Eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic became the second player in the world to register 300th win at the Grand Slam. World number one tennis player Djokovic achieved this feat by defeating Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Legendary Roger Federer (362) holds the record for the most wins.
The 33-year-old Djokovic will face Alexander Zverev of Germany, who beat Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-6, 6-3. Djokovic did not practice on Saturday due to a stretch in his abdominal muscles. He, however, showed no signs of injury in this match. This is Djokovic’s 12th consecutive win against Raonic.
US Open champion Dominic Thiem succumbed to a reversal. Austria’s third seed Thiem lost to Bulgaria’s Kigrigor Dimitrov 4-6, 4-6, 0-6. Dimitrov will now clash with Russia qualifier Aslan Karatsev.
Aslan, 29, defeated 20th-seeded Canadian Felix Agur Alisamy 3-6 1-6 6-3 6-3 6-4. He is the first male player to reach the final eight in his debut Grand Slam after (Alex Radulescu, 1996 Wimbledon).
Not only this, Aslan, ranked 114th, is also the lowest ranked player to reach the Australian Open quarters in the last 30 years after Patrick Machenro of America (1991, ranking 114). It is also the first player to reach the fifth round of a Grand Slam in the last ten years (after Bernard Tomic 2011, Wimbledon).
Serena Williams reached the quarterfinals for the 13th time. Playing for a record 24th Grand Slam title, Serena defeated Aryana Sabolenka 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in a three-set bout. The 39-year-old American veteran will now face world number two Simona Halep. Halep of Romania defeated French Open champion Inga Switchek 3-6 6-1 6-4.
Older players reach quarter-finals of Wei Grand Slam
Three-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka returned with two match points to beat Garbine Muguruza 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Japanese player Osaka will now take on 35-year-old Si Su Wei of Taiwan, who beat the 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vandrosova 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the final eight of a Grand Slam for the first time. Wei is the oldest female player to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final in the Open era.