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'Almost dead' Halep joins Thiem in last 16 at Australian Open

21 January 2018

It looked like Davis would pull off one of the shocks of the tournament when the score was 11-10, however, a determined Halep managed to survive three match points and claw her way into the lead at 14-13.

Halep said that she now had nothing to lose for the rest of the tournament because "honestly, I thought it's over at that moment [three match points down]".

"Definitely it was a very tough match, so long, and I never played the third set so long".

It equaled the longest women's singles match at the Australian Open in terms of games played: Chanda Rubin's win over Arantxa Shanchez Vicario in 1996 was also 48 games. In terms of duration, it was nearly an hour shorter than the record 4:44 that Francesca Schiavone needed to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2011. "I think my second toes are just a bit infected", she said. As well, it was Federer's 90th match win at Melbourne Park.

At Wimbledon in 2014, the Canadian beat Halep in the semifinals before advancing to the final, where she lost to Petra Kvitova.

"And also I found more energy after that three-minutes break".

Konta saved three match points in the ninth game of the second set, then broke Pera to level the set at 5-all. It was not easy, but I just kept playing. "It's the only match that I played like this". I'm really happy I could stay and win it.

She won every point on her serve in the first set, holding at love in three games.

Davis, belittling her WTA ranking of 76, shifted Halep around the court with an all-or-nothing style that produced a flurry of winners to mask a threateningly high unforced error count.

"We were both fighting our hearts out", she said. I was in the zone and trying to focus on what it was I had to do in that next point in order to be successful. "I didn't feel any pressure".

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She took a medical timeout to stall Halep's momentum and the Romanian fumed on the baseline as a trainer worked on Davis's toe.

She's listed at 5-foot-2, and that might be generous.

Madison Keys is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open after starting Saturday's program on Margaret Court Arena with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ana Bogdan. I was like, 'This is my last chance. "She's always unsafe, especially at the Grand Slams", Kerber said.

"I think now I'm much stronger (mentally)", the 26-year-old told reporters. "She's an incredible player", Davis said.

Speaking about the ankle, things aren't that optimistic as it seems, but still better than expected, "It's sore. Looking at the overall picture - the beginning of this year - there's a lot to build from".

"I have some figuring out to do, what happens to me in deciding moments in Grand Slams", he said after going down 5-7, 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Elsewhere, Czech sixth seed Karolina Pliskova beat compatriot Lucie Safarova 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 to reach round four.

She saved one match point in the ninth game on her serve before Hsieh served out the match in the next, clinching it with a winning backhand to the corner. She lost to Sevastova at the U.S. Open last September in her return to Grand Slam tennis.

"I've never played a third set so long".

'Almost dead' Halep joins Thiem in last 16 at Australian Open