Australian Open 2012 TV Schedule: Matches You Must Watch on Day 10

Chris Siddell@@siddellcCorrespondent IIIJanuary 24, 2012

Australian Open 2012 TV Schedule: Matches You Must Watch on Day 10

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    Day 10 of the Australia Open sees the quarterfinals come to an end.  By the end of tonight we will know all eight semifinalists (four men and four women).  These are the matches you should be keeping an eye on.

    Coverage will once again go through the night with ESPN3 covering the Margaret Court Arena (from 7 p.m. ET) and on ESPN2 coverage starts a little later at 9 p.m. ET.

    But don't worry about missing the first couple of hours, you can catch then on the Tennis Channel from 7 p.m. ET.

    With Novak Djokovic in action among some other big names, this is one midweek day you should consider staying up.

Ekaterina Makarova vs. Maria Sharapova (4)

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    Maria Sharapova will go up against Ekaterina Marakarova in the women's quarterfinal tonight.  The two Russians meet after Marakarova shocked Serena Williams in the fourth round.

    Now Sharapova will be looking to succeed where Williams failed.

    Neither of the women's ties tonight really jump out from the page as being exciting, with many disappointed not to be watching a Williams vs. Sharapova battle.  But this could still be a very interesting match.

    The two Russians may be some 50 places apart in the rankings, but Marakarova will know Sharapova very well, and could just make this and exciting match.

    Keep your eyes peeled for this one.

Mirnyi/Nestor (2) vs. Gonzalez/Kas (12)

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    Santiago Gonzalez and Christopher Kas go up against Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in the battle of the doubles specialists.

    Mirnyi and Nestor, the current ATP Tour finals champions in doubles, will go into the tie as hot favourites against the No. 12 seeds.  But that won't phase Gonzalez and Kas, who have already came through one match as underdogs.

    Their win over Jurgen Meltzer and Phillipp Petzschner showed they can be serious contenders for the doubles title.  Mirnyi and Nestor haven't had everything their own way, and could be surprise casualties in this one.

    If you aren't seeing what you like in the singles, then make sure you switch over to this one.

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. David Ferrer (5)

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    Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer will square off in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open tonight in the standout tie.

    The seemingly unstoppable Djokovic faces the forever moving Ferrer in what will be a meeting of two very different players.

    Ferrer will be looking to defend and move his way around the court slowly ebbing away at Djokovic.  The Serbian will be looking to attack and finish off the Spaniard as soon as possible.

    With Ferrer widely regarded as one of the best players outside the Top Four, this is a chance for Djokovic to show others in the Top Four that he means business.

    This is one match you don't want to miss.