Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!
Day 3 has just finished and we are heading into Day 4 of the 2020 Australian Open.
There have been plenty of more or less bigger surprises for now and those should not be the last ones yet.
But first, let’s do a little recap on what has happened in down under so far.
The men’s tour is not as big a surprise as the women’s is.
The four top favourites Novak Djokovic (2, SRB), Rafael Nadal (1, ESP), Daniil Medvedev (4, RUS) and Roger Federer (3, SUI) are still in the tournament, losing only 4 sets alltogether (Djokovic 1, Nadal 0, Medvedev 1, Federer 2).
The biggest surprise in the round of 16 should be the unseeded hungarian Marton Fucsovics, who will be now the big underdog in his upcoming match against Roger Federer.
Furthermore, one may not forget the guys behind the big four:
Dominic Thiem (5, AUT), Alexander Zverev (7, GER), Milos Raonic (32, CAN) and especially home town hero Nick Kyrgios (23, AUS) do all have the weapons to win this tournament when the day is right.
The upcoming matches contain these names and bookies winnig percentages:
Nadal R. (ESP) vs. Kyrgios N. (AUS) 85% / 15%
Monfils G. (FRA) vs. Thiem D. (AUT) 26% / 74%
Medvedev D. (RUS) vs. Wawrinka S. (SUI) 76% / 24%
Rublev A. (RUS) vs. Zverev A. (GER) 54% / 46%
Sandgren T. (USA) vs. Fognini F. (ITA) 41% / 59%
Fucsovics M. (HUN) vs. Federer R. (SUI) 14% / 86%
Raonic M. (CAN) vs. Cilic M. (CRO) 64% / 36%
Schwartzman D. (ARG) vs. Djokovic N. (SRB) 3% / 97%
The women’s AO field this year is a bit different and it is way harder to tell who is coming out on top in the end (besides the fantastic greek supporters).
With Ashley Barty (1, AUS), Simona Halep (4, ROU), Petra Kvitova (7, CZE) and Kiki Bertens (9, NED) there are only four Top10 seeded players in the round of 16.
But we have to talk about some other players who showed some excellent performances so far. Above all, we have wonderkid Cori Gauff (unseeded, USA) who is only 15 years of age. She has not only defeated V. Williams in the first round, no, she was even capable of beating last years AO winner Naomi Osaka in clean sets. Her style of play is so fresh, so unconcerned and fast forward. It is just a joy to watch her and if you have not done so by now, I would highly recommend that.
Also there is 19 year old Iga Swiatek (unseeded, POL) who did not lose a single set so far and definetely has the weapons to reach at least the semis. Last but not least veteran Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (30, RUS) is surprising us all. She has also not lost a set yet and was able to beat number 2 seed Karolina Pliskova on two tiebreaks in the last round. It looks as if she has her nerves under control, which was often one of her biggest issues.
So let’s take a look on what to come on round 4 with some bookie winning percentages:
Barty A (AUS). vs. Riske A. (USA) 83% / 17%
Sakkari M. (GRE) vs. Kvitova P. (CZE) 29% / 71%
Gauff C. (USA) vs. Kenin S. (USA) 45% / 55%
Jabeur O. (TUN) vs. Wang Q. (CHN) 34% / 66%
Kontaveit A. (EST) vs. Swiatek I. (POL) 57% / 43%
Mertens E. (BEL) vs. Halep S. (ROU) 38% / 62%
Muguruza G. (ESP) vs. Bertens K. (NED) 58% / 42%
Kerber A. (GER) vs. Pavlyuchenkova A. (RUS) 46% / 54%
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While ‘sakiras89’ and ‘Andre1966’ managed to carry 4 of their 8 players into this stage of the tournament, ‘daidalostsok’ has brought even 5 players into round 4.
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