Monday, January 23, 2017

Australia Open- Men's Quarter Final Previews

With both the top two seeds in Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic both eliminated, it leaves the quest for the Men's title at the Australian Open the most open in years.

Adding to the drama is the presence of two Legends in Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on either side of the draw setting up a tantalising prospect of a clash in the final

Plenty of tennis to be played until this dream match up becomes a possible reality starting with the quarter finals.

Here are my previews:

Stan Wawrinka versus Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 


The two have clashed seven times with Wawrinka shading the rivalry 4-3

It is essentially between the trusted surety of Wawrinka versus the maybe of Tsonga.

A 'maybe' that if the Frenchman is 'on' makes him nigh on unbeatable.

In my mind, Wawrinka is the favourite for the title and on a court that perfectly suits his power game, he will take a world of beating. The Swiss player is not only one of the more skilled on tour but has few parallels in the strength of his mind where he is so hard to break down

Prediction


Stan wins in 4, with the match resembling the Nadal/Monfils match. Where Tsonga might have phases where he threatens, even dominates, but Wawrinka will rule in the end.

Roger Federer versus Mischa Zverev 


Zverev's run at this year's Open has been a true fairytale culminating in him astonishing all by eliminating unbackable favourite Andy Murray

The courts being quick this year has supported his serve and volley style of game making him dangerous.

Is it enough to challenge, or even threaten to beat the legendary Federer?

I think not!

Prediction


In every fairytale, there is a 'monster', and Federer will represent this to Zverev by smashing him in straight sets

Milos Raonic versus Rafael Nadal 


Mouthwatering clash pitting the young tyro Raonic against the ageing Champ Nadal craving another taste of Grand Slam glory

The result will depend largely on both players serve.

Firstly,  how well Nadal can return Raonic's blitzing serve as well as how many free points he can get off his serve. It makes me revert to Nadal's victory at the US Open in 2013 where him cranking up the power in his serve was chief in achieving the victory.

Prediction


Rafa looked so old school against Monfils.

Raonic is a step up in class and the challenge he poses, but I just think Nadal will get it done with him grinding the Canadian down in 4 tight sets

Grigor Dimitrov versus David Goffin

This clash is so tough to predict with Dimitrov looking so good in the lead up to the Open and during it coupled with Goffin being akin to a silent assassin. With Goffin's highlight being him eliminating Dominic Thiem in the previous round in 4 sets despite Thiem being white hot throughout the tournament.

Both have all court games with breathtaking groundstrokes and superb court coverage pointing to a knockdown and drag them out affair.

Prediction


A virtual coin toss, with Goffin prevailing in a 5 set marathon

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