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Title bid is fun, not pressure, says Wozniacki

 

By Eleanor Crooks

Caroline Wozniacki is confident but taking nothing for granted as she tries to chase down a first grand slam title at the Australian Open.

The Dane was world number one as a 20-year-old and now, at the ripe old age of 27, is three matches away from lifting the trophy at Melbourne Park.

Wozniacki hit top form at Melbourne Park in a 6-3 6-0 victory over Magdalena Rybarikova to set up a quarter-final clash with Carla Suarez Navarro.

She said: "When you put in the work, then you just hope that's enough. If it's not, then you go back to work and try and get better. For me, it's no pressure, just go out there and have fun."

Rafael Nadal still has much work to do if he is to win his second Australian Open title but the 31-year-old Spaniard guaranteed here on Sunday that he will retain his position as world No1 come the end of the fortnight.

Nadal dropped his first set of the tournament in grinding out a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Diego Schwartzman to secure a quarter-final meeting with Marin Cilic.

Roger Federer, the defending champion, is now the only man left in the tournament who has yet to drop a set. However, even if he retains his title the 36-year-old Swiss cannot replace Nadal at the top of the rankings.

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov came out on top of a fierce battle with Nick Kyrgios under the lights on Rod Laver Arena, 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 7-6 (7/4) and set up a clash with Britain's Kyle Edmund.

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