Australian Open 2021: Ruthless Rublev cruises into fourth round with straight sets win over Feliciano Lopez
Rublev submitted a masterclass in the second and third sets to down a weary Lopez, who won a five-set thriller over Italy's Lorenzo Sonego on Thursday.
Serena Williams had 31 unforced errors but wore down Russian Anastasia Potapova 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in 97 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to set up a clash with seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
The tournament will continue despite the mini-outbreak and lockdown, albeit without any crowds. This would be much like the US Open and French Open which were held towards the end of last season.
Australian Open 2021: Injury-hit Novak Djokovic overcomes Taylor Fritz to reach last 16; Dominic Thiem ousts Nick Kyrgios
In the now-empty stadium, a grimacing Djokovic, who needed repeated treatment on an abdominal injury, recovered from losing the third and fourth sets to beat Fritz 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2.
While 64,387 fans crammed into the grounds on day one last year, only 17,922 turned up this time despite major drawcards such as Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic.
World number 18 Wawrinka explained his physical preparations for the season-opening Slam had been affected by the setback.
Tennis Australia said in a statement the tournament build-up had been revamped after "extensive consultation" to help give the 72 affected players "the best possible preparation and training opportunities".
It is the latest blow to preparations for the year's first Grand Slam in Melbourne — which has already be delayed by three weeks due to the pandemic.
The 72 players on the three planes have been deemed close contacts of the four COVID-19 cases and barred from training outside for 14 days, as largely virus-free Australia tries to prevent community transmission.
Strict quarantine awaits top tennis stars as organisers hope for 'small miracle' to successfully pull off Australian Open
Players face stricter measures compared to last year's US and French Opens held in cities stricken by the virus and will be required to spend 19 hours daily during quarantine confined to their hotel rooms.
Organisers of the year's first tennis grand slam confirmed they had secured new hotel accommodation after Melbourne's The Westin cancelled plans to house tennis players during two weeks of quarantine ahead of the tournament.
India vs Australia: Fan pays bill worth Rs 6,683 for Indian cricketers' lunch at Melbourne restaurant
The fan, identified as Navaldeep Singh, posted a series of tweets where he stated that not only was he seated close to the cricketers, but picked up their lunch tab as well.
Ravi Shastri said the medical team will look at how the player is physically after completing his quarantine before a call is taken on his inclusion in the playing XI for the third Test against Australia in Sydney.
Usually the teams land in Sydney on the eve of the New Year but due to steady coronavirus cases in the city, the players and officials will stay in Melbourne for a longer period this year.
India vs Australia: Dominant performance from visiting bowlers on Day 3 leaves Aussies reeling at 133/6
Australia were wobbling at 133 for six at stumps on the third day of the Boxing Day Test at the magnificent Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australian Open 2021: Former World No 1 Andy Murray receives wild card for new season's first Grand Slam
Murray, 33, is a five-time runner-up in Melbourne but feared his last match at the tournament in 2019 would mark the end of his career due to chronic hip pain.
Burns suffered a nasty blow on his elbow off a Jasprit Bumrah delivery during the first Test at Adelaide which Australia won by eight wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
The Australia vice-captain also praised off-spinner Nathan Lyon for bowling well to Pujara in the first innings.
CA’s coronavirus working group was due to meet Sunday to discuss the Sydney outbreak and its impact on the Test series.
Players are expected to arrive in Melbourne from mid-January, undertaking a mandatory two-week quarantine period that permits them to train for a maximum of five hours per day at Melbourne Park