Australian Open Day 5 recap: Sharapova, Federer reach milestones
Catch up on all of the action, news and results from Day 5 at the 2016 Australian Open on Friday that you may have missed while you were sleeping.
Sharapova earns 600th career victory
No. 5-seed Maria Sharapova beat Lauren Davis 6–1, 6–7, 6–0 for her 600th win over her career on Friday, hitting 44 winners to 42 unforced to Davis’ 13 winners and 35 unforced errors.
“I think it's a proud number,” Sharapova said of her milestone after the match. “I've played for many years. I don't think about those numbers until I finish the match and someone does mention it. I think it's a good fact that I've been able to win that many matches.”
After Sharapova raced out to take the first set in 26 minutes, Davis fought back to take the 77-minute second set. While waiting for his match against Grigor Dimitrov to start, Roger Federer was watching the match. Here’s his reaction after an outstanding 27-stroke rally between Sharapova and Davis:
Davis also needed some energy after the rally, so she reached for her Trader Joe’s almond butter in between sets:
Sharapova will next play Belinda Bencic, who beat Kateryna Bondarenko 4–6, 6–2, 6–4 in the first match of the day on Friday.
Federer reaches major milestone
No. 3-seed Federer defeated No. 27-seed Grigor Dimitrov 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 6–4 in the third round on Friday, marking his 300th Grand Slam match win of his career. He is the first man to reach the milestone—only Martina Navratilova (306) has more.
Federer will next play David Goffin, who defeated Dominic Thiem 6–1, 3–6, 7–6, 7–5 to become the first Belgian man to reach the Round of 16 at the Australian Open since 2005.
Despite the loss, Thiem was praised for his sportsmanship in the second set. Watch:
No. 1s Serena and Djokovic win in straights
Serena Williams needed just 45 minutes to dispatch 18-year-old Daria Kasatkina, winning 6–1, 6–1. She was 80% on her first serves and hit 27 winners and eight unforced errors on the match.
Novak Djokovic advanced to the fourth round in Melbourne for the 10th straight year, saving two set points in the third and then closing the match out 6–1, 7–5, 7–6(6) against Andreas Seppi.
Gavrilova upsets Mladenovic to make first Round of 16
Hisense Arena was full of Aussie pride on Friday night after energetic Aussie Daria Gavrilova followed up her takedown of No. 6-seed Petra Kvitova with another upset, defeating No. 28-seed Kristina Mladenovic 6–4, 4–6, 11–9. Gavrilova is into her first Australian Open Round of 16 and is the first Aussie woman into fourth round in Melbourne since Casey Dellacqua in 2014.
"I've got nothing in my head. I'm just really excited and I want to hug the whole stadium," Gavrilova said in her on-court interview after the match.
More notable results: Berdych d. Kyrgios 6–3, 6–4, 1–6, 6–4; Tsonga d. 6–4, 7–6, 7–6; Nishikori d. Garcia-Lopez 7–5, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4; Friedsam d. Vinci 0–6, 6–4, 6–4; Radwanska d. Puig 6–4, 6–0; Simon d. Delbonis 6–3, 6–2, 6–1; Gasparyan d. Putintseva 6–3, 6–4; Carla Suarez Navarro d. Elizaveta Kulichkova 6–4, 2–0, retired;
Snapshots from Day 5