MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (AP): Defending champion Roger Federer added another record to his vast collection today, matching Jimmy Connors� mark for consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals appearances when he beat Tommy Robredo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the Australian Open.
Federer has reached the quarterfinals for 27 consecutive majors since his third-round exit in the 2004 French Open, equaling Connors� Open-era record.
The 16-time Grand Slam winner didn�t concede a point on his serve in the first set, but had a lapse in the second when Robredo�s serve was dominant and he took a set off Federer for only the third time in 10 matches.
Federer regained control in the third set and dominated after getting an early break to lead 2-0.
Federer, aiming to be only the second man to win five Australian Open titles, will play either Andy Roddick or 19th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the quarterfinals. Roddick and Wawrinka play their fourth-round match tonight.
Number 3-ranked Djokovic is aiming for his second Australian crown. The 2008 champion advanced to the quarterfinals for the 13th time in the last 15 majors with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 win over No. 14 Nicolas Almagro and will next play 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, who beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
Caroline Wozniacki moved into the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Anastasija Sevastova and is just one victory from ensuring she�ll retain the top ranking.
The 20-year-old Dane, playing her first major as world No. 1, reached the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park for the first time. She can keep her top ranking with an appearance in the semis. The questions about Wozniacki�s worthiness of the top ranking are starting to diminish. Asked which player she feared most, she said: �I don�t fear anyone actually.�
Wozniacki lost three of the first four games of the match before reeling off six in a row, including a break in the first game of the second set. Sevastova, ranked No. 46, rallied and the pair traded breaks until Wozniacki regained control.
Wozniacki now has reached the quarterfinals at all four majors, and she�s navigated some troublesome ground. According to the WTA, only one of the last five women to be ranked No. 1 went beyond the first round in the first major they played with the top ranking.