Australian Open: Simona Halep suffers huge scare against unheralded Lauren Davis

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Australian Open: Simona Halep beats Lauren Davis in a record-equalling three-set epic

21 January, 2018

It was expected to be the match of the round.

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Fans cheered for the gutsy Davis as she left the court after the marathon encounter in which she nearly landed a first career journey to a Grand Slam fourth round. Whereas, women's No. 1 Simona Halep took a longer route - equaling a mark in Melbourne for endurance.

However, she was proud of her efforts on an epic night at Melbourne Park.

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"That first match point just, I felt something and I couldn't really put any pressure - it was my right toe, and then it eventually was my left toe, also".

"It was definitely a very tough match", Halep said.

Despite serving at 46 per cent on first serves, Keys never gave the Romanian a sniff taking the opening set without facing a break point. She takes on 19th seeded Magdaléna Rybáriková next at Melbourne Park. "I just kept believing that it's not over", Halep said. "She's a confident player at the moment".

Immediately, links were made to the world number one's improved mentality as she continued fighting amidst the scoreline, "I think in the past I wouldn't have fought that hard".

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World No. 1 Simona Halep saved three match points to survive a titanic struggle and make the last 16 at the Australian Open Saturday (Jan 20) where she joined Karolina Pliskova and Dominic Thiem.

The 17th-seeded Keys, who lost in the U.S. Open final previous year to Sloane Stephens, saved three break points serving for the match, finally clinching it on her first match point.

"I have never played a match like that before where it went so long in the third set".

"I just feel that my muscles are gone", said Halep, who badly twisted her left ankle in the first round. I was just jamming them a lot with how much I was moving around the court.

The ankle remains a problem, though, and Halep said she would do precisely "nothing" on her rest day before a fourth round clash against home hope Ashleigh Barty or Japan's Naomi Osaka.

Earlier, US Open runner-up Madison Keys enjoyed a relatively straightforward passage into the fourth round after overcoming Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-4. I'm pretty sure she hasn't played a match like that before.

His serve was effectively untouchable for most of the match, with Gasquet unable to earn a break point until late in the third set when the Frenchman was able to get back level at 4-4. The 17th-seeded Kyrgios won the last five points after falling behind 5-2 in the tiebreaker.

Second-seeded Federer's next opponent is former world junior No. 1 Marton Fucsovics, who beat Nicolas Kicker in straight sets.

No. 23 Gilles Muller outlasted Malek Jaziri in five sets, Kyle Edmund had a straight-sets win over Denis Istomin - who beat then defending-champion Novak Djokovic in the second round here past year - and No. 28 Damir Dzumhur beat John Millman.

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