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After eight days and 240 matches, we’ve lastly reached the cash rounds of AO 2019: the quarterfinals are upon us.

The stage at which the stakes turn into readily obvious for all concerned, the eight gamers left in every draw are formally over half-way to a grand slam title. A win right here and you can begin dreaming. A loss, and also you’ll be left to rue what might’ve been.

From legends to younger hopefuls, from comebacks to shock packages, Tuesday’s 4 matches have one thing for everybody. Learn on for a better take a look at every quarterfinal.

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All matches on Rod Laver Enviornment (12:30 pm begin)

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [22] v Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) [14]

From a possible 2018 males’s remaining rematch to, nicely… these guys, it’s a battle of celebration poopers when Bautista Agut and Tsitsipas sq. off. That stated, there’s nonetheless purpose to hope this celebration might be simply as entertaining, as Agut’s mixture of counterpunching and massive forehands may very well be an attention-grabbing problem for the all-out assault supplied by Tsitsipas. Undoubtedly the favorite, Tsitsipas’ serve will hold the scoreboard stress firmly on the Spaniard, whereas his net-rushing ought to do likewise in particular person factors, but when the Spaniard is ready to put him in two minds with the occasional well-angled go, he may have the ability to finally flip the match in his favour. Nonetheless, the best way he’s taking part in you need to anticipate Tsitsipas to win, however not earlier than Bautista Agut takes a set.

Not earlier than 2:30pm

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Danielle Collins (USA)

The quarterfinal everybody noticed coming, both Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Danielle Collins get to formally declare the title of “AO 2019 Cinderella” with a win right here. An exceptionally robust match to select, Pavlyuchenkova has the benefit of this being her fifth profession main quarterfinal, having downed two top-ten opponents (Kiki Bertens and Sloane Stephens) on the best way, but whereas 2014 and ’16 NCAA singles champ Collins could also be a first-timer right here, however is available in purple scorching, having simply demolished Angie Kerber 6-Zero, 6-2 with a ruthless show of attacking tennis. A extra measured attacking participant herself, Pavlyuchenkova ought to look to play a extra side-to-side recreation that asks Collins to discover a successful angle earlier than the Russian can near internet, however don’t be stunned if the American retains her scorching streak going and easily hits her off the courtroom. Both means, don’t fear in regards to the lack of star energy, this must be a really enjoyable encounter.

Evening Session (from 7:00pm)

Petra Kvitova (CZE) [8] v Ashleigh Barty (AUS) [15]

A lady carrying the hopes of her nation, Ash Barty is Australia’s final remaining hope of a house champion, and extra importantly, the one factor holding alive Uber Eats’ provide of $2 Huge Macs so long as there’s an area within the match. Now she will get Petra Kvitova, her conqueror within the Sydney remaining eight days in the past, and a well-liked outside-choice for the title who has merely run by her competitors to date. That stated, in Sydney Barty nearly beat the Czech, and her sharp serving, tactically astute recreation ought to bother her once more right here, as she ought to have the ability to management the tempo and course with a mixture of slice and well-placed pictures. Whether or not it’s sufficient to cease Kvitova from getting her licks, it’s exhausting to say, however that awkwardness mixed with a closely pro-Barty/Burger crowd is perhaps sufficient to trigger the upset.

Frances Tiafoe (USA) v Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2]

With wins over Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dimitrov en path to his first main quarterfinal, it’s been a feel-good match for Frances Tiafoe, however that each one ends now as he has the unenviable job of stopping a red-hot Rafael Nadal. Straight-up demolishing Tomas Berdych in his fourth rounder, Nadal appears to be like like probably the most in-form participant of the match, and with Tiafoe struggling bodily in his personal R16 tussle with Grigor Dimitrov, the percentages would appear to be stacked towards the younger American. If Tiafoe is to have any shot at successful this, he merely can’t afford to get into the identical slugfest he did with Dimitrov, and meaning he’ll must take huge cuts on the ball early and infrequently, hoping he can elicit weak responses from the Nadal forehand and end factors with authority. Can he do it? Completely. For 5 units although? Unlikely.



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