the strength to lift those two adverse situations, Thiem plummeted.
In a match where the two signed 25 winners, the big difference was the strength with the second serve (32% Thiem, 58% Dimitrov) and the unforced errors: 41 from the Austrian to only 18 from the Bulgarian.
It will be the fourth time Dimitrov has played the quarter-finals in Australia, the only major where his performance comes close to the potential he once appeared to have.
From the previous to quarters
And the first to the great surprise, Aslan Karatsev.
The Russian is making his 27-year-old debut in the final draw of a great and in what way: after having left 'Little' Schwartzman on the road, he claimed his second seed with Auger-Aliassime (3-6, 1 -6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4).
He is the first 'rookie' to reach the quarterfinals of a great since
at Wimbledon 1996, and the first player from the previous to reach this rung since
at Wimbledon 2011.
In the other part of the table,
, a semi-finalist a year ago, disbanded Dusan Lajovoic and awaits the winner of the duel between Djokovic and Milos Raonic.
In the women's draw, after the duel between Naomi Osaka and Garbiñe Muguruza,
defeated Sabalenka in a cross between great punchers (6-4, 2-6, 6-4) and prepares another highlight for the quarterfinals: Simona Halep.
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