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    "title": "Rafa survives test, Kyrgios ousted",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/1\/Rafael-Nadal-180121-Celebrates-G-300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>\r\nRafael Nadal battled through a huge test to make his 10th Australian Open quarterfinal on Sunday as Grigor Dimitrov ousted Nick Kyrgios to join him and Caroline Wozniacki kicked into top gear. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nOn an overcast and muggy day at Melbourne Park, the Spanish world No 1 was up against his most dangerous opponent yet in pocket-rocket Diego Schwartzman, one of the smallest men on tour.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe Argentine 24th seed endeared with his astonishingly powerful groundstrokes before Nadal prevailed 6-3, 6-7 (4\/7), 6-3, 6-3 in almost four hours on Rod Laver Arena.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nIt kept alive his push for a 17th Grand Slam title and also ensured he will remain No 1 when the new rankings come out after the tournament.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"It was a great battle,\" said Nadal, who is chasing his second Melbourne title after beating Roger Federer in the 2009 final.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"Of course, I feel little bit tired, but I was able to keep fighting until the end.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nHe will play sixth seed Marin Cilic for a place in the semifinals after the Croat beat Spanish 10th seed Pablo Correna Busta 6-7 (2\/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7\/0), 7-6 (7\/3).<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe win was Cilic's 100th at a Grand Slam.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"I have played great tennis from the first round against tough opponents and now I am really looking to the next match, it will be definitely be a big challenge,\" he said of the Nadal clash.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nOrdinarily Nadal, as the top seed, would have top billing on Rod Laver in the evening, but not with local star Kyrgios in action.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe maturing Australian 22-year-old pushed world No 3 Dimitrov close in a hugely entertaining four setter before succumbing 7-6 (7\/3), 7-6 (7\/4), 4-6, 7-6 (7\/4).<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"Playing Nick is always tricky,\" said the Bulgarian, as he targets bettering the semifinals he made last year.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"It was one of those matches you had to take any opportunity that you got.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nHis reward is a showdown with Briton Kyle Edmund, who reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-7 (4\/7), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 win over Italy's Andreas Seppi.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<div class=\"video-player\"><video class=\"video-js\" id=\"altContent1\"><\/video><\/div><br\/>\r\n<p>\r\n<strong>PLAY AGGRESSIVE<\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nWorld No 2 Wozniacki turned on the style in her match to take another step towards a maiden Grand Slam title.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe assured Wozniacki, a semifinalist in 2011 who has never quite lived up to the hype in the majors, annihilated 19th-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-0 in her most impressive performance to date.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"She really mixes up the pace, I just tried to calm down, get my returns in and wait for the opportunities to attack,\" she said after crushing the Slovak, who made the semifinals at Wimbledon last year.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"I think you can tell my confidence is pretty good at the moment.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nHer easy passage sets up a last-eight clash with gritty Spaniard Suarez Navarro, who battled back from a set and 4-1 down to shatter the hopes of 32nd seed Anett Kontaviet.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe Estonian had been bubbling with confidence after despatching French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the third round, but nerves got the better of her.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe Spaniard, who has made the quarterfinals in Melbourne twice before, most recently in 2016, credited her fightback with a conscious decision to be more aggressive.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"My team all the time they say (to) me, play aggressive, play aggressive. That's I think what I did,\" said Suarez Navarro, one of the few who still uses a one-handed backhand.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nLooking ahead to Wozniacki, she added: \"I know how she plays. I know how tough she is. It will be a really interesting match.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe 37th-ranked Elise Mertens also made the last eight, becoming the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to get so far in Australia.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nShe posted a straight-sets win over Croat Petra Martic and will now play fourth seed Elina Svitolina who swept past Czech qualifier Denisa Allertova in two easy sets<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Rafael Nadal battled through a huge test to make his 10th Australian Open quarterfinal on Sunday as Grigor Dimitrov ousted Nick Kyrgios to join him and Caroline Wozniacki kicked into top gear.",
    "date": "2018-01-22T07:32:44",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "AFP",
    "img_credit": "Rafael Nadal \u00a9 Gallo Images",
    "category": "Australian Open",
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