Halep, who is trying to win her third Major at Melbourne Park, is yet to drop a set.
Missing a few top players from the second week doesn't come to mind either. "So makes me feel a little bit more confident".
"I know we always say we want to enjoy, but I did enjoy".
Nadal, who had earlier brushed aside the incident, said he preferred Kyrgios more when he was playing his fiery brand of tennis instead of drawing attention for his on-court antics. Nowadays, as you can see, surprises happen.
Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber held the Grand Slam trophies in the air, learning how to lower their heads when groups of high-level players start to lose in the first week of the majors. "I have the next match to play Angelique - why should I care about all the other names?"
Two-time major victor Garbine Muguruza beat fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-2 to reach the fourth round. In the tiebreak, it was Pavlyuchenkova who had to overcome a 0-2 deficit, finally clinching a marathon 75-minute opener when Pliskova put a limp forehand in the net. "I'm in the fourth round because of a big fight".
A semifinalist last year, Pliskova had matched or improved her best results at the Australian Open year-on-year since debuting in 2013.
Pliskova felt she was making mistakes that she would not normally make.
Gael Monfils, who is seeded in tenth place, is already in the fourth round and moves 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-3 ahead of Ernests Gulbis, who is in 256th place.
"It was my best match of the tournament so far, without a doubt".
Bertens is the first Dutch woman to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open since Brenda Schultz-McCarthy in 1996.
Williams, who has won seven Australian titles among her 23 majors, 2018 champion Wozniacki and defending champion Osaka all lost on Friday.
Three-time Grand Slam victor Angelique Kerber survived a scare from 102-ranked Italian Camila Giorgi to reach the Australian Open last 16 on Saturday.
Spain's Garbine Muguruza, a former world No 1 and a two-time Grand Slam chamion herself, then crushed fifth seed Svitolina 6-1, 6-2 while sixth seed Belinda Bencic was thrashed 6-0, 6-1 in just 49 minutes in a breathtaking upset by Estonia's Anett Kontaveit.
The 28-year-old Romanian will discover on her highway the Belgian Elise Mertens (17th) or the American Catherine Bellis (600th), again in Grand Slam since an elbow surgical procedure in 2018.