Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal needed three sets to get passed Kevin Anderson Getty

World No 3 Rafael Nadal had no trouble in progressing to the quarter finals of the 2015 Australian Open as he defeated Kevin Anderson at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.

The Spaniard was pushed by Anderson in the opening set, which was decided by a tie breaker. However, after that, the 2009 Australian Open winner won the next two sets comfortably as he defeated the 28-year-old South African in straight sets 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.

Tomas Berdych defeated Australian Bernard Tomic in straight sets 6-2, 7-6, 6-2 in the fourth round clash at Margaret Court Arena/The World No 7 will face Nadal in the last eight of the ongoing tournament in Melbourne.

The Czech tennis star will be hoping to emulate his fourth round display against Nadal in the quarter finals of the Australian Open. The winner of the clash could potentially ace Andy Murray, if the Scot wins the next two games.

Berdych explained his plan and also hailed the crowd, who were supporting Australian Tomic.

"That was my plan, start strong and keep going until the end. This court is probably one of the best on the tour [Margaret Court Arena]," Berdych told the Australian Open's official website.

"The crowd was great but they were definitely on the other side! I'm glad with the way I handled it, I took it, and I'm into the quarterfinals."

Meanwhile, in the Women's Singles, Eugenie Bouchard defeated Irina-Camelia Begu in the fourth round, as the Canadian won 6-1, 7-5, 6-2. In addition to this, 2008 Australian Open winner Maria Sharapova also won her pre-quarter final clash against China's Shuai Peng. Bouchard will now face Sharapova in the quarter final of the 2015 Australian Open.