Australian Open 2013: Bold Predictions for Day 10
The remaining quarterfinal matches take place on Day 10, leaving four players left standing on both sides of the draw. Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams are the marquee names that will look to earn their spot in the final eight.
So far, the Australian Open has been highlighted by few upsets and plenty of dominance from the top seeds on both sides. It's led to some terrific matchups and that will continue on Day 10, which should be an extremely competitive day at Melbourne Park.
With that in mind, let's take a look at a couple bold predictions for the second half of the quarterfinals as the season's first Grand Slam winds toward its conclusion.
Jeremy Chardy Will Take Set From Andy Murray
Of all the quarterfinal matchups, the one between Murray and Chardy received the least hype. That's mostly because most people expect the No. 3 seed to cruise past his unseeded opponent, especially given Murray's form so far.
Yet, don't be surprised if Chardy puts up a good fight. The Frenchman actually knocked off Murray in their last meeting, which came on a hard court in Cincinnati last year. So he knows what it takes to beat one of the world's best.
Beating an elite player like Murray at a major is a completely different task than doing at a warm-up event like Cincinnati, of course. But Chardy has played some real solid tennis to reach this point and should be able to win a set.
Which player will advance to the semifinals?
Roger Federer Pushed to Five Sets vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Whenever you look at Federer's head-to-head statistics the results are usually lopsided heavily in the Swiss sensation's favor. You don't stay atop the game for as long as he has without holding a major edge over a lot of players.
One player outside the top four that's been able to give him consistent trouble is Tsonga. While Federer does hold an 8-3 overall advantage in their previous meetings, the last two wins have gone the distance, and Tsonga does own a Grand Slam win over him.
When you add in the fact Tsonga's fitness has improved noticeably since last season, Federer must prepare for a long, grueling match against the athletic French star. Although the No. 2 seed should still advance, a five-set marathon could very well be in the cards.
Svetlana Kuznetsova Will Upset Victoria Azarenka
Azarenka has yet to get tested in the tournament. She did go three sets against upstart American Jamie Hampton, but it never felt like she was in serious danger. And the women's No. 1 seed hasn't faced a single seeded opponent.
Kuznetsova isn't seeded either, but was ranked as high as No. 2 earlier in her career, and she has two wins over seeded foes already in the event. The veteran also owns a 4-3 edge over Azarenka in their previous meetings.
After falling out of form for much of last season, Kuznetsova seems to have made major strides to get back on track and is a real threat to the top-ranked player. This has the potential to be one of the first real shockers of the event.
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