Australian Open 2012: Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters Move On, Will Face Each Other

Rafael Nadal advanced with ease while Kim Clijsters had to battle back to defeat Li Na. Roger Federer defeated Bernard Tomic in straight sets, as did Caroline Wozniacki over Jelena Jankovic.

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Australian Open 2012 Results And Scores: Wozniacki, Del Potro Advance During Overnight Games

The quarterfinal draws at the 2012 Australian Open are starting to take shape with Day 7 coming to a close. Juan Martin del Potro and women's No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki both won their overnight matches to advance. Both players will face much stiffer competition in the quarters.

Del Potro took out Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 to earn the right to play Roger Federer, himself a straight set winner on Sunday. Del Potro had fallen well out of the rankings over a year ago, but fought past a career-threatening wrist surgery to earn the tournament's 11-seed.

Wozniacki blew past No. 13 Jelena Jankovic, 6-0, in the first set of Sunday's match, and held on for a 7-5 win in the second for the victory. Jankovic broke Wozniacki to push the second set to 5-5 and set up a potential comeback . Wozniacki promptly won back break point right before taking the next game and the match. She will face last year's Australian Open champion, Kim Clijsters, in what should be a highly anticipated matchup.

For all Day 7 results and updates, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For updates and information on the entire 2012 Australian Open, head over to SB Nation's tennis hub.

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Australian Open 2012: Roger Federer Eases Past Bernard Tomic In Straight Sets

Roger Federer held serve with Bernard Tomic for the first eight games of their match on Sunday. After winning break point in the ninth the Swiss superstar would never look back, however, going on to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory to advance to the quarterfinals at the 2012 Australian Open.

Federer hit 13 aces on the night, compared to none for Tomic. He also showed plenty of technical prowess with 45 winners to just 13 for the youngster. Federer has now won 122 consecutive matches against opponents ranked outside of the Top 20 in the world.

Rafael Nadal won his match over Felciano Lopez, putting the world's No. 2 and No. 3-ranked men's tennis players just one game away from meeting in the semifinals. Federer will face Juan Martin del Potro, a straight set winner over Philipp Kohlschreiber, in the next round while Nadal will have to fend off No. 7 Thomas Berdych to advance.

Tomic, meanwhile, will head home still carrying the weight of Australia future tennis hopes. He became the youngest player to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open since Nadal did it at age 18 during the 2005 tournament.

For all Day 7 results and updates, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For updates and information on the entire 2012 Australian Open, head over to SB Nation's tennis hub.

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Australian Open 2012: Tomas Berdych Advances With Four-Set Win

Tomas Berdych dropped the first set of his fourth round match with Nicolas Almagro, but rallied back to win the next three sets, all in tiebreakers, to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2012 Australian Open. Berdych struggled early, falling behind by a set after Almagro's 6-4 win in the opener, but handled himself well over the course of the rest of the match, coming up big in each subsequent tiebreaker.

In the second set, Berdych pushed Almagro to 6-6, then barely put him away in the tiebreak, 7-5. The same story repeated itself in the third as Berdych and Almagro again fought to a stalemate at 6-6. Again, Berdych powered through the tiebreak, this time taking the set 7-6 (7-3).

In the fourth and final set, it came down to a tiebreaker yet again, though Almagro was unable to mount a serious charge. Berdych took the set, 7-6 (7-2), and the match to advance to the quarterfinals.

Unhappy with a hard volley that struck him in the chest as he approached the net earlier in the match, Berdych refused to shake Almagro's hand following the match, leading to a hearty chorus of boos from the crowd in attendance. The boos continued as Berdych packed up and headed to the locker room, only interrupted by a round of applause for Almagro as he left.

Berdych advances to face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals.

For all Day 7 results and updates, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For updates and information on the entire 2012 Australian Open, head over to SB Nation's tennis hub.

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Australian Open 2012 Results: Kim Clijsters Rallies Back To Down Li Na

Defending Aussie Open champion Kim Clijsters had never lost a tiebreaker at the Grand Slam down under. And she wasn't about to start.

Fighting off four match points, Clijsters won a second set tiebreaker 8-6.

No. 11 Kim Clijsters defeated No. 5 Li Na, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4.

Only one game into the second set, ESPN2 commentators were counting a Kim Clijsters-comeback out.

Clijsters had rolled her left ankle in the first set after she hit an open forehand from the ad side of the court. Clijsters received three minutes of medical treatment to tape the ankle.

Clijsters didn't collapse though. She went shot-for-shot with Na in most points, missing more long and wide than in the net.

With Li leading 3-1, they said she didn't see a comeback happening. It was a sad realization that if Clijsters didn't make a comeback, it will likely be her last Australian Open.

Clijsters does have an almost-4-year-old at home.

Until Clijsters tied it at 3-3 in the second. Then, the next 10 minutes were "crucial."

Clijsters and Na continued to hit blazing shots, continuing with a sweetly-placed lob by Clijsters to stay in the second set. Clijsters capitalized on those crucial ten minutes.

The third set saw Clijsters blast to a 5-1 lead. Na broke back to bring the match to 5-4 in Clijsters favor. Clijsters held on for one last service game to win the third set with on the second match point when Na hit a backhand in the net.

The defending champion will face the winner of No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 13 Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinal round.

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Australian Open 2012, Day 7: Rafael Nadal Downs Feliciano Lopez In Straight Sets

Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2012 Australian Open on Sunday, defeating Feliciano Lopez in straight sets. Nadal played with a heavily taped left ankle and right knee, but seemed to have no trouble against the 18th-ranked Spaniard, winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Lopez served up 10 aces on the night, averaging 124.4 MPH on his first serves compared to just 108.8 for Nadal. Unsurprisingly, Nadal was much more technically sound throughout the match. Lopez had 50 unforced errors through three sets, compared to just 13 for Nadal. Lopez also hurt himself with six double faults on the night.

Nadal will face the winner between No. 7 Thomas Berdych and No. 10 Nicolas Almagro later in the day. Win there, and he will potentially face Roger Federer in the semifinals, depending on how the Swiss legend fares against Australian title hopeful Bernard Tomic.

For all Day 7 results and updates, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For updates and information on the entire 2012 Australian Open, head over to SB Nation's tennis hub.

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Day 7 of the Australian Open schedule features a marquee matchup between former champion Roger Federer and potential future champion Bernard Tomic, plus two big-time battles on the female side.

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