Australian Open Day 8 preview

If the first batch of fourth round matches were anything to go by we’re in for a cracking day of action on Day 8 at the Australian Open.

With a week’s worth of action done and dusted at Melbourne Park, the year’s first grand slam certainly has lived up to expectations.

The bottom half of the draw is in action on Monday, and while a raft of seeds have already been eliminated there are still plenty of quality match-ups on offer, with Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Victoria Azarenka headlining the action.

Matches not to miss:

Andy Murray v Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic is the only Australian left in the men’s draw, and he’ll take to Rod Laver Arena on Monday night with a partisan crowd behind him. Tomic has never made it past the fourth round of his home grand slam and will desperately be looking to extend his run.

Murray has endured a tumultuous few days, with his third round victory over Joao Sousa overshadowed somewhat by the unfortunate medical drama that surrounded his father-in-law Nigel Sears. The second seed will be focused, though, and having lost four times in the Australia Open final, you can bet the Scot will not be lacking in motivation.

Tomic hasn’t beaten Murray in three attempts, but there is a first time for everything.

Milos Raonic v Stan Wawrinka

Neither Wawrinka nor Raonic have dropped a set yet in this year’s tournament and both have achieved such success on the back of strong serving displays.

The 2014 champion, Wawrinka is going in search of his second title at Melbourne Park, while Raonic is hopeful of making the step up to the top tier of men’s tennis.

The pair have played four times previously, with the Swiss coming out on top on each occasion. As such, Raonic will be out to prove a point to both the fourth-seeded Wawrinka and the tennis world as a whole

Madison Keys v Shuai Zhang 

Ever since Zhang beat second seed Simona Halep in the opening round one has been waiting for the qualifiers dream run to end, but the 27-year-old from China just keeps on going.

Zhang entered the tournament with a 0-14 record in grand slams, but with three wins to her name, she’s slowly turning that record around. Next on her list of potential victims is 15th seed Madison Keys who had fight hard for her third round victory over Ana Ivanovic on Saturday.

The two have done battle four times in the past, with each player winning two contests.

Please note Day 8 coverage:-

 

Fox Sports

Rod Laver Arena

KERBER, Angelique (GER) [7] vs BECK, Annika (GER)

AZARENKA, Victoria (BLR) [14] vs STRYCOVA, Barbora (CZE)

RAONIC, Milos (CAN) [13] vs WAWRINKA, Stan (SUI) [4]

TOMIC, Bernard (AUS) [16] vs MURRAY, Andy (GBR) [2] 

KEYS, Madison (USA) [15] vs ZHANG, Shuai (CHN)

 

Fox Sports 2

Hisense Arena

XU, Yi-Fan (CHN) /ZHENG, Saisai (CHN) [15] vs HSIEH, Su-Wei (TPE) / KALASHNIKOVA, Oksana (GEO)

 

Margaret Court Arena

KUZNETSOV, Andrey (RUS) vs MONFILS, Gael (FRA) [23]

HINGIS, Martina (SUI) /MIRZA, Sania (IND) [1] vs KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana (RUS) /VINCI, Roberta (ITA)

KONTA, Johanna (GBR) vs MAKAROVA, Ekaterina (RUS) [21]

 

Hisense Arena

FERRER, David (ESP) [8] vs ISNER, John (USA) [10]

Catch all the action of the Australian Open from now until January 31st LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on FOX Sports and FOX Sports 2. FOX Sports subscribers can watch all matches free on FOX Sports Play or on www.FoxSportsAsia.com

 

 

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