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In the Tramlines:
After last night's epic match between Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, the fourth round concludes tonight with some great matches. On the women's side, Serena and Azarenka look to continue their march to the semifinals, Caroline Wozniacki is looking to rise back up to the top, and Sloane Stephens is looking to make her mark. The men's side is no less exciting. Two extremely talented Frenchmen meet, Federer faces an extremely tough test, and Andy Murray is looking to clean up the carcas that is Gilles Simon. Let's take a look at all of the matches tonight.
Men's Singles Round of 16
Jeremy Chardy vs. Andraes Seppi
With Chardy's defeat of del Potro, this mini section of the drap opens way up. For Seppi, this is a golden opportunity. Chardy injured his knee in the victory over del Potro, and in his doubles match yesterday, he received a lot of treatment for it. Seppi in 4
Gilles Simon vs. Andy Murray
Simon might possibly have hurt everything in his body in his anti-epic against Gael Monfils. It's hard to believe he'll have anything left against Andy Murray, who matches up well against him even when he is at full strength. Murray in 3.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Richard Gasquet
This is the popcorn match of the evening. Both Frenchmen are great shot makers, and both have a very eye pleasing game. If Tsonga can keep the match on his terms, and impose his power, it's his to lose. However, Gasquet is great at defending, and if he can draw Tsonga into long rallies he can cause a lot of problems. This one should also be very entertaining because of both players' mental weaknesses. Anything can happen, and it should be really fun to watch. Tsonga in 5
Roger Federer vs. Milos Raonic
Federer's run of potential giant killers continues with Milos Raonic, the young up and coming Canadian. Raonic has kept it quite this tournament, winning his matches efficently. He'll come in looking to dictate play against Federer, especially with his forehand and serve. The biggest thing to watch will be Raonic's return. If he can return effectively, which is his weakerst shot, then he can cause Federer problems. If Federer just cruises on his serve, however, then the pressure will go back to Raonic. I do expect a lot of tiebreakers tonight, and some great ball striking. Federer in 4.
Women's Singles Round of 16
Victoria Azarenka vs. Elena Vesnina
Azarenka looked extremely vulnerable against the American Jamie Hampton, and Vesnina looked really good against a tough Sara Errani. I think Azarenka will pull it together for this one, but I do expect it to be competitive. Azarenka in three, due to her experience and mental toughness
Caroline Wozniacki vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova
Every once in awhile, Kuznetsova rises from wherever she lays, and makes a deep run in a tournament. She's been playing great, in the same form that won her a couple majors. Wozniacki is completing a comeback run of her own. After being written off, she's back to playing some really good tennis. This should be a compeititve match, but I'm taking Wozniacki. This and the US Open are her best events, and without any pressure, she's playing more freely. I also don't trust Kuznetsova yet, and it seems like she should regress back to the norm. Wozniacki in three
Serena Williams vs. Maria Kirilenko
The future Mrs. Ovechkin has been playing great tennis this week, and against most other players she'd be the favorite. However, Serena is playing like the Serena of old this week, even with the ankle scare that took place a couple rounds ago. Serena should win this. It might be tough, but I still say Serena in two going away
Sloane Stephens vs. Bojana Jovanovski
Other than Serena Williams, Stephens is the only American left in either draws. In the third round she won a very tough match over Laura Robson, and fortunately, due to upsets, she gets Jovanovski in the fourth round. The Serb is a very tough opponent, but Stephens is ranked higher and should beat her. She's streaky, but she was able to hold on during her last round match and win. I'm going with Stephens in three, setting up an All-American quarterfnal.
BEST OF MAXIM
Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic nearly hit a ballboy in the side of the head with a return of a serve from Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's fourth round Australian Open match.
It appears that the ballboy at the side of the net was able to turn his head at the last second and the ball deflected off the bill on the side of his cap. We're guessing...
Novak Djokovic took down Stan Wawrinka this weekend in a fairly incredible five-set match, and during the same match he also took down a ballkid. Check out the below video of Novak returning a serve, but the shot goes far right and nailed a ballkid in the head. The poor ballkid was in the crouch position and so focused on his job that he didn’t have the proper time to react...
