Maria Sharapova vs Angelique Kerber, Australian Open third round

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And Barty was not the only crowd fancy to get her marching orders, with five-time Grand Slam victor Maria Sharapova roundly beaten by a surgically precise Angelique Kerber.

The German 21st seed won 6-1 6-3 in the much-anticipated night-session clash between the only two former champions left in the draw.

Maria Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open victor, hurried through the first set on Rod Laver Arena in 23 minutes before beating No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4).

"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.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic hold court Saturday as they work to keep a potential Australian Open semi-final showdown on track, while top seed Simona Halep resumes her low-key title charge.

That fourth-round defeat to Coco Vandeweghe at Melbourne Park last year was only a hint at the disastrous season about to unfold for the recently-turned 30-year-old. She's always unsafe, especially at the Grand Slams. "I'm nearly dead", Halep said of the match which equaled Chanda Rubin's win over Arantxa Shanchez Vicario in 1996 - also 48 games - for the Australian Open record in terms of most games.

There were 11 service breaks and two medical timeouts - for Davis to get treatment on both feet - before Halep converted on her first match point.

Kerber, who defeated Donna Vekic 6-4 6-1 in an impressively dominant performance, said: "We both played a lot of good matches in the past".

"I'm feeling good, it's good to win today, of course, on my birthday".

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Halep closed out the dramatic contest on the first match point, when Davis, who had gone for broke all match, fired into the tramlines.

"I'm here because I'm motivated to get better at my craft".

Halep will play the victor of Saturday's later match between local hope Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka.

Federer entered the Australian Open a year ago under similar circumstances, coming off an extended break for a knee injury, and went on to win the title.

Another loss at a major had the highly-touted Zverev admitting he may have a problem. The 2016 victor from Germany and 21st seed roared past the unseeded Russian 2008 champion 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes to reach the last 16.

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.

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

Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski moved on in mixed doubles.

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