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Summary

  1. Rafael Nadal defeats Gael Monfils 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4
  2. Johanna Konta (GB) beats Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) 6-1 6-4
  3. Konta to face Serena Williams in the last eight
  4. Wins for Raonic, Dimitrov & Lucic-Baroni

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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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We'll be having an early start, so I'm going to sip a camomile tea, stick my Rafa Nadal pajamas on and curl up for a much needed nap.

G'day.

Go Jo!

Konta
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The line-up for the women's quarters has also taken shape.

Tomorrow, Venus Williams goes toe to toe with Russian 24th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to open up on Rod Laver.

That's followed by Coco Vandeweghe - the only non-seed remaining - against seventh seed Garbine Muguruza.

And then on Wednesday, it's the big one for British tennis as Johanna Konta faces the queen of tennis Serena Williams.

The winner will set up a semi-final against Karolina Pliskova or Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Tuesday's quarter-final action

Tomorrow, fourth seed Stan Wawrinka meets France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the end of the morning session on Rod Laver - so that's the early hours of the morning GMT.

And then, at around 08:00 GMT, Roger Federer takes on Andy Murray's vanquisher Mischa Zverev.

The winners will meet in the semi-finals.

So that's a 30th Grand Slam quarter-final booked for Rafael Nadal, but his first since the French Open in 2015.

And what odds on a first grand Slam title in three years for the Spaniard?

Let's take a look at how the men's draw lines up for the last eight.

'She's a wildcard'

Xisca
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Jim Courier asks Rafa Nadal about having his girlfriend Xisca Perello with him at the Australian Open for the first time.

"I think it was a negative thing to lose in the quarters in Brisbane but we got to visit Sydney – we enjoyed it.

"After years, finally my girlfriend gets a wildcard to come here."

Just a wildcard for your girlfriend? Not in the main draw? Inquires Jim Courier.

"It's better we stop here," quips Rafa.

'I'm a little bit tired'

After five sets against Alexander Zverev and four sets today, how are the legs feeling Rafa?

"Now I feel a little bit tired. But probably tomorrow a bit better and hopefully after tomorrow perfect.

"Against Milos Raonic I just need to play very, very well. He is the third player in the world, he beat me a couple of weeks ago in Brisbane and is a top player with an amazing serve."

'To be in a quarter is very special'

Nadal
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Rafa Nadal speaking to Jim Courier on court.

"Gael is a special player. He can play unbelievable shots and is one of the more charismatic players. Seeing him in the top ranking places is great for the sport.

"I had chances in the third and didn’t take them so it's dangerous. He had some huge serves and you are under problems against a big player like him.

"Coming back I know I keep having some chances and then at 5-4 with his serve under pressure I had my chances.

"To be in a quarter-final at a Grand Slam is very special for me, especially here in Australia where it feels a little bit like home."

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on Radio 5 live sports extra

Rafa is a great ambassador. He's always smiling, it's great to see him at this stage of the competition again.

Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-6 Nadal

Nadal, drawing a few wolf whistles as he changes tops, will meet Milos Raonic in the last eight.

Let's hear what he has to say...

Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-6 Nadal

The pair have a loving embrace in the middle of the court and what about that roar for Monfils as he leaves the arena.

The great entertainer.

Rafael Nadal consoles Gael Monfils
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Game, set and match

Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-6 Nadal

Monfils goes wide!

Wait, does he? Monfils challenges... yup, it's wide.

Rafa is into the quarter-finals.

Rafael Nadal
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Match point number two

*Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-5 Nadal

Double fault. Match point again.

*Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-5 Nadal

Big, brave tennis from Monfils to get out of trouble with a booming baseline forehand.

Deuce.

Match point

*Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-5 Nadal

Monfils is feeling the pressure.

He's at the net and clips straight into the strings for 30-30. At the net again and too much on this volley.

Match point.

Gael Monfils reacts
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*Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-5 Nadal

Nadal is a break away from the quarters. Here we go...

*Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-5 Nadal

Monfils, at 15-0, is not happy with his racquet - so he trundles over to his chair and picks up another one.

Rafa has awoken from his slumber. This is a world away from what as happening 15 minutes ago.

A chaotic forehand from Monfils hands Nadal the game.

Tennis, eh?

Gigi Salmon

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

Nadal screams and cheers, and his feet leave the ground.

Rafael Nadal celebrates
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Nadal breaks

Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-4 Nadal*

It's 11:30pm in Melbourne, so if you're on Rod Laver and you're using public transport, it's decision time - taxi? Walk? Or leave early?

The last option is not recommended, as Nadal is back on track.

An umpire overrule gives Nadal a crucial break point... and he snaffles it up with a sweeping forehand winner.

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Henry Vice: Am I alone in thinking Dimitrov has a really good chance at winning the tournament? Now THAT would be exciting!

Tim Miller: For all the "not another Fed/Nadal final" cries, Nadal v Federer's last Slam final meeting was in 2011. Last Slam win: Nadal 2014

LauraO: Come on Rafa! Would love a Roger - Rafa final like the good old days! 

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
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*Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-3 Nadal

Nadal needs something and maybe this running forehand from well out wide, down the side of the net post, will spark him into life.

It's a more comfortable hold. Can the Spaniard be reinvigorated? 

Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-2 Nadal*

What has Nadal got in his box of tricks?

He's meandering out of this match as it stands, his level dropping from the commanding form earlier in the evening.

Monfils, on other hand, is like a pendulum right now, slapping the ball with ultimate timing as he forehands a winner for the game.

Monfils breaks

*Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 3-2 Nadal

Get on your feet ladies and gents.

What a rally.

Rafa, stagnating a bit at the moment, is scampering everywhere and a drop shot brings him to the net before Monfils passes. Thirty-two shots in that one.

And Nadal into the net for three break points.

One saved - big serve out wide.

But there's the break! Monfils gets the rub of the blue hard-court as his backhand clips the tape and drops perfectly for the point.

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Nic MacLellan: Oh, PLEASE not another Rog v Rafa final. I'm a big Rafa fan, but wouldn't it be nice to see someone new win a slam for a change?

wizzdotpee: I really hope Nadal loses today to Monfils. I want an easy ride for Roger. He deserves the 18th gland slam. Federer all the way!

Victoria Whitemore: Come on Nadal. Would love to see a #Nadal #Federer final 🎾

Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer
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Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 2-2 Nadal*

Monfils messes up one of his crowd-pleasing slams but recovers with a centre-line ace.

Oh and this forehand is long for 15-40...

Monfils looked up at his coach and after an age decides to challenge. Surely he can't wait that long to challenge?

It was out anyway. Two break points.

The Frenchman wins a battle at the net with a pick-up shot that puts Rafa in trouble and then wins a battle at the baseline with a slippery forehand slice.

A double fault on advantage makes you want to shake his chirpy little face with frustration.

And finally he holds with a booming ace.

Rafael Nadal
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*Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 1-2 Nadal

A wicked, wristy forehand has too much electricity for Monfils and so does this fade-away forehand for the game.

Both men are holding their serves much quicker in this set.

Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 1-1 Nadal*

Monfils' eyes light up as Nadal lifts one high over the net and the Frenchman gets 10 cool points for his leap and slam.

That's a strong service game from the sixth seed.

*Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 0-1 Nadal

So. Monfils is on the board and, you know what, I reckon he has another gear should he have the mental nous to find it.

Nadal serves out a straightforward love hold.

Rafael Nadal of Spain
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Gigi Salmon

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

Baffling, entertaining, frustrating, exciting.

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on Radio 5 live sports extra

Monfils looks like he has a taste for it now. I don't think Nadal will panic that much. What's Monfils going to do next?

Gael Monfils
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Monfils 3-6 3-6 6-4 Nadal*

Too much pop on this forehand from Monfis? The line judge says yes... but the challenge from the Frenchman is a good one.

