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Australian Open roundup: Nadal, Pegula and Barty all make the quarters

The story of the latest round of action at Melbourne Park.

Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open without dropping a set, comfortably seeing off Fabio Fognini.

He next faces Stefanos Tsitsipas, who received a walkover because of Matteo Berrettini's abdominal injury, while Russian duo Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev will meet for a place in the last four.

Ashleigh Barty's smooth progress through the draw continued with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Shelby Rogers. American Jessica Pegula produced the upset of the day by knocking out fifth seed Elina Svitolina.

Picture of the day

Italy's Fabio Fognini hits a backhand in his defeat by Rafael Nadal
Italy's Fabio Fognini hits a backhand in his defeat by Rafael Nadal (Andy Brownbill/AP)

Stat of the day

Nadal digs a hole

Rafael Nadal put his foot in it in the press room
Rafael Nadal put his foot in it in the press room (Andy Brownbill/AP)

Nadal has barely put a foot wrong on court so far but he had an awkward moment in the press conference room when he let slip that Berrettini had pulled out before it was officially announced, then endearingly tried to salvage the situation.

The second seed said: "I made a step forward today, something that I needed, and I need to make another one for Wednesday against Tsitsipas, I think it's going to be. Is it official? He'll play tonight? OK. I think I heard that Berrettini was a little bit injured but not official at all. Sorry for that. But, yeah, something – well, I messed it up."

Sporting connections

Pegula comes from a sporting family in the sense her parents, Terry and Kim, own a number of teams, including the NFL's Buffalo Bills and NHL side the Buffalo Sabres. The 26-year-old spoke about what she has taken from watching the Bills after reaching the last eight.

"It's definitely something I think I tried to take into my game a little bit, even watching the team getting that grit, that competitive attitude, having that mindset," she said. "I think it's been really cool to watch them and kind of channel that energy into how I've been doing."

Fallen seeds

Women: Elina Svitolina (5), Elise Mertens (18), Donna Vekic (28)
Men: Matteo Berrettini (9), Fabio Fognini (16), Casper Rudd (24)

Who's up next?

Serena Williams' clash with Simona Halep is the standout match as the quarter-finals get under way on Tuesday.

Halep will attempt to repeat her victory from the Wimbledon final two years ago. In the other women's match, title favourite Naomi Osaka takes on first-time quarter-finalist Hsieh Su-wei.

Novak Djokovic faces another test of his injured abdominal muscle when he meets sixth seed Alexander Zverev, with the winner to meet either Grigor Dimitrov or qualifier Aslan Karatsev.

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Wednesday's key events


ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

CYCLING
· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

DIVING
· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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