The Australian Open men’s singles event is now up to the semi-final stage with one semi final played today and the other tomorrow. To see the schedule of play for exactly what time these matches are being played click this link -> Australian Open 2010 Schedule of Play.
Below you will find the seeded players whose names have a line drawn through them because they were defeated in that section of the draw. The player’s name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win.
- (1) Roger Federer versus (10) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (3) Djokovic
- (4) del Potro (14) Marin Cilic versus (5) Andy Murray (2) Nadal
The winners of the semi-finals are guaranteed 1,050,000 Australian dollars in prize money and 1400 ATP ranking points. The players who get knocked out earn 400,000 Australian dollars and 900 points.
The match up between Murray and Cilic is played today and it appears as though Murray has the advantage due to his 3 wins to 1 loss head to head record over Cilic and his great form in disposing of his opponents far more easily than Cilic has. Murray displayed great tennis to take out Nadal in the quarter finals without dropping a set whereas Cilic has struggled through 3 long 5 set battles to make it this far.
Cilic has shown his fighting spirit in overcoming his more fancied opponent’s including knocking out 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro and former World No.1 and US Open champion Andy Roddick.
The last match between Murray and Cilic was a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 win for Cilic in the US Open just gone. The circumstances were similar, Murray showing great form in earlier matches and being the favourite to make the final if not win the US Open yet as many may argue here.
Cilic dismantled Murray at the US Open and is another young and fast improving player just like del Potro, so given Cilic beating Murray last time and only lifting his game in 2010 the 1.98 metre Croatian is extremely hard to bet against in this match.
Despite the general consensus that Murray will win you must consider that even though Murray looked great against Nadal, Nadal gives you the time to play more aggressively including attacking the net. Whereas Murray will have a tougher time to get on the front foot especially on Cilic’s service games due to Cilic being a far more attacking player than Nadal. It should be a great match and let’s see if Murray can steel himself enough to beat his less experienced, lower ranked and younger opponent!
Cilic who is pictured above just after making contact with the ball with his double handed backhand drive has achieved his career best result at a Grand Slam singles event and will also improve his career high ranking (currently No.13) regardless of the outcome of today’s match.
For more coverage and information about the 2010 Australian Open on this tennis website click this link -> Australian Open 2010: Jan 13-31.
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