Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Day 6 Snapshot from the Australian Open

Day 6 Snapshot from the Australian Open

"I'm nearly dead", Halep, a 26-year-old Romanian, said after her victory.

"I just feel that my muscles are gone". I don't know how my ankle is because I can't feel it any more'.

"I have never played a match like that before where it went so long in the third set".

Praise for the speedy Davis " I gave everything I had today, and actually, I'm really proud that I could stay there and win it.

Davis showed her intent with a barnstorming first set, unleashing her powerful backhand to the delight of the Rod Laver Arena crowd.

It was a win, said the French Open finalist, that might have slipped through her fingers in years past.

The third was simply out of this world.

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The Romanian fought back from the brink at 11-10 in the epic final set before serving out the match on the fourth attempt after a taxing three hours and 44 minutes on the center court at Rod Laver Arena.

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]".

Each time, Davis jumped off the deck to break back, fist-pumping to an appreciative crowd.

"Honestly, I thought it's over at that moment, but was good because I relaxed my arm and I served pretty well those three balls", Halep said. However, a desperate Davis was able to hold on and break Halep.

Davis wouldn't win another game after a second medical time-out at 13-12.

Suffering a huge scare against the American, she had to save three match points before converting one of her own to set up a blockbuster meeting with Naomi Osaka in the fourth round, prevailing with an incredible 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 scoreline.

That's if she can walk.

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"That first match point just, I felt something and I couldn't really put any pressure - it was my right toe, and then it eventually was my left toe, also". "I never played the third set so long".

"But the fact she's out there playing with a little bit of a dodgy ankle. she's a tough chick".

Halep also saved three match points before claiming the break in the 47th game and crucially holding to end the titanic tussle in front of an appreciative Australian crowd.

Tsonga rallied from 5-2 in the fifth to overcome Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in a 3-hour, 37-minute match that contained one of his nonchalant between-the-legs shots on an important point.

Halep had chances to serve for the match in the ninth, 11th and 15th games of the third set but was broken each time by the No. 76-ranked Davis, who then blew three match points from 0-40 on Halep's serve in the 22nd game.

The 13th-seeded Querrey was one of 10 American players - men and women - to reach the second round from the 32 who started the main draws, the lowest number of Americans through to the second round in Melbourne since seven in 2011.

The 2016 Australian Open victor routed Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3, meaning Kerber will be the only Grand Slam champion in the fourth round of the women's draw. She lost to Sevastova at the U.S. Open last September in her return to Grand Slam tennis.

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