Frances Tiafoe wins over fans after another Australian Open giantkilling

Tiafoe could hardly contain his excitement

"I have not heard a roar that big, or that sort of reception for a player who's not Australian", he said.

Tiafoe won in four sets, 7-5 7-6 6-7 7-5.

But the No 15 seed held her nerve and prevailed 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to set up a quarter-final clash on Tuesday against Petra Kvitova.

Tiafoe took advantage and ripped a victor on his first set point to create a two-set cushion and then posed in admiration at his own work.

Frances Tiafoe celebrates his victory against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov during their men's singles match on Sunday.

A shell-shocked Berdych finally exerted some pressure on the 17-time Grand Slam champion in the third set, holding set points in the ninth and 11th games.

Rafa Nadal routed Tomas Berdych 6-0 6-1 7-6 (4) in a centre court masterclass to charge into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. "He's playing great", he said of Tiafoe. "I got a lot of them".

Collins, 25, was the more aggressive player throughout and finished with a 29-6 edge in total winners.

Nadal it seems has rediscovered his winning formula after more than a year away from the game with injury, but when Berdych fought back in the third the Spaniard was forced to save a set point that evolved into a heated tie-break, climaxing in an on-court blow up. His mix of creativity and power during matches, along with his LeBron James post-win celebrations have earned him a lot of fans this week at Melbourne Park. A forehand victor on the run gave him the opening on Berdych's opening service game with the Czech knocking a backhand into the net to fall behind.

"It means the world".

But the Czech, who missed five months past year with a back injury, let his frustrating day get the better of him when the serve clock mysteriously packed up during the tiebreak.

However, the first major of the year does show the country has some fast-emerging talents after 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova stunned 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka to storm into the fourth round.

"That's the only positive I can take from the match".



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