Australian Open Day 6 Highlights: Simona Halep survives marathon against Lauren Davis

Simona Halep will go up against Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday. Joe Castro  EPA

This win kept Kerber as a major title contender in this edition of the tournament.

A much-hyped match between two former Australian champions was no contest: 2016 victor Angelique Kerber beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena to open the night program.

The 58th-ranked Chung beat a top-five ranked opponent for the first time with his 5-7, 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory in 3hr 22min on Rod Laver Arena.

Back in Melbourne for the first time since testing positive to the banned substance Meldonium two years ago, Sharapova was delighted at only needing two sets to oust Latvian counter-puncher Anastasija Sevastova.

"Angie knew it would be a tough one mentally, but if she plays like that, with aggression, she's just a better player than Maria right now because of her movement", Barbara Rittner, the German Fed Cup captain, said after chatting with Kerber as she warmed down from the match on a stationary bike.

Kerber's year-end ranking dropped from No. 1 in 2016 to 21 previous year, when she failed to defend her Australian or U.S. Open titles.

It was billed as the tussle between the last remaining former Australian Open champions in the draw, both former world No.1s and multiple slam winners, both mounting comebacks after an annus horribilis in 2017.

Thiem has now reached the round of 16 or better at each of his last six Grand Slam tournaments.

"I always eat Chinese food match day before".

Their encounter equalled the Open's record for most games played in a women's match - and also saw some impromptu courtside surgery when the American lost a toenail.

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"I look forward to these matches".

After such a dominant first set, it seemed that Kerber could completely run away with the match as she broke early on for a 2-0 lead in the second set. I'm still fit. I am still enjoying my tennis.

Halep will next play Naomi Osaka, who beat 18th-seeded Ash Barty 6-4, 6-2.

Madison Keys is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open after starting Saturday's program on Margaret Court Arena with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ana Bogdan.

Sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat No. 29 Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6), 7-5.

Kyrgios is now the only Australian with a chance to take an Open singles title. The former world No 1 had to drop out of the year's first Slam to go for a hip surgery.

Also advancing were 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 19 Tomas Berdych, No. 25 Fabio Fognini, No. 26 Adrian Mannarino and Chung Hyeon.

Another loss at a major had the highly-touted Zverev admitting he may have a problem.

"I felt the pain but I didn't think about it", said after beating the Canadian.

Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski moved on in mixed doubles.

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