Things are heating up in the land down under, both literally and metaphorically. The tournament has already bid adieu to two former No.1’s in Lleyton Hewitt and Venus Williams, who have definitely started 2014 on the right note. Let us take a quick look at some of the big matches lined up on Day 4. Day 4 has the star-studded bottom-half of the Men’s draw in action. Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin Delpotro, Andy Murray, J0-Wilfried Tsonga are all in action. On the Women’s side Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska and Jelena Jankovic will be taking the court. Did I mention Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova are playing too? 🙂
Christina McHale Vs Caroline Wozniacki
This is going to be a total battle with McHale who is making a good comeback from some unfortunate injuries/illness. Wozniacki is trying to find her way back too. McHale is one among a very talented group of American young women who remind me of the Russian WTA revolution around 10 years back! Wozniacki is going to be tough to beat, but I think Christina will give her a good work out!
Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki in 2 tight sets
Rafael Nadal vs Thanasi Kokkinakis
Rafa Nadal has seen off one Aussie player in Tomic. He will have another youngster from the Land of Oz to deal with in his 2nd round match! Kokkinakis, like McHale is a part of a tennis revolution, the Australian ATP revolution that is. His task his much more tougher than what McHale faces tomorrow, though. He has to play one of the Greatest players of our game who is at the very top of his game. Just in case that was not daunting enough, Kokkinakis is coming off a 5th set effort. Good Luck Mr.Kokkinakis. You will be well served to bring the wonderful spirit in which you ended your 1st round match.
Prediction: Rafa to take care of the young man in 3 business like sets.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Vs Thomaz Bellucci
This one is my upset pick for the day. Tsonga is looking great and he does love the energy at the Australian Open, but Bellucci is the kind of player who can give a top player serious trouble Bellucci has had his share of troubles closing out matches, but I think he may just put one across Jr. Ali!
Prediction: Tsonga to win in a 5 set battle
Jelena Jankovic Vs Ayumi Morita
The Asians are showing us why this open is the Australasia Open with some notable performances [check Petra Kvitova]. I expect the Japanese player to give JJ some trouble and possibly even upset her. If Jelena hits her sweet backhand like only she can, she will see off the threat.
Prediction: Jelena will squeak by in 3 sets.
Roger Federer Vs Blaz Kavcic
FEDBERG had a great start in the first round, where Federer started out shaky but then steadied the ship before much damage was done. Against Kavcic, Roger will have to be on his game to prevent this from turning into a battle – something he has not done so well in the last 2 slams. Federer will also be playing outside the RLA for the 1st time in almost 10years, so that could help Kavcic too. All said, this will be another match for those on the new Roger Federer roller coaster. I am expecting a joyful ride for the Federer faithful
Prediction: Mr.Tennis to get through in at most 4 sets!
So, which matches are you watching guys? and what are your upset picks? 🙂