We are down to 8 men and to the finest 8 athletes in men circuit as they have proved in the last 9 days. The first Grand Slam of the year brings with it an air of excitement and fills the lives of every tennis fan with thrill and joy yet again as it is the first important tournament after the year-end break.
First week brought us a lot of memorable moments like Gael Monfils jumping around the court in vintage superman style and many emotional moments like Lleyton Hewitt calling it a day at the office for the last time. However, the greatest moments are yet to come as we approach the quarter-finals stage. Let us break-down each fixture to analyse what lies beyond the names and what we can expect in the next days.
1. Novak Djokovic Vs Kei Nishikori
Novak Djokovic has been crowned the champion of Australian Open at 5 occasions. Novak is also the defending champion. This is no surprise as he had posted some mind-boggling numbers last year and won almost everything he put his finger on.
He is the top seed and is scheduled to play the Japanese number one Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals. Novak has been in a good form parting his fourth round match against Simon in which Novak committed 100 unforced errors. But having survived the scare Novak will want to forget his fourth round performance and concentrate more on his terrific performance last year and pick up from there.
Kei Nishikori, on the other hand, has made it to the quarters at an expense of just one set. In his fourth round match, Kei played some impressive tennis to take out the powerhouse Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.
With his experience, skill and confidence, Novak should win this quarter-final encounter and move one step closer to clinching his 6th Australian Open crown.
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