Top-seeded Novak Djokovic fought back from a set and 5-2 down to beat Stanislas Wawrinka over five sets in five hours at the Australian Open and advance to his 15th straight tennis Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 17 matches yesterday at the Australian Open, where Maria Sharapova routed Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 to tie the record for fewest games lost in the first three rounds.
Novak Djokovic saved five match points before recovering to beat Andy Murray in the Shanghai Masters tennis final yesterday for his second straight tournament win. Victoria Azarenka also has back-to-back titles.
Venus Williams’s quest for a third U.S. Open title ended with a withdrawal on a day fellow Americans Christina McHale and Irina Falconi had upset wins and Andy Roddick fought through his tournament opener.
U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, aiming for his second gold medal at the London Olympics, qualified second for tonight’s semifinals of the 200-meter freestyle. Uzbek gymnast Luiza Galiulina was suspended for a positive drug test.
French Open champion Li Na became the highest seed to exit Wimbledon in a three-set loss to Sabine Lisicki, while Serena Williams recovered from a set down to reach round three and Roger Federer advanced in straight sets.
Defending champion Kim Clijsters and top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki took contrasting paths into the third round of the Australian Open. No. 8 Mardy Fish became the highest-ranked man to lose at the year’s first Grand Slam event.