AUSTRALIAN OPEN DAY 8 - Men´s fourth round preview


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AUSTRALIAN OPEN DAY 8 - Men´s fourth round preview

Andrey Kuznetsov vs Gael Monfils
(Head-2-head: Monfils leads 2-0)
The Russian has had a good run in Melbourne defeating Harrison, Chardy and Sela, reaching his best result ever in a Grand Slam tournament. He is slowing climbing the ranking and this may be a golden opportunity for him.

He faces a recovered Monfils, who is trying to find his way back to the Top. The Frenchman didn’t struggle so far although he hasn't actually faced very strong opponents. He won both their previous meetings last year and he seems to be slightly favourite.

Still, a match where everything can happen.
Prediction: Monfils in four sets Milos Raonic vs Stan Wawrinka
(Head-2-head: Wawrinka leads 4-0)
This match could really give the Australian crowd some high-quality tennis.

Both players are unbeaten in 2016, with Raonic clinching the title in Brisbane and Wawrinka dominating in Chennai. Not only they have won their first tournaments of the season, but they also have a neat path in Melbourne, as they both won their matches in straight sets.

Moya’s arrival on Raonic’s box seems to have given the Canadian some spark in the game, but with this Wawrinka it will be extremely tough to emerge successful. Stan has a particular feeling with Melbourne and he really seems to be the main opponent to Novak Djokovic for the title.
Prediction: Wawrinka in four sets David Ferrer vs John Isner
(Head-2-head: Ferrer leads 6-1)
Current level, ranking and previous meetings favours the Spaniard, who had won 6 out of 7 head-2-head and looked pretty consistent in his first three matches in Melbourne.

Isner, on the other hand, has had some good performance in the Aussie land, especially against Feliciano Lopez, and he aims to equal his best result ever in a Grand Slam tournament, the quarter-finals reached in New York back in 2011.

His chances seems to be very low though, and we expect Ferrer to close it out pretty fast.
Prediction: Ferrer in three sets Bernard Tomic vs Andy Murray
(Head-2-head: Murray leads 3-0)
The last Aussie standing will have to play his best to overcome world number 2.

Tomic reached the fourth round for the third time in his career and he seems to have gained some maturity in his game and awareness of his potential. Despite the good vibes and the support of the home crowd, Andy Murray still seems too strong for the German born.

The Briton looks forward to reaching his fifth career final in Melbourne and take revenge on Djokovic for last year’s defeat. The journey is still long but chances that Andy’s run will end in Monday’s night session against Tomic are very little.
Prediction: Murray in three sets.

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