Novak Djokovic wrapped up his victory at the Australian Open on a sweet note.
A master at playing to his audience, Djokovic came with several boxes of chocolates to his post-match news conference and then played host as he distributed them to a room packed with journalists.
''Please, take two,'' Djokovic said, offering his box of treats to one reporter at a time...
GOING THE DISTANCE
Novak Djokovic channeled his inner-Hulk on Sunday immediately following his narrow 5-set victory over Stanislas Wawrinka 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10. Both players wound up leaving the court exhausted after the fourth-round match took over five hours to complete. But in the end, it was the "The Joker" who prevailed.”Give him credit, he made me run all over the court...
WHATEVER IT TAKES
Czech Republic tennis pro Radek Stepanek tried to distract No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic from throwing a forehand slam by turning his back and sticking out his rear end during Friday's third round Australian Open match. It happened in the second set as Stepanek approached the net and hit a poor volley to Djokovic. As Stepanek had no chance of stopping a forehand slam by Djokovic...
Video: Unleash the beast!
Stanislas Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic took to Rod Laver Arena for their fourth-round match to cap off the the night session of Day 7 of the 2013 Australian Open. Because Wawrinka has had a tendency to not play his best on the biggest stages, it was supposed to be yet another Djokovic romp. He had put on vintage performances in his first three matches, and this one against the Swiss...
Djokovic timed his swings exquisitely for most of a four-set quarterfinal win.
Never having lost to quarterfinal opponent Tomas Berdych on a hard court, world #1 Novak Djokovic must have brought plenty of confidence into their encounter. Questions surrounded the defending champion’s condition following his narrow escape from Stanislas Wawrinka in the previous round. But he...
James Crabtree is currently in Melbourne Park covering the Australian Open for Tennis Grandstand and is giving you all the scoop directly from the grounds.
Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka embrace after their epic five-setter during the fourth round of the Australian Open
By James Crabtree
MELBOURNE — The epic night match Rod Laver Arena yearned for was delivered.
The contest featuring...
Tonight the top half of the men's draw plays their quarterfinal matches, and both matches are very highly anticipated. About three days ago, this half of the draw looked mundane, with Djokovic supposed to roll. Now, with Wawrinka's calliant effort against Djokovic, the other three compeitiors have gained a bit of hope. Let's look at each of these matches.
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 20, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – The Australian Open produced it’s greatest match of 2013 and one of the best in recent times as Novak Djokovic triumphed over Stanislas Wawrinka in a five hour and three minute thriller on Rod Laver Arena that ended just after 1.30am on Monday morning.
The 1-6, 7-5, 6-4,,6-7(5), 12-10 epic was an incredible demonstration...
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 22, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia - Novak Djokovic progressed through to the Australian Open semifinals after winning his quarterfinal match against fifth seed Tomas Berdych 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in two hours and 31 minutes on Tuesday night.
Djokovic is guaranteed to retain his No. 1 ranking at the end of the tournament after advancing to the semifinals...
Tomas Berdych is set to take on Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open
By Evan Valeri
The upcoming 2013 Australian Open quarterfinal match between Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych marks the thirteenth time the two players will face off. Out of the previous twelve matches the Birdman was only able to capitalize once, taking out the Serb in straight sets during...
We pushed each other to the limit. But in the end I lost and the disappointment is there and the disappointment is enormous. But I do think it’s also the most accomplished match I’ve ever played.
--Stan Wawrinka after losing to Novak Djokovic 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 12-10 in an epic fourth rounder at the Australian Open
Awesome effort, Stan.
[Photo(s) credit: AP]
In light of Novak Djokovic’s hard-fought 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10 victory over the 15th seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday, I’ve decided to rank the most epic tennis Grand Slam matches of the last five years. Tennis fans have been treated to some incredibly intense matches in a very short amount of time, so let’s count them down...