Highlights from day five at the Australian Open tennis championships on Friday (all times GMT):
1305 FEDERER UNFAZED BY RANKINGS GAP BEFORE NISHIKORI TEST
“It doesn’t matter. I still have to play Kei (Nishikori). If he’s the favourite, I’m the favourite, I don’t know… But then again, it’s a new season,” said Switzerland’s Roger Federer, who is 17th in the world rankings and faces fifth seed Nishikori in the next round.
1230 MUGURUZA INTO FOURTH ROUND AFTER DOWNING SEVASTOVA
Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, the women’s seventh seed, beats Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 6-4 6-2 to set up a last-16 clash with Romania’s Sorana Cirstea.
1225 NISHIKORI KEEN TO TEST METTLE AGAINST IN-FORM FEDERER
“It’s always great to play Roger. It’s big challenge for me. I’m just happy to play him because I think we needed him on the tour. Happy to see him back a 100 percent.”
Fired-up Serena ready to raise the roof against Gibbs
Give Djokovic a break, Murray tells Serb’s critics
Vintage Federer hammers Berdych to reach fourth round
Life is beautiful, Venus says, brushing off commentator row
British battler Evans downs local Tomic to reach last 16
Wawrinka overcomes Troicki to move into fourth round
Murray avoids Djokovic fate to reach fourth round
Kerber finds her rhythm to race into round four
Lucky I answered Martina’s call: Vandeweghe
Vandeweghe rallies in decider to beat Bouchard
Cibulkova broadens her mind on journey to top
1210 FEDERER MAKES SHORT WORK OF BERDYCH
Roger Federer eases past 10th seed Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 6-4 and into the last 16, where he he will face Japan’s Kei Nishikori.
1150 EVANS SETS HIS SIGHTS ON TSONGA
“It was a goal to make the fourth round of a slam this year… but I’m not looking back yet. Whatever happens it’s been a great tournament. But there’s still some tennis to be played,” said Britain’s Dan Evans, who beat Bernard Tomic and will play France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round.
1110 TOMIC IN PHILOSOPHICAL MOOD AFTER DEFEAT
“If a guy beats me like this, then too good. You can’t be upset with yourself…. I was really satisfied with what I was doing. He just seemed to do the big points better… If you’re beating me like that, then too good,” said the Australian after his third-round defeat by Britain’s Dan Evans.
1107 NISHIKORI BLASTS PAST LACKO IN STRAIGHT SETS
Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the men’s fifth seed, beats Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko 6-4 6-4 6-4 to set up a fourth-round clash with either Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych.
1030 BARTHEL OUSTS BARTY TO PROGRESS
Germany’s Mona Barthel beats Australian Ashleigh Barty 6-4 3-6 6-3 and sets up a fourth round clash against American 13th seed Venus Williams.
1015 STRATEGIC THINKING BEHIND SUCCESSFUL CHALLENGES: VENUS
“I believe the challenge system is strategic: you should use it when you need it. I need every point. But if I don’t necessarily need the point, save it for a time when you need it,” Venus Williams said after her win over China’s Duan Ying-Ying.
“If I feel like the ball is in, I’ve hit a million balls, I know what it feels like when it’s in, so that’s when I go for the challenge.”
0955 EVANS BEATS TOMIC TO SET UP FOURTH ROUND TSONGA CLASH
Britain’s Dan Evans continued his fairytale run by beating Australian 27th seed Bernard Tomic 7-5 7-6(2) 7-6(3) in two hours and 48 minutes to set up a fourth round tie with French 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
0859 MURRAY DEFENDS DJOKOVIC’S LOSS OF FORM
“(He is) struggling by the highest standards. But compared with most players, it’s not been that bad really. Obviously I think for him the early loss at Wimbledon and here would be disappointing,” Andy Murray said after his win over Sam Querrey.
“It’s just not been as consistent as what it was the three years before. But how anyone is expected to keep up that level for their whole career, it’s just unreasonable to expect that of anyone.
“There’s been, yeah, a couple of surprising results, for sure. But on the whole, it’s not been that bad.”
0845 CAN’T LOOK TOO FAR AHEAD, SAYS WAWRINKA
“Tough match. Tough to say anything if you’re not part of the team and you don’t know what’s happening inside. You can always say something that you think from outside,” Stan Wawrinka said after his win over Viktor Troicki.
“(Denis) Istomin was playing really, really well… Tennis is always difficult. There’s always difficult players every matches. That’s why we always focus match by match and not thinking too much of the draw.”