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Australian Open: Rafael Nadal enters quarter-finals, Serena Williams eyes record title

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal enters quarter-finals, Serena Williams eyes record title

Nadal, 30, was also pushed to five sets by Alexander Zverev, 19, in round three, but he has survived to reach his first major quarter-final since the 2015 French Open.

Australian Open: Serena Williams grinds down dogged Barbora Strycova to reach quarter-finals

Australian Open: Serena Williams grinds down dogged Barbora Strycova to reach quarter-finals

Williams, bidding to win a record 23rd grand slam title in the professional era, has now notched 10 consecutive quarter-final appearances at the majors, dating back to the 2014 U.S. Open.

Australian Open 2017, Day 6: Ageless Rafael Nadal outlasts future hope, Serena Williams sails into last 16

Australian Open 2017, Day 6: Ageless Rafael Nadal outlasts future hope, Serena Williams sails into last 16

Nadal needed all his trademark grit against Zverev, 19, dubbed "the future of tennis", and his superior fitness told as he ground out a thrilling five set win.

Australian Open'17: Serena Williams beats fellow American Nicole Gibbs; marches into fourth round

Australian Open'17: Serena Williams beats fellow American Nicole Gibbs; marches into fourth round

Willliams, hardly got out of first gear against Gibbs, dictating terms from the opening game against a player ranked 92

Australian Open: Classy Venus Williams beats Chinese DuanYingying, cruises into fourth round

Australian Open: Classy Venus Williams beats Chinese DuanYingying, cruises into fourth round

Seven-time Grand Slam winner will next play either Australian hope Ashleigh Barty or German qualifier Mona Barthel.

Australian Open, Day 4: Novak Djokovic suffers huge shock, Serena Williams in control

Australian Open, Day 4: Novak Djokovic suffers huge shock, Serena Williams in control

With Istomin inspired, the defending champion sent down 72 unforced errors as he lost 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in the second round.

2017 Australian Open: Serena Williams routs Lucie Safarova to reach third round at  Rod Laver Arena

2017 Australian Open: Serena Williams routs Lucie Safarova to reach third round at Rod Laver Arena

Williams, 35, served up a storm, clubbing 15 aces and 35 winners in the 86-minute contest.

Aus Open 2017: Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams look for easy Open rides at Melbourne

Aus Open 2017: Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams look for easy Open rides at Melbourne

The American great, who lost the top ranking to Angelique Kerber last year, has hardly played since the US Open.

Australian Open 2017, Day 3: Andy Murray in a hurry; Nick Kyrgios booed in stormy defeat

Australian Open 2017, Day 3: Andy Murray in a hurry; Nick Kyrgios booed in stormy defeat

Tennis legend John McEnroe said Kyrgios`s lack of effort was a "black eye for the sport".

Australian Open 2017: 'Birthday-Girl' Angelique Kerber advances to third round, beats Carina Witthoeft in a hard-fought battle

Australian Open 2017: 'Birthday-Girl' Angelique Kerber advances to third round, beats Carina Witthoeft in a hard-fought battle

The defending champion, who turned 29, battled through 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2 and will next face either Kristyna Pliskova or Irina-Camelia Begu.

Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams swats all doubts, beats Belinda Bencic to reach second round

Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams swats all doubts, beats Belinda Bencic to reach second round

William is set to play in second round clash against Czech Lucie Safarova.

Australia Open: Angelique Kerber has Serena Williams in sights

Australia Open: Angelique Kerber has Serena Williams in sights

The German left-hander stunned the American powerhouse at Melbourne Park last year, upsetting her in the final and ultimately dethroning her as the top ranked player in the world.

Auckland Classic: Serena Williams knocked out by fellow American Madison Brengle in three sets

Auckland Classic: Serena Williams knocked out by fellow American Madison Brengle in three sets

After blaming rust for her sluggish first-round win over Pauline Parmentier on Tuesday, Williams succumbed to repeated unforced errors against Brengle.

Auckland Classic: Rusty Serena Williams overcomes slow start, cruises to victory against Pauline Parmentier

Auckland Classic: Rusty Serena Williams overcomes slow start, cruises to victory against Pauline Parmentier

Williams, who shares the Open-era record of 22 Grand Slams with Steffi Graf, and is two behind Margaret Court`s all-time record of 24.

Serena Williams announces engagement with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in poetic fashion

Serena Williams announces engagement with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in poetic fashion

Williams, 35, and Ohanian, 33, did not reveal a wedding date in the postings, listed under the Reddit tag `isaidyes`.

IPTL 2016: Mahesh Bhupathi confirms Hyderabad as venue for India leg, finals

IPTL 2016: Mahesh Bhupathi confirms Hyderabad as venue for India leg, finals

Bhupathi said all four IPTL teams would be playing at the Gachibowli stadium on December 9 and 10, followed by the IPTL finals on December 11.

Confession time for Serena Williams on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

Confession time for Serena Williams on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

Serena Williams dodges Ellen DeGeneres when asked about the ‘special person’

Angelique Kerber continues to lead WTA rankings

Angelique Kerber continues to lead WTA rankings

Kerber is followed by Serena Williams of the US in second place while Polish Agnieszka Radwanska and Romania`s Simona Halep occupy the third and fourth places respectively.

Serena Williams pulls out of season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore with injured shoulder

Serena Williams pulls out of season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore with injured shoulder

Williams, who also missed Wuhan Open and China Open and a tournament in Cincinnati this year, added that she will be "off court for the next several weeks".