Novak Djokovic hits a return against Milos Raonic during their men's singles match in Melbourne on Sunday. AFP
Eight-time winner Novak Djokovic fought through what he had described as a tournament-ending injury to beat Milos Raonic and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday.
Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams survived scares to go through but US Open champion Dominic Thiem was a major casualty when he fell to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.
Simona Halep avenged her crushing French Open defeat by Polish teenager Iga Swiatek to set up a meeting with Williams, while Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei reached her first Slam quarter-final at the age of 35.
Novak Djokovic during his fourth round match against Milos Raonic. Reuters
Djokovic, the world number one, had raised the alarm over an abdominal injury after his five-set battle with Taylor Fritz, but he showed few outward signs in his 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win.
However, the 17-time Grand Slam winner said he had spent "every single hour" since Friday's win trying to recover, and wasn't sure he would play until he warmed up before the match.
"If it was any other tournament than a Grand Slam I would retire from the tournament, that's for sure," said Djokovic, who becomes just the second player after Roger Federer to win 300 Grand Slam matches. "But because it's a Grand Slam, I want to give my best alongside my team to try to recover and get on the court."
The defending champion will next meet German sixth seed Alexander Zverev, who beat Serbia's Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 as he seeks his first Grand Slam title.
Earlier, Japan's Osaka edged a thriller with fellow major-winner Garbine Muguruza, and Williams came through a physical test against Aryna Sabalenka to maintain her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
Eight-time champion Novak Djokovic was made to toil before he could advance at the Australian Open on Wednesday as Serena Williams made serene progress in her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
Naomi Osaka has won 19 consecutive matches but none of those wins came against Serena Williams. Three-time major champion Osaka will meet 23-time Grand Slam singles title winner Williams in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday.
Veterans Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will hold the fortress against the younger generation of the players as the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the new decade,
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashid Al Mulla looked unbeatable as he launched his bid for a fourth consecutive world aquabikes title at the Regione Sardegna Grand Prix of Italy.
Title sponsor Dubai Duty Free supported five of the eight races on the programme, with prize money totalling £ 276,500, including the day’s feature, the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes, named in honour of the locally trained 1971 Epsom Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero.
Organiser, Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), and race title sponsor, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), have announced the race routes, prize purse and official T-shirt design for the third edition of the Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon, set to take place on Nov.26.
Second half substitute Mehdi Gheyadi scored a brace in an enthralling 4-3 win for Shabab Al Ahli against visiting Sharjah in the closing game of Adnoc Pro League fourth round entitled ‘projects of the 50’, on Saturday.