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Andre Rublev in the fourth round of the Australian Open, defeating Dan Evans

FeaturedSports NewsAndre Rublev in the fourth round of the Australian Open, defeating Dan Evans

Fifth seed Andre Rublev defeated Dan Evans 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the third time in four years.

Rublev hit 60 winners, including 10 aces.

“Every match I’m playing better and better,” Robleau said. “At the beginning of the year I lost some close matches against really good players and lost a bit of confidence.”

Robleau, who will play ninth-seeded Holger Rooney or Hugo Humbert in the last 16, also thanked Evans for helping him during the match by handing him a banana.

“I asked for a banana and they didn’t have it,” Robleau said. “Dan asked for bananas first and had two and he only gave me one. He helped me with energy.

Belinda Bencic reached the fourth round for the first time since 2016 when she defeated Camila Giorgi 6-2, 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena.

Bencic was broken while serving for the match at 5-4 but was broken in the following game and then held to love for the win.

“I’m really glad I got a second chance to serve him,” he said. “But overall I think it was a great match. (At 6-5) I just tried to relax. My coach (Dmitri Tursonov) was giving me the relaxation (signal).

Bencic, who next plays either Aryna Sabalenka or Elise Mertens, won a warm-up event in Adelaide ahead of the Australian Open and has won eight matches in a row.

“I think a lot of the credit goes to my coach,” he said. “We started working together at the end of October at the Billie Jean King Cup. We’re changing a few things. . . . I’m out of my comfort zone, so far it’s been working out well.

Former top-ranked Karolina Pliskova also reached the last 16 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Varara Gurcheva. Pliskova, who last made the second week in Melbourne in 2019, did not face a break point.

“My service, that might be a really good weapon,” he said. “I’m not racing past the baseline.”

Pliskova will next face Zhang Shaoui, who defeated American qualifier Katie Valentes 6-3, 6-2.

Donna Vecic advanced to the fourth round for the second time in three years with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Spain’s Noria Prezas Diaz. Vekic will meet either Czech players Markta Vandrosova or Linda Frovertova in the fourth round.

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