Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams underlined their status as title favorites by cruising into the fourth round of tennis’s Australian Open with straight-set victories. Li Na and David Ferrer also advanced in Melbourne as yesterday’s temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) for the fourth consecutive day.
Andy Murray’s patience was tested as he beat Croatia’s Marin Cilic in three sets over two days at Wimbledon to advance to the quarterfinals. Four-time women’s champion Serena Williams defeated title-holder Petra Kvitova.
A year after telling the Wimbledon crowd he was “getting closer” to his first Grand Slam tennis championship, Andy Murray may benefit from a draw that allows him to avoid either titleholder Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.
Serena Williams overcame another mishap to join top-seeded Victoria Azarenka in the third round of the Australian Open on the hottest day so far at the Grand Slam tennis tournament. Roger Federer and Andy Murray also won in straight sets.
Defending champion Roger Federer and two-time winner Rafael Nadal may meet in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, with the winner then needing to get past Andy Murray and top seed Novak Djokovic for the grass-court tennis title.