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Australian Open Men’s Singles Round of 16 Results:
In the main draw of the men’s singles event at the 2010 Australian Open the 4th round matches have been completed and now only 8 players remain. These 8 players are guaranteed 200,000 Australian dollars in prize money and 500 ATP ranking points for making the quarter finals.
In the top half of the draw all 4 remaining players are seeded players with Roger Federer defeating No.22 seed Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to set up a quarter final against No.6 seed Nikolay Davydenko.
No.3 seed Novak Djokovic pictured above can become the World No.1 when the next ATP rankings are released on February 1st if he wins the Australian Open. Federer would have to lose his quarter final match for Djokovic to overhaul him. This is a real possibility because Federer has lost his last 2 matches in a row against his quarter final opponent and both in very recent tournaments.
Djokovic made his 3rd straight Australian Open quarter final by defeating the unseeded Lukasz Kubot of Poland 6-1, 6-2, 7-5. By doing so the 2008 Australian Open champion set up a rematch of that final against No.10 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
Tsonga’s 9 games to 7 fifth set victory over No.26 Nicolas Almagro was Tsonga’s 1st ever 5 set match of his career. The 3 hours and 33 minute victory will most likely take an edge off Tsonga and give Djokovic the physical advantage leading into their match. Tsonga leads 4-2 in their past matches.
Davydenko is in the form of his life and is on a 13 match winning streak which includes 2 ATP World Tour titles the 2009 ATP World Tour Finals in London and the Qatar Open in Doha where he beat both Nadal and Federer twice each. Davydenko made his 3rd Australian Open quarter final by defeating Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in 3 hours and 57 minutes 6-2, 7-5, 4-6, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3.
The player’s name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win.
The Quarter Final draw is:
(1) Roger Federer versus (6) Nikolay Davydenko
The winner to play the winner of…
(3) Novak Djokovic v. (8) Soderling (10) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
(4) del Potro (14) Marin Cilic v. (7) Andy Roddick
The winner to play the winner of…
(5) Andy Murray v. (2) Rafael Nadal
In the bottom half of the draw all 4 remaining players are seeded players with No.5 seed Murray defeating No.33 seed John Isner 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-2 to make his 1st Australian Open quarter final and become the 1st British man to do so since 1985.
Any remaining player could win the title but Murray seems overdue, it is getting to the stage where if he cannot break through soon he may not break through at all.
No.2 seed and defending Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal won in 4 tough sets with the 2 metre 8 centimetre tall Croatian Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Nadal will be looking to add another Grand Slam Singles title to his current tally of 6 on the slowest surface for the year other than his beloved clay at the French Open. Nadal leads 7-2 in his past matches with Murray and of the past 4 matches they split 2 wins each.
The youngest player remaining is No.14 seed Marin Cilic who made his 1st Grand Slam Quarter final at the 2009 US Open and now has achieved his best result at the Australian Open. Cilic defeated current US Open champion No.4 seed Juan Martin Del Potro in 5 sets 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 displaying a high level of tennis.
Cilic won his 2nd straight Chennai Open in India immediately prior to this event. His youth and rapid improvement make it a very tough task for Andy Roddick but Roddick’s experience especially in long 5 set matches may sway this encounter his way. Roddick and Cilic are tied with 1 win each against each other.
Roddick can never be counted out and though he seemed to be out played he won an intense match against No.11 seed Fernando Gonzalez in 5 sets 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. The match could have gone either way over the 1st 4 sets and a fantastic array of shots and a great variety of ways in which the points were played.
When Roddick challenged a call on set point in the 4th set it was ruled “in” the chair umpire awarded the set to Roddick. However, Gonzalez definitely had a play on the ball so according to the rules the point should have been replayed.
Despite Gonzalez arguing the chair umpire incredulously ruled that he thought Gonzalez had no play on the ball. From that point on Gonzalez only put in a small effort and was unable to be mentally tough enough to put that call out of his mind. It always a huge disappointment when officials, tour and event organisers fail the game of tennis.
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