Sunday’s weather: Mostly sunny and high of 84.
• The best women’s match of the tournament. Sixth-seeded Francesca Schiavone saved no less than six match points in a 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 victory over No. 23 Svetlana Kuznetsova that spanned 4 hours, 44 minutes, making it the longest women’s match in Grand Slam history. The result will propel the 30-year-old Schiavone to no worse than No. 4 in next week’s rankings.
• Last American eliminated. Andy Roddick’s 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 loss to Stan Wawrinka leaves the United States with no men or women in the quarterfinals here since the draws were expanded to 128 in 1987.
• Federer wins but not without turbulence. The second-seeded Swiss racked up 40 unforced errors in his 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Tommy Robredo, but ended up coasting to the finish line. (Watch the highlights here.)
• Djokovic, Berdych to meet in juicy quarterfinal. Third-seeded Novak Djokovic rolled to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Nicolas Almagro, setting up an attractive quarterfinal matchup against No. 6 Tomas Berdych, who dispensed of Fernando Verdasco in straight sets. Both Djokovic and Berdych have played exceptionally thus far, making Tuesday’s showdown for a semifinal berth a must-see affair.
• Sharapova beaten. 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova is headed home after a straight-sets loss to Andrea Petkovic.
• Wozniacki wins, tells kangaroo yarn. Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki lied about being attacked by a kangaroo and held a second press conference to apologize about it.
Even if you don’t understand a word of Dutch, you’ll get a kick out of this headline … The local take on Milos Raonic, the first Canadian in the fourth round at a major since Daniel Nestor at Wimbledon in 1999 … American teenager Lauren Davis speaks with Australian Open TV after comfortably beating Ashleigh Barty in the junior girls’ first round … Rafael Nadal’s road to a fourth straight major title isn’t getting any easier.
Photo of the Day
An aerial view of the Wozniacki-Sevastova match using a variable planed lens (from SI.com’s Best Shots from Day 7 at the Australian Open).
180 … Length in minutes of Saturday’s third set between Schiavone and Kuznetsova.
27 … Consecutive quarterfinal appearance made by Roger Federer after Saturday’s fourth-round win over Tommy Robredo, tying Jimmy Connors’ all-time record.
8 … Number of sets played by Caroline Wozniacki since the top-seeded Dane last faced a break point.
Highlights from the epic Schiavone-Sveta third set.
What’s Happening Today
The Round of 16 wraps up Monday at Melbourne Park. ESPN2′s live coverage runs from 7 p.m. ET through 8 a.m. (Clip and save the complete TV schedule.)
The night matches on Laver are No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 15 Marin Cilic and No. 3 Kim Clijsters vs. Ekaterina Makarova, with No. 4 Robin Soderling vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov and No. 5 Andy Murray vs. No. 11 Jurgen Melzer earlier in the day.
The order of play on Hisense is No. 22 Flavia Pennetta vs. No. 25 Petra Kvitova; No. 2 Vera Zvonareva vs. Iveta Benesova; and No. 7 David Ferrer vs. Milos Raonic.
The complete order of play for Day 7 can be found here.
They Said It
“When you have one dollar, you want to have two dollar and then three dollar and then blah, blah. So this is the sport. Always can happen everything.”
–Francesca Schiavone, on how she’s managed to keep improving after last year’s unlikely French Open title