Replay the point. Monfils snaffles an ace.

A wonky forehand. Deuce. Ace. Advantage.

Monfils is just playing with us here.

A cracking forehand winner and he's gone from three break points down to taking into a fourth set.

Gael Monfils of France celebrates
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*Monfils 3-6 3-6 5-4 Nadal

Oh jeez. Is he going to chuck it away immediately?

A stray backhand. A forehand into the net. Three break points.

It's almost like you knew it would happen.

A booming serve allows him to volley his first point of the game.

And now an ace down the middle followed by a serve out wide that Rafa can't handle.

Three break points saved.

Followed by a double fault - a 200+km/h second serve. What is he thinking?!

Another break point... Rafa finds the net. Deuce...

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

Nadal played a poor game, perhaps feeling the pressure a little at 4-4 with victory in sight.

Rafael Nadal reacts
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Monfils breaks

*Monfils 3-6 3-6 5-4 Nadal

Rafa's forehand is lashing the top spin now.

Former England cricketer Ashley Giles was known as the King of Spin, but famously had mugs produced with a typo calling him the King of Spain.

Rafa can lay claim to both titles right now.

The serve wobbles though - a first double fault for 15-30.

And too many revs on this forehand for two Monfils' break points... the first is good enough as Nadal whacks wide.

Monfils to serve for the set.

Rafael Nadal of Spain
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Monfils 3-6 3-6 4-4 Nadal*

Monfils likes his basketball, and he gets some mega hangtime on a leap to dispatch a volley.

It's almost disappointing when he puts the next volley away in conventional fashion.

In the style of the old NBA Jam games - he could do with being on fire round about now.

Well, he's not bursting into flames, but it's good enough as his serve continues to grow in the match and he sees out the game.

*Monfils 3-6 3-6 3-4 Nadal

It's 20 minutes to midnight in Melbourne and Prince Rafa will want this wrapped before he turns into a pumpkin.

Monfils is battling for his own fairytale ending, but falling just short. He whacks an all-or-nothing backhand into the net and frames a return into the front row.

Monfils 3-6 3-6 3-3 Nadal*

Nadal skips out of his chair like a spring chicken to face the Monfils serve.

An out of sorts passing forehand drifts wide from Nadal for 40-15.

Monfils lets the Spaniard back into deuce with a wayward backhand that is accompanied by a Gallic grunt.

Unreal defence from Nadal to stay alive on game point but Monfils, forever the showman, lands a winning volley while performing a Morecambe and Wise-style skip.

Bring Me Sunshine indeed.

*Monfils 3-6 3-6 2-3 Nadal

I have no idea what switch has flicked in the head of Monfils, but if only he could have found it sooner as he whizz-pops a forehand winner down the line.

A crosscourt backhand has extra punch but it's wide.

The kitchen sink is going into these strokes from Monfils, but they're landing inches off target.

Here's a return, down the line, that is right on point and Rafa clips the net for deuce.

Incredible defence from Rafa to get a racquet to a blistering forehand and then Monfils messes up the easier point at the net for the game.

Rafael Nadal
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Monfils 3-6 3-6 2-2 Nadal*

Monfils is gambling more on his strokes and it's working, with a brace of forehand winners. The crowd are coming with him on the journey too, as they want their money's worth.

Gael Monfils
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Sam Johnson: Please no Fed/Nadal final. Would just be endless topspin forehands to Fed's backhand again. Nadal's won 15 of their last 20 going back 9 years. Their rivalry just isn't as exciting as it used to be 

David Melton: Federer v Nadal why not? As long as Stan doesn't win. Since he'd have more majors than Murray which seems ludicrous.

*Monfils 3-6 3-6 1-2 Nadal

Nadal, moving like a 25-year-old, dispatches a volley at the net before popping up a second serve that is returned into the net.

Rafael Nadal
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