MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Rafael Nadal beat Matthew Ebden, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, to move to No. 3 in the list of Australian Open champions in the professional era and expanded his record of never lose another round match in Melbourne Park.
The winner improved the 2009 champion Nadal's win-loss record to 57-12 at the Australian Open, which exceeded Stefan Edberg's 56 victory mark.
Six-time masters Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic hold the top two spots on this list. The defense champion Federer recorded his 96th victory earlier Wednesday and top-ranked Djokovic had 62 after his first round win.
The 27th seeded de Minaur reached the 32nd round at the Australian Open for the first time, which corresponds to his best show at any major.
"There's nothing better" than playing in his home country's Grand Slam tournament, said the Minaur, who voted for the 2018 ATP Newcomer of the year, adds: "I could do it every day of the year."
As for Nadal, he said, "It gets incredible just to get out there in court with him."  Fifth seed Kevin Anderson dropped a significant lead in trouble with his operating arm and lost to 20-year-old Frances Tiafoe, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
Anderson was the runner-up in Wimbledon last year and the US Open in 2017, and he had won all three of his previous matchups against the 39th-ranked Tiafoe.
But after trailing a set and 3-0 in the second, Tiafoe turned round to get to the third round of a major tournament for the second time.
Tiafoe was merged into the third round of another United States child who had never been so far in Melbourne Park, 21-year-old Taylor Fritz, who saved 12 of the 13 breakpoints he faced while sending no. 30 seeds Gael Monfils of France 6-3, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5).
Next for Fritz is a matchup against Roger Federer, the two-time defense champion in Australia and owner of 20 Grand Slam titles.  "I grew up seeing many of the guys I play today. I can't tell you how many times I saw Monfils & # 39; high point roll on YouTube, just growing up." Fed, of course, All my life grew up, he was always the best and winning everything, "Fritz said. "So it's really cool to be able to step up with him again."
Rafael Nadal beat Matthew Ebden, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, to move to No. 3 on the Australian Open Cup list in the professional era and expanded his record of never losing another round game in Melbourne Park.
Women: Sloane Stephens Advances
Sloane Stephens opened the day at Rod Laver Arena by promoting at the expense of her former double-player, Timea Babos, in another round match, the woman's turn was billed as a blow of the so-called frænemier.
Fifth-seeded Stephens, 2017 United Open Champions, so strong in a 6-3, 6-1 victory, but Babos held his job by saving 18 of the 23 breakpoints she faced.
The players combined to win three junior Grand Slam double titles – the French, Wimbledon and the United States Open – in 2010.  Stephens said she knew what to expect from Babos, but that didn't make it any smoother .
"I just have to hang in there and be patient," she said.
Stephens will next play No. 31 seeded Petra Martic, who beat Marketa Vondrousova, 6-4, 7-5.
In other women's games on Wednesday, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova eliminated the ninth-seed Kiki Bertens, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, to reach the third round of a major for the first time since her quarter-final runs here in 2017 , and Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat 20th-seeded Anett Kontaveit, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 19-seeded Caroline Garcia advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Zoe Hives. The defending woman champion, Caroline Wozniacki, also advanced in equal sets and beat Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-3.