Tomorrow sees the Australian Open get down to business with the first batch of quarter finals in the men & women’s singles.
Mischa Zverev vs Roger Federer
Mischa Zverev vs Roger Federer should be an interesting match with the German currently in the best form of his career. After nearly beating Djokovic in Shanghai,, Zverev has gone on a decent run and having finally beaten one of the ‘big four’ in Andy Murray will be fancying claiming another scalp.
Federer has however returned in strong form despite having a tough path to this stage. The Swiss will be favourite to progress but there will be question marks over how much Sunday’s five setter has taken out of him.
At the age of 35, it will be tougher to recover from full distance matches so expect Zverev to try and run Federer all over the court early on if he wants to cause another upset. These two have met before but not on hard courts. Federer won both meetings comfortably with their last meeting seeing the Swiss maestro whip up a double bagel over his opponent.
Stan Wawrinka vs Jo Wilfried Tsonga
Stan Wawrinka meets Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the other quarter. This quarter final marks the first time that these players have met outside of western Europe, further making this too close to call. Wawrinka nudges ahead in the head to head record with four wins to Tsonga’s three but only one of their meetings has been on a hard court.
Both players have dropped three sets en route to the quarter finals so expect a competitive match that could well go to a lengthy fifth set. Wawrinka played a lengthy first round thriller. Could that match come back to bite him, the longer he is on court against Tsonga?
Coco Vandeweghe vs Garbine Muguruza
This match should be a tasty outing with both players enjoying their best tournament yet down under.
Having already seen off Roberta Vinci, Eugenie Bouchard and defending champion, Angelique Kerber, Vandeweghe should be heading into this tie with plenty of confidence but she will need to overcome Muguruza, who is yet to drop a set down under.
Both players have met on three occasions with the American having the upper 2-1 on head to head records. Her Spanish rival however won their only meeting on hard court at the Cincinnati Masters in August.
Venus Williams vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Venus Williams have a chance at reaching her first semi final in Melbourne since 2003. She however faces Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who is having her best run in ages.
The Russian will be hoping to make her first semi and has so far been in strong form, having beaten Elina Svitolina and fellow compatriot, Svetlana Kuznetsova so far in her last two outings.
V.Williams and Pavlyuchenkova have met five times with it going 3-2 in Williams’ favour. All of their meetings have come on hard courts with two of those matches needing to go the distance. This match is way too difficult to call because it could go either way.
Check back tomorrow for a preview ahead of Wednesday’s quarter finals.