Australian Open: Rafael Nadal battles through gritty Diego Schwartzman to reach quarterfinal

Marin Cilic advances the quarterfinals of Australian Open

Australian Open 2018 results and bracket: Rafael Nadal, Caroline Wozniacki advance to quarterfinals

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a pesky Diego Schwartzman to beat the Argentinian 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 and advance to the Australian Open men's quarterfinals.

Schwartzman won the breaker 7-4 to claim the set 7-6 and get the match all square at a set each. Seppi has been playing very well, but so was I. through to my first quarter-final, I'm really happy.

"Playing Jo, I was obviously very nervous, he was a guy I looked up to as a kid, still do", said Kyrgios, per the AP.

There were six service breaks as Nadal could not shake off the tigerish Argentine, who levelled the match by winning the tiebreaker when the top seed's forehand was long.

Carreno Busta showed heart to rally from a break down in the fourth set and push the match into a third tiebreak but was quickly overwhelmed by Cilic's firepower as the Croatian brought up four match points in a hurry.

Three times during the second set Nadal was a break up, but on each occasion the 24th seed hit back to force a tie-break, which he subsequently took to ensure the 2009 champion would have to dig deep. However, even if he retains his title the 36-year-old Swiss can not replace Nadal at the top of the rankings.

Nadal dropped his first set of the tournament before regrouping to move into the last eight with a 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3 victory in three hours and 51 minutes.

Mertens will play fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina who beat qualifier Denisa Allertova 6-3, 6-0.

"A match like this probably helps because it builds confidence in knowing that I can resist nearly four hours on court playing at a good intensity". I started to win some free points again with the serve, because for a set and a half nearly I didn't win a free point with my serve. "Let's see how far I can go".

White House Physician: Trump's 'Overall Health Is Excellent'
Do you have good words? Trump's body mass index , or BMI, of 29.9 puts him in the category of being overweight for his height. Jackson gave details on Tuesday following Trump's test at the Walter Reed military hospital.

In a tight match tussle, Dimitrov edged Kyrgios in an opening tirade.

Also into the last eight is world No 3 and ATP Finals victor Grigor Dimitrov who beat home favourite Nick Kyrgios in four sets.

Since enjoying a memorable run to the semi-finals of the US Open previous year, Carreno Busta has experienced a dip in form and fortunes.

"He got off to a good start", Edmund said.

Cilic has the ability to give his opponents no real say in the match. His game has evolved and as Nadal said, he has the ability to dictate terms from the baseline.

"But then after that it was just impossible. everything kind of slipped away from me". "People think I'm cool, but I wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever", he said.

And the Bulgarian delivered in a testing 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Russian rising star Andrey Rublev as temperatures touched 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

"I need to go inside the court, go to the net and try to finish the points there because, when I make that well, my game improves a lot".

Latest News