Sunday Jan 20, 2008
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Quick results have been the norm
today at the Australian Open, following the longest day in Grand
Rafael Nadal was through the fourth round in two sets. He won
the last night match before 10:30 p.m. at Rod Laver Arena when
Paul-Henri Mathieu retired at 6-4, 3-0 with a left calf muscle
injury after losing 11 of the first 12 points of the second set.
The last match the previous night didn't start until 11:47 p.m.
and Lleyton Hewitt finally beat 2006 runner-up Marcos Baghdatis in
five sets at 4:33 a.m on Sunday.
Yesterday's drama started with a rare five-setter for Roger
Federer. He needed 4 hours, 27 minutes to beat 49th-ranked Janko
Tipsarevic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-1, 10-8 in an extended
afternoon match that pushed back the night session at least two
The top women raced through the fourth round earlier today, with
top-ranked Justine Henin and 2006 finalist Maria
Sharapova setting up a quarterfinal showdown.
Henin beat Hsieh Su-Wei, the first Taiwanese player to
make it to the fourth round of a Grand Slam event, with a 6-2, 6-2
win. The fifth-seeded Sharapova beat fellow Russian Elena
Dementieva in straight sets.
Defending champion Serena Williams had a 6-4, 6-4 win over
Number-12 Nicole Vaidisova.