The 2013 Australian Open moves into the Round of 16 Sunday in Melbourne.
Half the men’s and women’s fields left will play on Sunday, while the other half will have the big-show courts to themselves on Monday.
One of the more unusual things about this year's tournament is that most of the big names in both draws are still playing as the second week of the tournament gets underway. That in itself would have made a wonderful bold prediction.
Usually, one of the top four seeds in each draw will have a bad match and crash out by the time we reach the fourth round. This time, 13 of the top 16 seeded players on the men’s side are still in the tournament, and nine of the top 16 are still alive on the women’s.
Juan Martin del Potro, the No. 6 seed, is the highest-ranked player to be sent home on the men’s side, while Sara Errani, the No. 7 seed, is the highest on the women’s.
If in fact the higher seeds prevail over the next couple days, the star-studded power on display in the quarterfinals will be tremendous.
Having said all that, here are a few bold predictions for Sunday’s play.