Long haul: No. 1 Halep fends off Davis in 3:45 marathon

Simona Halep prevailed over Lauren Davis in a match that lasted 3hr 44min
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After 48 games and three hours, 45 minutes on court, Halep booked her spot in the fourth round courtesy of Saturday's epic 4-6 6-4 15-13 victory over the unseeded American in Melbourne.

She served for the match at 5-4 in the third set but was broken by Davis, who later held three match points when leading 11-10 only for her opponent to fight back to level in the 22nd game.

"Definitely it was a very tough match, so long, and I never played the third set so long".

"It made me feel exhausted all over again", said Rubin, who called the match for Australian Open Radio. "I don't feel my ankle any more". My ankle, I don't know how it is because I don't feel it any more.

"The trainer wrapped them really well and I was able to move fine after that". I gave everything I had, and actually, I'm really proud that I could stay there and win it.

Simona Halep was forced to save three match points as she survived a major scare against the USA's Lauren Davis in a match that lasted just short of four hours on Rod Laver Arena.

Flying under the radar, the 17th seed has surrendered just 16 games on her way to the fourth round after beating Romania's Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-4.

Women's No. 1 Simona Halep took a longer route - equaling a mark in Melbourne for endurance but signaling, perhaps, that she's closer to a Grand Slam breakthrough.

Davis finished with roughly twice the number of winners (52 to 27) against slightly more than double the unforced errors (73-39) and broke Halep's serve six times.

While Wozniacki is the current WTA Finals champion in women's singles, she remains in search of her first ever Grand Slam singles title. "I say that it's a big win in many ways, and I take it".

After enduring a first set arm wrestle, Keys converted a fourth-break point chance at 4-3 to go ahead.

How the ankle might pull up Sunday, or Monday when she plays the victor of Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka in the fourth round, she couldn't predict. Her score against former top-10 player Andrea Petkovic of Germany in the second round was 4-6, 6-0, 6-0. Nadal, who lost last year's final to Roger Federer before going on to win the French Open and U.S. Open titles, reached the fourth round in Australia for the 11th time with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory. But when the two squared off in the second set, the tournament's top seed regained her composure and began to take control of the tussle. We look at failure as a negative, and, like, say, you miss a shot by an inch and you do everything right.

Day 6 was the end of the road for Maria Sharapova in her first Melbourne appearance after her doping ban, as she was beaten 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour by the superb Angelique Kerber.

On the last match of the night on Margaret Court Arena, Radwanska became upset with Hsieh's preoccupation with having moths removed from the court by ballboys and ballgirls, suggesting to the chair umpire that they shouldn't bother because the insects were "everywhere" on the court.

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