Diego Schwartzman beaten by Rafael Nadal at Australian Open

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                              Take a look at the second set stats. Still more winners from Edmund's racquet but the errors have been piling up as well

10:50 Take a look at the second set stats. Still more winners from Edmund's racquet but the errors have been piling up as well

Nadal is now the number one tennis player in the world.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal was a four-set victor over Argentinian Diego Schwartzman to advance to the Australian Open quarter-finals in Melbourne on Sunday.

In all, Nadal saved 15 break points as Schwartzman time and again found a way to trouble the 2017 finalist's serve.

Despite not playing any competitive matches in his Aussie Open preparation, Nadal advanced through three rounds without dropping a set.

The win took the 31-year-old's Australian Open record to 54-11 as he chases his second Melbourne title after beating Federer in the 2009 final.

The Argentine 24th seed endeared with his astonishingly powerful groundstrokes before Nadal prevailed 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3 in almost four hours.

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                              Take a look at the first set stats. Edmund with 15 winners to Dimitrov's seven
10:07 Take a look at the first set stats. Edmund with 15 winners to Dimitrov's seven

The win was Cilic's 100th at a Grand Slam.

Cilic blew one of them by spraying a crosscourt shot wide but made no mistake on the second, hammering a huge first serve down the "T" and picking off the return with a straightforward forehand victor, bringing raucous cheers from the large Croatian contingent in the terraces.

Nadal's experience ultimately told as he booked a last-eight duel with Marin Cilic.

"It was an unbelievable match, a lot of ups and downs", Cilic said in his on-court interview. "I had a lot of chances to win the match and I just came up short". "I hope I'm going to continue and gather three more here".

Elise Mertens extended her winning streak to nine matches with a 7-6 (5), 7-5 victory over Petra Martic, reaching the quarterfinals in her first appearance in the Australian Open women's main draw.

In a match which lasted just under four hours on the Rod Laver Arena, the 24th seed Argentine, provided the world number one with his toughest match of the competition to date. He served the set out to regain the lead.

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Such was Wozniacki's confidence she even produced a between the legs "tweener" during the first set and although it did not win her the point it summed up her mood.

"I started later than usually (knee soreness pre-season), one match like this probably helps because that's confidence for myself, knowing that I can resist nearly four hours on the court, playing at the good intensity, so quarterfinals already, that's great news, I'm very happy for that".

"I've tried a few in practice but usually make a fool out of myself".

Wozniacki next plays Carla Suarez Navarro, who rallied from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.

Nadal battled back in the third set, taking a 4-1 lead before restoring his overall lead with an ace.

Despite firing just four winners and committing nine unforced errors, Nadal managed to win the first set, saving four break points he faced while he seized one of three opportunities. Dimitrov was broken while serving for the match.

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