ATP, 08:30 – Murray v Kyrgios
Their only previous meeting was last August. That resulted in an easy straight sets win for Murray.
Kyrgios has been telling people he can with the Australian Open this year. He has fought hard to reach this point. He has come through a couple of 5 set matches already including a recovery from being 2 sets down to Seppi who had taken out Federer in the previous round.
Murray had an easy draw in the first 3 rounds but faced Dimitrov in the fourth round. He got off to a terrible start and went 3-0 down. Murray came back to take the set. Dimitrov levelled the match in the second set but Murray finished the match in 4 sets.
Kyrgios will obviously have the crowd right behind him. It won’t be the first time Murry has faced an opponent with a noisy obnoxious crowd backing them up. When it comes to irritating, loud mouthed mob of morons you have a long way to go to beat an Aussie crowd. Actually the French are worse but thats another story.
Kyrgios relies heavily on his serve. Murray is one of the best returners on the tour and I expect him to deal well with the bombs that will be flying towards him. He may take a few games to read it though and there is a chance that Kyrgios can nick a set in a tie break.
Murray starts at 1.15 which is low considering we don’t know whether Kyrgios will be inspired in front of his home crowd. Hopefully the Aussie can take the opening set.
Murray to win in 4 sets.
WTA, midnight – Makarova v Halep
Neither player has dropped a set so far and they have both played some in form opposition.
Makarova has beaten Vinci, Pliskova and Goerges while Halep took out Gajdosova and Wickmayer.
It is understandable why Halep is favourite but is perhaps a little low at 1.33 . I would see it as an upset if Makarova were to get the win.
Makarova made it into the top 10 just before this tournament and it is a well deserved career milestone. She should not be underestimated and should keep the match close.
WTA, 01:30 – Bouchard v Sharapova
Three previous meetings have all gone to Sharapova. In their only 2014 match Bouchard managed to take her to three sets for the first time. She took the opening set at the French Open.
Bouchard won her first 3 matches in straight sets including one against Garcia who had found some form in this tournament. Surprisingly it was Begu who took her to three sets. That was in the 4th round.
Sharapova really should have won all 4 of her matches in straight sets but in round 2 Panova took the second set and only lost the third 7-5. Her other three matches were won easily and without drama.
Bouchard made the semi finals last season and has a tough task to defend those points completely.
Sharapova has served reasonably well so far but other than the Panova match he hasn’t been put under pressure. Bouchard will take confidence from their French Open 3 setter and I think we have an excellent chance of seeing a close match and hopefully 3 sets.
Sharapova starts at 1.39 but let’s hope she makes a slow start and loses the opening set. I’ll be backing Sharapova when a set down and topping up if Bouchard takes the set.