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
|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|
Matchups to Watch
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
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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