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

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Australian Open Schedule 2014: Day 10 Matchups, Predictions and Analysis
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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
Court Time (Local) Matchup Predicted Winner
Rod Laver Arena 11 a.m. (first) No. 11 Simona Halep vs. No. 20 Dominika Cibulkova Simona Halep
Rod Laver Arena 11 a.m. (second) No. 2 Victoria Azarenka vs. No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska Victoria Azarenka
Rod Laver Arena 2 p.m. No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 22 Grigor Dimitrov Rafael Nadal
Rod Laver Arena 7:30 p.m. No. 4 Andy Murray vs. No. 6 Roger Federer Roger Federer

Source: AusOpen.com

 

Matchups to Watch

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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.

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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

 

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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.

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