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Australian Open 2016 Results: Winners, Scores, Stats from Sunday Singles Bracket

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2016

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating David Goffin of Belgium in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, early Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Despite some close calls from the world's best, Sunday's action at the 2016 Australian Open was a rather standard affair.

Each of the eight higher seeds in action won their matches in the fourth round, continuing a chalk-heavy trend on the men's side and perhaps righting the ship on the women's. While a series of favorites winning seems boring on paper, the action in Melbourne was anything but.

2016 Australian Open: Men's Results
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(1) Novak Djokovic66646
(14) Gilles Simon37463
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(24) Roberto Bautista Agut64363
(6) Tomas Berdych46616
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(3) Roger Federer666
(15) David Goffin214
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(9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga424
(7) Kei Nishikori666
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2016 Australian Open: Women's Results
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(12) Belinda Bencic55
(5) Maria Sharapova77
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(1) Serena Williams66
Margarita Gasparyan21
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(10) Carla Suarez Navarro066
Daria Gavrilova632
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(4) Agnieszka Radwanska667
Anna-Lena Friedsam715
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Top-seeded Novak Djokovic nearly began his 2016 season with a disappointing ouster, as he needed five sets to take down Gilles Simon. Djokovic committed an almost unprecedented 100 unforced errors in the match, which took more than four-and-a-half hours to complete. 

“Actually it gives me great joy to know that I can’t get worse than that, than what I played today,” Djokovic said, per Christopher Clarey of the New York Times. “It doesn’t concern me for the next one.”

The match was one of Djokovic's worst in recent memory. He won only six of 25 break points, struggled to keep his first serve in and consistently gave Simon chances to steal the match. On the plus side, Simon couldn't take advantage. The Frenchman converted on only four of his 18 break opportunities, had more than double the amount of unforced errors (68) as winners (32) and won 36 percent of his second-serve points.

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"Playing against a player like Gilles you can expect a lot of rallies," Djokovic said, per BBC. "He is always making you play an extra shot. I made a lot of unforced errors today but he was fighting, he was playing well, physically it was very demanding and I'm just happy to get through this one."

Djokovic will move on to play Kei Nishikori, who was victorious in straight sets over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Sunday. Nishikori charged the net to win 15 points and was nearly as efficient on his second serve as his first. This will be the 26-year-old's second straight Australian Open quarterfinal and third overall. He previously lost to Stan Wawrinka (2015) and Andy Murray (2012).

Tomas Berdych and Roger Federer will fill the remainder of the bracket's top half. Berdych may be struggling for energy after his five-set thriller with Roberto Bautista Agut. He came from behind after dropping the first set to take the next two before Bautista Agut forced a deciding set. Overall, Berdych won on the back of his 18 aces, 34 net-point wins and a strong first-serve command.

Federer had a far easier time with David Goffin, with only one of the three sets lasting longer than a half-hour. The third-seeded Swiss won 86 percent of his first serves, hit seven aces and nearly had double the amount of winners (39) as unforced errors (20). He also won on 47 percent of his return points and 19 of his 22 attempts at the net.

"I was surprised it went as fast as it did," Federer said, per ABC Online. "It was important to keep the momentum going, keep staying aggressive and, you know, trying to get the match done in three. I was able to do that."

Pam Shriver of ESPN commented on Federer's greatness:

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On the women's side, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova went over in straight sets, while Agnieszka Radwanska and Carla Suarez Navarro were forced to the brink. Williams needed only 55 minutes to take down Margarita Gasparyan in a 6-2, 6-1 romp. The world No. 1 didn't even serve all that well, with 43 percent of her first attempts landing out. With 19 winners compared to 15 unforced errors, Williams' dominance was as much of a product of Gasparyan crumbling as her own play.

Gasparyan double-faulted four times, won three second-serve points the entire match and had more unforced errors (14) than winners (9).

Maria Sharapova
Maria SharapovaRafiq Maqbool/Associated Press/Associated Press

The win sets up a quarterfinal matchup with Sharapova, who took more time to finish her first set against Belinda Bencic than Williams did her entire match. Both sets of the 7-5, 7-5 victory went more than an hour, as Sharapova had 46 unforced errors in an inconsistent performance. At times dominant, Sharapova had 21 aces and 58 winners while holding Bencic to just 10 winners. Other times, Sharapova was at a loss, double-faulting seven times and failing to convert on 12 of her 16 break points.

It'll now be up to Sharapova to defeat Williams for the first time since 2004. 

"It's not like I think about, 'What can I do worse?'" Sharapova said, per the Associated Press (via Tennis.com). "I got myself into the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam. There is no reason I shouldn't be looking to improve and to getting my game in a better position than any previous round. It's only going to be tougher, especially against Serena."

Radwanska and Suarez Navarro will face one another after a pair of three-set matchups. Radwanska dropped the first set to Anna-Lena Friedsam before coming back for a 6-7 (6), 6-1, 7-5 triumph. Friedsam made 61 unforced errors in a match she otherwise dictated and arguably should have won.

Suarez Navarro looked lost in putting up a goose egg in the first set against Daria Gavrilova before coming back for a 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 win. This will be Suarez Navarro's second Aussie quarterfinal, the first coming all the way back in 2009.

Of the four quarterfinal matchups set Sunday, none will have a higher place on the marquee than Williams-Sharapova. As it stands, though, it appears the year's first major will wind up going to a favorite rather than a surprise contender.

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