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.
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Unseeded 15-year-old Coco Gauff said she was in disbelief after beating reigning champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets in a major upset at the Australian Open on Friday.
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Unheralded Karolina Muchova saved a match point as she stunned world number two Aryna Sabalenka to reach the French Open final on Thursday, while Iga Swiatek hopes to stay on course for a third Roland Garros title.
India eventually dismissed Australia for 469 after lunch, fast bowler Siraj leading the way with 4-108. Smith had batted in relatively sedate fashion to reach 95 not out off 227 balls overnight while Head blazed his way to an unbeaten 146 off just 156 balls.