Australian Open 2020: Sunday Results, Highlights, Scores Recap from Melbourne

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2020

Serbia's Novak Djokovic hits a return against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman during their men's singles match on day seven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2020. (Photo by DAVID GRAY / AFP) / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)
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Novak Djokovic's serene progress at the 2020 Australian Open continued on Sunday, overcoming Diego Schwartzman in straight sets in the fourth round.

The defending champion was never in danger against the 14th seed and was able to lift his levels at crucial points to win 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Roger Federer joined his rival in the quarter-finals later in the day, when he recovered from a set down to beat Marton Fucsovics.

In the women's draw, the 15-year-old Coco Gauff was eliminated by her compatriot Sofia Kenin in an absorbing clash. Top seed Ashleigh Barty also progressed, as she battled past Alison Riske in three sets.

Here is a recap of Sunday's results from Melbourne and a look at some of the highlights from the day's play.

            

Australian Open - Sunday Results

Men's Draw

(2) Novak Djokovic bt. (14) Diego Schwartzman: 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

(3) Roger Federer bt. Marton Fucsovics: 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

(32) Milos Raonic bt. Marin Cilic: 6-4, 6-3, 7-5

Tennys Sandgren bt. (12) Fabio Fognini: 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-4

  

Women's Draw

(1) Ashleigh Barty bt. (18) Alison Riske: 6-3, 1-6, 6-4

(7) Petra Kvitova bt. Maria Sakkari: 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2

(14) Sofia Kenin bt. Coco Gauff: 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-0

Ons Jabeur bt. (27) Wang Qiang: 7-6 (4), 6-1

              

Sunday Recap

After a sloppy start to the tournament from Djokovic in his first-round match, he has found his groove in subsequent outings.

Schwartzman's dynamic play can always cause problems for opponents, although the champion was able to negate what his opponent had to offer pretty quickly and consistently found a way of getting into points.

While the No. 2 seed did drop one game on serve, in the main he was rock-solid with the ball in hand. In the third set, the Serb produced this brilliant improvised backhand:

Next up for him is Milos Raonic, who overcame Marin Cilic on Sunday. The Canadian was quizzed on the Djokovic-Federer rivalry following his win but didn't appear too keen to get involved in the debate:

Federer was eventually able to follow Djokovic into the quarters, although it took him some time to get going against Fucsovics.

The Swiss was involved in a five-set epic in the previous round against John Millman and he appeared jaded in the opening stanza. However, once Federer settled into his groove, he was able to settle into his game with trademark grace.

Afterwards, Federer said he's been feeling the effects of the match with Millman in the subsequent days:

In the women's draw, Gauff's impressive run in Melbourne came to an end at the hands of compatriot Kenin.

After stunning Naomi Osaka in the previous round, Gauff carried that form into this encounter, winning the opening set. However, there were signs of nerves and tiredness in the remainder of the match, which Kenin capitalised on to great effect.

Per WTA Insider, she said she's already had a chat with her next opponent, Ons Jabeur, about their quarter-final:

Following her loss in the final at this event a year ago, Petra Kvitova appears to be in determined mood. The Czech had to dig deep against Maria Sakkari, coming from a set down to prevail.

She will play Barty in the quarter-finals for the second consecutive year. The Australian was defeated at that stage in 2019, but appeared to be in determined mood on Sunday, when she scrapped to victory against a determined Riske.

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