Pablo Carreño was prey to the Grand Slam matches, which are disputed to the best of five sets. Winning the first two with great tennis is closer to victory, but still far from it, especially when there is a player like the Japanese Nishikori, a man of ice, impassive in appearance (the procession goes inside) to what is happening on the track. But the triumph of the sixth favorite was controversial. After the comeback of the Japanese, he had a serve with 5-4 to take the match in the last set, but Carreño did a "break". He grabbed the meeting, with pride, with the full and balanced tennis he has shown in Melbourne. The match came to the super «tie break», the new system to decide the matches in this Australian Open to avoid that the duels are extended to infinity, although this round of sixteen lasted five hours. It's like a normal tiebreaker, when you get to 6-6, but you have to win ten points instead of seven. Carreño started firm and took advantage until reaching 8-5, the key moment. The next point was disputed, like so many others, the Spaniard went for a left, they sang it out, Nishikori came and riveted. Carreño asked for Hawk's Eye, but the chair judge understood that it was too late. The repetition showed that the ball was good. They had to have repeated the point, but they gave it to Nishikori. It was a very important moment, because would have given the gijonés four balls to win the match. But the possible 9-5 went to 8-6. Decentralized, did not add anything more Spanish, who lost the game (6-7 [8/10], 4-6, 7-6 [7/4], 6-4 and 7-6 [10/8]) and nerves. He greeted his opponent, but not the chair judge, who also shouted as he left. Carreño could not join Nadal and Bautista in the quarterfinals. The surprise of the day was the elimination of Alexander Zverev, fourth favorite, who does not take the measure to the "Grand Slam" tournaments. His executioner was Raonic (6-1, 6-1 and 7-6 [7/5]).
Where there is no Spanish representation is in the female boxafter Czech Karolina Pliskova could with Garbiñe Muguruza (6-3, 6-1) "It was a very good start to the year, first in the Hopman Cup with David Ferrer and then here, where the three victories won me. They have helped a lot, "said the Venezuelan-born tennis player, who had very few options against Pliskova. Pliskova, a born hitter who takes many risks, barely made three unforced errors throughout the match. When you have a day like that, it's very complicated to beat. Muguruza endured only the beginning of the first set. Perhaps the hand of Conchita Martínez, the woman who advised Garbiñe when she conquered Wimbledon in 2017 and who is now in the Pliskova team, may start to be noticed in the Czech. «Karolina has done very well from the beginning. It is clear that Garbiñe could have played better, but Karolina has bothered him with his game, "explained Conchita at Eurosport microphones" But during the week I saw in Garbiñe that face of concentration and that claw that shows that it's okay. I think the year has started well, "he added. Pliskova will now face off against Serena Williams, who could with the first favorite, Halep (6-1, 4-6 and 6-4).