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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.

17' Australian Open: Rafael Nadal downs Alexander Zverev in five-set thriller, stroms into fourth round

17' Australian Open: Rafael Nadal downs Alexander Zverev in five-set thriller, stroms into fourth round

Nadal, was staring at defeat after losing the third set in a tiebreaker but showed his trademark fighting qualities to deny the talented 19-year-old.

Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna enter second round of mixed doubles at Australian Open

Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna enter second round of mixed doubles at Australian Open

As Bopanna and Leander Paes exit from Open, Mirza still remains in the contention in the women's doubles partnering Barbora Strycova.

Australian Open: Rohan Bopanna-Gabriela Dabrowski enter 2nd round; beat Michael Venus-Katarina Srebotnik

Australian Open: Rohan Bopanna-Gabriela Dabrowski enter 2nd round; beat Michael Venus-Katarina Srebotnik

Bopanna and Dabrowski have now set up a clash against the Polish- Taiwanese team of Lukasz Kubot and Yung-Jan Chan.

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:  Kei Nishikori ready for big battle against former champion Roger Federer

Australian Open: Kei Nishikori ready for big battle against former champion Roger Federer

Nishikori, in his prime at 27 and gunning for his first major title, has won two of his six matches against Federer.

Australian Open 2017: David Goffin beats Ivo Karlovic in straight sets, advances into fourth round

Australian Open 2017: David Goffin beats Ivo Karlovic in straight sets, advances into fourth round

The 11th-seeded Goffin will now face either Dominic Thiem or Benoit Paire in the last 16.

Australian Open, Day 5: Andy Murray, Roger Federer masterclass wows

Australian Open, Day 5: Andy Murray, Roger Federer masterclass wows

Murray and Federer had both watched from afar on Thursday as Djokovic, the defending champion and six-time winner, suffered a stunning defeat to 117th-ranked Denis Istomin.

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: Sania Mirza advances into 3rd round in women's doubles, Rohan Bopanna knocked out

Australian Open: Sania Mirza advances into 3rd round in women's doubles, Rohan Bopanna knocked out

 the Indo-Czech duo were made to work hard by Stosur and Zhang as they had to save five break points and needed four match points to win the final game

Aus Open'17: Andy Murray beats Sam Querrey in straight sets to reach fourth round of grand slam

Aus Open'17: Andy Murray beats Sam Querrey in straight sets to reach fourth round of grand slam

Seeking his maiden title in Melbourne after five losses in the final, Murray was made to work hard to close out victory in the third set.

Australian Open 2017: World no.1 Angelique Kerber beats Kristyna Pliskova, blasts into  fourth round

Australian Open 2017: World no.1 Angelique Kerber beats Kristyna Pliskova, blasts into fourth round

The 29-year-old German served poorly in the first set but recovered her composure to progress comfortably to a meeting with American Coco Vandeweghe.

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.

Australian Open: Defending champ Novak Djokovic stunned by 117-th ranked Denis Istomin

Australian Open: Defending champ Novak Djokovic stunned by 117-th ranked Denis Istomin

The 30-year-old world number 117 played the match of his life to hand the six-times champion only his second defeat in seven years at Melbourne Park.

Australian Open '17: Leander Paes-Andre Sa knocked out in first round of men's doubles

Australian Open '17: Leander Paes-Andre Sa knocked out in first round of men's doubles

Paes and his partner Martina Hingis will face Australian pair of Destanee Aiava and Marc Polmans on Friday

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: Karolina Pliskova marches into third round after thrashing Anna  Blinkova

Australian Open 2017: Karolina Pliskova marches into third round after thrashing Anna Blinkova

Power server Pliskova gave no ground and raced through the first set in just 25 minutes, with Blinkova winning only 12 points

Roger Federer makes it look so easy on court, it pisses me off: Andre Agassi

Roger Federer makes it look so easy on court, it pisses me off: Andre Agassi

The Olympic gold medallist also said that Federer was arguably the greatest tennis player ever because of what he could do on any surface.

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".