David Goffin through to last eight at the Australian Open

It was one year ago when Raonic got into the semifinals of the 2016 Australian Open and he took a two-sets-to-one lead over Murray.

All things considered, Nadal looks to have an excellent chance of progression, and following a drift in market prices, represents value to make it into Friday's semi-finals.

"Rafa wins, it's 15-17, and the French Open is around the corner, it's back on".

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Monfils' trick shot, as we know, was ultimately in vain, with the 30-year-old denied his second ever Australian Open quarter-final. She had 31 winners, including 14 on her powerful forehand side.

Williams has advanced through the tournament without dropping a set, and isn't ready to stop there. He says the sport is his best friend, "the person" for him, the thing he always counted on. "So I'm happy I was able to solve that", he said. But, today will be different, as for the first time, Monfils is the higher ranked player at No. 6, while Nadal is at No. 9. The last set of the match was truly a bonus as it would have done very little to drain Raonic's energy.

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In the second, having found some rhythm, Nadal went on the offensive, his dominance from the net - winning six of his six approach points, forcing Monfils to draw upon all of his acrobatic abilities.

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Nadal's loss to Raonic in Brisbane was only his second in eight meetings, but he is under no illusions about the scale of the challenge ahead.

"Denis deserves all the credit for an unbelievable tournament, he has been on fire and he was striking the ball so well early in the match", Dimitrov said. "I'd like to be a champion, in particular this year".

"The mentality I walk on court with is: I deserve this".

"I'm feeling confident, much better than I did in the Grand Slams before the US Open". The 35-year-old has now beaten Strycova in three matches at the majors. "I will try my best against him", Monfils was quoted as saying.

"I believe a lot in specifics training".

Were they introduced, or was it happenstance? "Who knows what the scenario is then, but I'll be there as soon as I can after here", he said. "Yeah, that doesn't happen anymore, right?"

With Kerber already out, Williams also has the chance to regain the No. 1 ranking.

The in-form British ninth seed, on a nine-game winning streak, crushed Russian 30th seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-4 in searing heat on Margaret Court Arena.

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Lucic-Baroni added to the sense of this being a tournament for the oldies when she reached her first quarter-final since taking on Steffi Graf at the All England Club before the turn of the millennium.

It is the first time he has reached the last eight of a Grand Slam since Roland Garros in 2015.

The two greats remain on track to reach the decider at Melbourne Park, with the draw opening up following the shock exits of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

Raonic had a 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 13 Roberto Bautista Agut.

Goffin will next play the victor of a later fourth-round match between Grigor Dimitrov and Denis Istomin, who beat Novak Djokovic in the second round. Dimitrov next faces Goffin.

"She's one of the few players still playing I watched growing up".

The 14-time major champion had the support of his partner, Xisca Perello, in his box for the first time at the opening major of the year and luckily for the ninth seed she saw the amusing side when he made a quip about her presence during his on-court interview.

That's something Williams is counting on, too.

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"He's an opponent that (will) make you feel that you're playing with a lot of pressure all the time because his serve is huge and he's playing very aggressive from the baseline", Nadal said.


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