Monday’s weather: Mostly cloudy, high of 72 degrees.
• Dolgopolov upsets Soderling. So much for the top eight men’s seeds getting through to the quarterfinals. No. 4 Robin Soderling is headed home after surprising 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 loss to 22-year-old Alexander Dolgopolov of the Ukraine. Virtually unknown entering the tournament, Dolgopolov hit 50 winners to hand Soderling his first loss of 2011.
• Nadal, Murray win easily. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal cruised in straight sets past Marin Cilic, while No. 5 Andy Murray won 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 over 11th-seeded Jurgen Melzer. (Watch Nadal’s on-court interview with Jim Courier.)
• Clijsters, Zvonareva stay alive. No. 2 Vera Zvonareva and No. 3 Kim Clijsters won in straight sets to move into the quarterfinals, along with trendy dark-horse pick Petra Kvitova and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska (who saved two match points against Shuai Peng).
• Canadian qualifier Raonic falls. The clock struck midnight for little-known, big-serving Milos Raonic, whose dream run ended with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 loss to No. 7 David Ferrer.
The Independent‘s Alexandra Willis looks back at Sunday’s instant classic between Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova … Would the U.S. Open leave New York? … A family member of French star Aravane Rezai has been suspended from the tour as police investigate a “serious safety matter” (Radio Monte-Carlo reports Rezai’s father “disowned” and physically attacked her last week) … Ekaterina Makarova was told to change outfits before Monday’s match with Clijsters because the sponsor logo on her shirt was too large … Ivo Karlovic had a moment of deja vu while watching The Pursuit of Happyness … Andrea Petkovic walks on water … Murray-mania approaches overdrive back home.
Photo of the Day
Robin Soderling serves to Alexandr Dolgopolov as a bird flies near during their fourth-round match (from SI.com’s Best Shots from Day 8 at the Australian Open).
68 … Number of unforced errors committed by Milos Raonic in Monday’s loss to David Ferrer.
22 … Number of games lost by Andy Murray through four rounds in Melbourne.
25 … Consecutive matches won at Grand Slam tournaments by Rafael Nadal, whose last defeat at a major came in last year’s Australian Open quarterfinals against Murray.
A sign of things to come? Both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer practiced back-to-back Monday on Court 16, including a stretch when both players were on court together.
What’s Happening Today
The quarterfinals get under way Tuesday at Melbourne Park. Tennis Channel’s live coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 picking it up from 9 p.m. through 8 a.m. (Clip and save the complete TV schedule.)
All four singles matches — two men’s and two women’s quarterfinals — take place at Rod Laver Arena. The order of play is:
• No. 30 Andrea Petkovic vs. No. 9 Li Na (7 p.m. ET, Tennis Channel)
• No. 19 Stan Wawrinka vs. No. 2 Roger Federer (not before 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
• No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki vs. No. 6 Francesca Schiavone (after second match, ESPN2)
• No. 6 Tomas Berdych vs. No. 3 Novak Djokovic (3:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2)
The complete order of play for Day 9 can be found here.
They Said It
“My mum and dad were pretty lenient with that stuff. Probably why my language is so bad on the court (smiling).”
–Andy Murray, on his childhood affinity for bawdy Scottish comic Billy Connolly, who attended Monday’s day session