Today was probably the most exciting day of the 2018 Australian Open so far, with quite a few thrilling contests. To begin with, we saw 6-time champion and #14 seed Novak Djokovic being ousted by 21-year old Hyeon Chung. Chung was unseeded and still managed to beat the champion. IN STRAIGHT SETS!
We were then treated to a good ladies match up where Angelique Kerber lost her first set but came back strong to advance to the quarter finals. Roger Federer and ladies top seed Simona Halep had no issues in progressing to their quarter finals berths as well but it was a tough game for Dominic Thiem, who lost in 5 sets to the unseeded Tennys Sandgren.
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The best game of the night was undoubtedly the one between Karolina Pliskova & Barbora Strycova. The latter won the first set but Pliskova came back strong in what turned out to be a 2.5 hour exhibition of classy tennis. Strycova laboured hard but wasn’t able to overpower Pliskova.
Important results from Day 8:
- M. Keys 6-3, 6-2 C. Garcia
- S. Hsieh 6-4, 5-7, 2-6 A. Kerber
- M. Fucsovics 4-6, 6-7, 2-6 R. Federer
- N. Djokovic 6-7, 5-7, 6-7 H. Chung
- B. Strycova 7-6, 3-6, 2-6 K. Pliskova
- S. Halep 6-3, 6-2 N. Osaka
- Kubot/Melo 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 Ram/Sharan
- D. Thiem 2-6, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 3-6 T. Sandgren
We’ve brought to you the results of all the big games of Day 8 and will continue to do so over the course of the tournament. Tune in tomorrow to see the big match up of Rafael Nadal vs #6 seed Marin Cilic. If you miss the action, you can always tune in to our 2018 Australian Open results blogs. You can find more in our Tennis Scoops section.