The 2014 Australian Open has been a memorable one as we head into the fourth round of singles play on Day 7. The smoldering temperatures have cooled down, but now it's the play on the court that is starting to heat up, as the players inch closer to winning the first Grand Slam of the year.
With so much action on tap, it's easy for intriguing matches to fall through the cracks. Here is the TV schedule for Day 7 and a breakdown of three games you don’t want to miss.
Where: Melbourne, Australia
When (local): 11 a.m. on Sunday Jan. 19
When (U.S.): 7 p.m ET. on Saturday Jan. 18
Live Stream: ESPN3
|Day 7 Schedule - 2014 Australian Open|
|Arena (Start Time)||Matchup|
|Rod Laver Arena (7 p.m. ET)||Fourth Round|
|Angelique Kerber (GER)  vs. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) |
|Serena Williams (USA)  vs. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) |
|Fabio Fognini (ITA)  vs. Novak Djokovic (SRB) |
|Rod Laver Arena (3 a.m. ET)||Fourth Round|
|Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)  vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP) |
|Margaret Court Arena (7 p.m. ET)||Fourth Round|
|Tomas Berdych (CZE)  vs. Kevin Anderson (RSA) |
|Hisense Arena (7 p.m. ET)||Fourth Round|
|Na Li (CHN)  vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) |
Matches to Watch
Fabio Fognini  vs. Novak Djokovic 
Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 27 matches with a Round 3 victory over Denis Istomin and will look to continue that form on his way to a fourth straight Australian Open title.
On his way to the top, he usually has to go through fierce rivals, but his Round 4 match will be a little different. Standing in his way is Fabio Fognini—who has a close friendship with Djokovic off the court.
Just because they’re friends, however, don’t think that either one of them will be taking it easy. According to Scott Gullan of the Courier Mail, Djokovic is all business on the court and isn't taking the Italian lightly:
I'm going to try to win against him regardless if he's a friend or not. Of course, I respect him. I have a great relationship with him, real friend relationship for more than 10 years. Once we get on the court, of course we're both professionals, we want to win. He's 15 in the world, he's been playing some really good tennis.
Djokovic is certainly the favorite in this match—and for the entire tournament—but Fognini won't be an easy out.
He's risen 30 spots in the world rankings in the past year and is in excellent form at the moment, including a Round 3 victory over Sam Querrey.
Fognini is going to surprise some folks with his play in this match, but he won’t prove to be anything more than a speed bump to Djokovic.
Stanislas Wawrinka  vs. Tommy Robredo 
This will be the most exciting matchup of the day, as it pits two evenly matched competitors against each other. Stanislas Wawrinka may be the higher seed, but Tommy Robredo has won five of their six head-to-head encounters and has a good chance of continuing to hold the advantage in this matchup.
Wawrinka has strolled through the event so far (two of his opponents retired due to injuries), but that could end up hurting him if he has to deal with some adversity against Robredo.
The Spaniard, on the other hand, has battled to reach the fourth round, totaling 13 sets in his three matches.
This match is too close to call, and you should be sure to tune into one of the closest battles of the tournament so far.
Serena Williams  vs. Ana Ivanovic 
Serena Williams is one of the most dominant forces in any sport at the moment, and she's riding a 24-match winning streak at the moment. Her third-round win set a record for the most wins in Australian Open history, but she's far from done as she has her sights set on her 18th Grand Slam title.
Ana Ivanovic will be the next domino to fall to Williams, and history says that it won't be close. Ivanovic hasn't won a set against Williams in four matches, but the Serbian is on a roll having won the tune-up tournament in New Zealand.
Ivanovic was candid about Williams' dominance but was confident about her chances in an interview with Sports Illustrated:
Serena is on top of the game for so long now. She’s someone we admire actually. It’s going to be very tough task. But I look forward to that challenge. I’ve been playing some good tennis. It’s going to be nice test to see where I’m at.
We'll see if she can pose a serious threat to Williams' title hopes, but witnessing one of the greatest female tennis players go to work is reason enough to watch this match.
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