Australian Open 2012 TV Schedule: 5 Bold Predictions for Jan. 20
The Australian Open moves into the third round on January 20, and now the action starts to get really interesting.
After having a good look at everyone in the opening rounds, we are starting to see some interesting storylines develop.
Here are five bold predictions for day five of the Australian Open.
Tomic to Progress Further
Bernard Tomic will once again spring a surprise when he blasts his way past Alexandr Dolgopolov into the fourth round.
The Australian underdog will again use the raucous home crowd to take down 13th seed Dolgopolov.
Another appearance in the Rod Laver Arena should be enough to spur Tomic on.
Wawrinka to Outlast Almagro
Stanislas Wawrinka will go into his match with Nicolas Almagro as the underdog, but he will come out victorious.
Almagro has had a difficult time so far in the tournament, and that will catch up with him when he meets Wawrinka.
A fiery encounter with Marcos Baghdatis in the second round showed Wawrinka is determined and in good form. Almagro will come out of this one disappointed.
Falla to Beat Kohlschreiber
Alejandro Falla has already provided the Australian Open with one shock result when he took down Mardy Fish in the second round.
His opponent in the third round is Philipp Kohlschreiber, who pulled off a little shock of his own in the first round by taking out Juan Monaco.
Now in the third round after Pere Riba withdrew, Kohlschreiber will struggle against the confident Falla, getting himself on the wrong end of a shock result.
Federer to Shine
Of course Roger Federer will make his way through to the fourth round tonight, but he will surprise everyone with the way he does it.
Getting a walkover in the second round means Federer is completely fresh going into this tie. He will blast his way past Ivo Karlovic with unprecedented ease.
His victory will set down a marker for his rivals, showing them all he means business.
Isner to Lose in Epic
John Isner seems to be involved with more epic battles on the court than anyone else.
His third-round tie with Feliciano Lopez will be no different. Expect this to be another epic five-set battle, but Isner won't be able to power through with his serve.
Lopez will be strong enough in the end to get past Isner, whose strong serve would probably make him favourite for the encounter.