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Pumped-up Nadal, home hero Barty march into quarters

Rafael Nadal survived an epic 28-minute tiebreak to seal his spot in the quarter-finals of the

Australian Open and top seed Ashleigh Barty joined him with victory over giant-killer Amanda

Anisimova on Sunday, reports AFP. Nadal will now face Canada's 14th seed Denis Shapovalov after he stunned third seed and Olympic champion Alexander Zverev -- who said "everything" went wrong. Nadal, who is chasing a men's record 21st Grand Slam title, was pushed all the way by Adrian

Mannarino in an 81-minute first set before breaking the Frenchman's resolve in a 7-6 (16/14), 6-2,

6-2 victory. "First set was very emotional," said the 35-year-old Nadal, the 2009 Australian Open champion, who pumped his fists after emerging victorious from a marathon first-set tiebreak on a steamy day in Melbourne. In the women's draw, home hope and world number one Barty thrilled the crowd by defeating 60th-ranked Anisimova 6-4, 6-3. The Australian faces another American, Jessica Pegula, in the last eight. The 20-year-old Anisimova beat Olympic champion Belinda Bencic and was fresh from knocking out defending champion Naomi Osaka.