Comeback Carla through to quarters

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Anett Kontaveit v Carla Suarez Navarro match highlights from this thrilling round four women's singles match up.

Carla Suarez Navarro def. Anett Kontaveit match highlights (4R)

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Carla Suarez Navarro booked a third Australian Open quarterfinal ticket, battling back from the brink to seal a 4-6 6-4 8-6 win over 32nd seed Anett Kontaveit.
 
The world No.39 was a set and 1-4 down, before mounting a staggering revival over two hours and 17 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

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"I try to be focused all the time and try to play my game, that’s it,” the Spaniard said. “It was tough because she started very well and I had to fight. I’m really happy to be in the next round.”

“I feel really good right now (on court). I was at this stage two years ago, so I'm happy. Always when you reach the quarterfinals or the finals round, you must be happy."

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Carla Suarez Navarro's charming on court interview following her fourth round victory over Anett Kontaveit.

Carla Suarez Navarro on court interview

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Kontaveit was the assertive player in the opening exchanges, eager to step in and utilise her powerplay.
 
The 22-year-old was patient and converted a fourth break point to lead 3-2 with a rasping forehand winner.
 
Kontaveit, who navigated past world No.7 Jelena Ostapenko in the third round, missiled another forehand down the line to dismiss break point and consolidated the break with a perfectly executed drop shot.

Suarez Navarro, twice a quarterfinalist at Melbourne Park, wielded a trademark backhand past the Estonian to chalk up two break points, but the defiant Kontaveit maintained the aggression to clinch the opener with a 22nd winner.
 
An acute angled cross court backhand winner was the spark as the 32nd seed maintained her dominance to surge to 4-1 and onto the cusp of victory with a double break.

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Winners
53 Anett Kontaveit
19 Carla Suárez Navarro

“I tried to be more aggressive,” the 29-year-old said. “I was thinking that I was playing good, but not on the front foot enough. I want to play like this, but sometimes you cannot.

“My team all the time they will say me, ‘play aggressive, play aggressive.’ That's I think what I did to turn it around.”

The tension closing out the memorable win was evident, as the Kontaveit strokes tightened.
 
A gruelling 23-shot rally culminated with a Suarez Navarro inside out forehand winner on the turn, as the Spanish No.2 rattled through five straight games to push a decider.

The third set incrementally ratcheted up the tension, but neither player could secure a meaningful opening.
 
At 4-4 Konatveit was drawn out wide, but undeterred the Estonian let fly with a blistering cross court forehand winner, with the chance to serve out a maiden major quarterfinal.

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Unforced errors
53 Anett Kontaveit
28 Carla Suárez Navarro

The chance was swiftly erased and the 22-year-old was made to pay for it.
 
At 7-6 a second match point headed onto the scoreboard, with Suarez Navarro enjoying remarkable fortune to witness her shot bounce twice off the net cord and over for the point.

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It wasn’t quite the answer, but Kontaveit’s 53rd unforced error sent Suarez Navarro into a last eight clash with No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki.

"We’ve played a lot of times together. I know how she plays. I know how tough she is,” continued Suarez Navarro, who is down 5-2 in their head-to-head record. “It will be a really tough match. She fights for every ball, but at the same time she can play aggressive. She has a lot of experience in these rounds.

"It will be a really interesting match. For sure I have to be focused all the time with my level at 100 per cent to beat Caroline.”