Australian Open Schedule 2014: Day 10 Matchups, Predictions and Analysis

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2014

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates a point in his fourth round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during day eight of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The 2014 Australian Open has been full of upsets as crowd favorites Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic were eliminated from contention earlier than anyone would have expected, if at all.

The landscape has shifted for the year’s first Grand Slam, and the focus has turned to the schedule and matchups for Day 10.

With huge names like Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka, Andy Murray and Roger Federer all taking the court, the action during the quarterfinals will make this one of the most memorable days of the event.

Here is all of the vital viewing information for the event, all of the Day 10 games and the matchups to watch. 

 

Where: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia

When (local): Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. 

When (U.S.): Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN2, Tennis Channel

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Draws: Men'sWomen's 

 

2014 Australian Open - Day 10 Schedule
CourtTime (Local)MatchupPredicted Winner
Rod Laver Arena11 a.m. (first)No. 11 Simona Halep vs. No. 20 Dominika CibulkovaSimona Halep
Rod Laver Arena11 a.m. (second)No. 2 Victoria Azarenka vs. No. 5 Agnieszka RadwanskaVictoria Azarenka
Rod Laver Arena2 p.m.No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 22 Grigor DimitrovRafael Nadal
Rod Laver Arena7:30 p.m.No. 4 Andy Murray vs. No. 6 Roger FedererRoger Federer
Source: AusOpen.com

 

Matchups to Watch

Jan 25, 2013; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Roger Federer (SUI), right, shakes hands with Andy Murray (GBR) after their match on day twelve of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.  Murray won 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Pierre Lahalle/Presse
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No. 4 Andy Murray vs. No. 6 Roger Federer

The best matchup of the tournament thus far will be the marquee battle between No. 4 seed Andy Murray and No. 6 seed Roger Federer. As two of the biggest names in the sport, there is plenty of intrigue surrounding this match.

Murray cruised through the first three rounds, beating Go Soeda, Vincent Millot and No. 26 seed Feliciano Lopez in straight sets before struggling a bit in a victory over Stephane Robert in the fourth round.

As well as Murray has played, Federer looks to be performing just as well. After standing tall over James Duckworth, Blaz Kavcic and Teymuraz Gabashvili in the first three rounds respectively, Federer stopped longtime foe Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.

With both men playing at an elite level and the action taking place in the first Grand Slam of 2014, the quarterfinals battle between the top men will be one of the most anticipated matchups of the entire tournament.

Let’s hope it lives up to the hype.

Prediction: Federer defeats Murray, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20:  Victoria Azarenka of Belarus plays a backhand in her fourth round match against Sloane Stephens of the United States during day eight of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2014 in Melbourne, Austr
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No. 2 Victoria Azarenka vs. No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska

No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka has been one of the most dominant players in the entire tournament and will look to continue her success in the quarterfinals by stopping the red-hot No. 5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

Azarenka dominated the first four rounds, running through Johanna Larsson, Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova, Yvonne Meusburger and No. 13 seed Sloane Stephens. She won each of those games in straight sets.

While Radwanska has played well, she is not at Azarenka’s level.

As if her play during the 2014 tournament wasn’t enough to make her the favorite in this match, let’s remember that Azarenka is the two-time defending Australian Open champion and will be looking to defend her crown once again.

Prediction: Azarenka defeats Radwanska, 6-4, 6-2

 

*Stats and scores via AusOpen.com.