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Djokovic eases into fourth round, Venus struggles

By Ajay Tyagi    + Follow

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Keywords: Australian Open | Novak-Djokovic |Nikolay-Davydenko |Fernando-Verdasco |Na-Li |Casey-Dellacqua |Venus-Williams
Both Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams reached the pre-quarterfinals with contrasting wins over their respective opponents.

Third seed and 2008 champion Novak Djokovic looked in astonishing form today when he beat Uzbek Denis Istomin in straight sets with a loss of just four games. Djokovic broke Istomin several times in the match and completed the 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 victory in almost 90 minutes of play.

In another swashbuckling performance, Russian Nikolay Davydenko fired past Argentine Juan Monaco 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 to set up a pre-quarterfinal clash with Fernando Verdasco, last year's semifinalist, who comfortably moved ahead in the draw when his opponent Stefan Koubek retired from the match after losing the opening set 6-1. Davydenko is in impressive form and has beaten both Federer and Nadal in all his previous meetings with them.

"Really, it's difficult to say why it's happening. Maybe it's good. I was feeling today was much better my concentration in a match. And beginning start already. I fighting for every point, and that's what maybe it was 6 Love in the first set and 3 Love. Because like say I didn't make it any mistake, you know, like say nine games," said Davydenko about his phenomenal form.

In the women's draw, sixth seed and former finalist Venus Williams struggled past Australian Casey Dellacqua to reach the fourth round.

Re-visit the tense moments of the Williams-Dellacqua match, click here.

Venus opened the match well and pocketed a break in the fourth and sixth game to close it by 6 games to 1. The second set though brought a lot of resistance from the Australian star who gallantly held serves till Venus managed a break in the fifth game.

Dellacqua bounced back into the match and took full advantage of Williams' unforced errors to level the set at 4-4. As the set went into a tie-break, Williams took the matters in her own hands and completed the 6-1, 7-6(4) victory.

In another exciting match from the day, Chinese star Na Li recorded a three set win over Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova in a tussle that lasted well over two hours in play and ended with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 scoreline.

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