Ash Barty's ominous message after ruthless Aus Open lesson

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Ash Barty (pictured) has advanced to the Australian Open quarter-final. (Getty Images)
Ash Barty (pictured) has advanced to the Australian Open quarter-final. (Getty Images)

World No.1 Ash Barty has booked her place in the quarter-final for the fourth year in a row after a masterful display against Amanda Anisimova.

Barty was up against the 20-year-old American, who defeated defending champion Naomi Osaka, but used her slice and change of pace incredibly well.

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The Aussie had her serve broken for the first time in 63 games, but broke back and ran away with the first set 6-4.

Barty held her nerve in the second set as Anisimova fell away after being broken twice, which sealed the match 6-4, 6-3.

Barty will take on America Jessie Pegula in the next round.

Fans were quick to praise the World No.1, who hasn't dropped a set on her way to the quarter-final.

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis deliver standout match

Earlier, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have delivered a brilliant show and interview after their thrilling 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over 15th seeds Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar.

The 'Special Ks' fought their way into the quarter-finals in front of a full house at Kia Arena on Sunday, having already upset top-ranked Croatian duo Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in the second round.

The match was a rollercoaster with Kokkinakis serving well to begin with, before the pair finished with 26 winners compared to their opponents' 12.

The Australians' form and on-court showmanship have reignited interest in the men's doubles tournament at Melbourne Park, with patriotic and often boisterous crowds flocking to their matches.

Tennis reporter Christopher Clarey said he was walking the concourse at Melbourne Park and could hear the vociferous crowd.

Following the match, tennis great Wally Masur asked the pair: “You’ve backed up a huge win with another great win,” before adding it's “not easy to pick apart these established doubles teams.”

However, Kyrgios quipped: "I mean, it's been pretty easy."

Kyrgios burst into laughter, along with the crowd, as the duo kept the crowd entertained right until the last moment.

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