From shock wins to walkovers caused by injuries, the first Grand Slam of the Year, the Australian Open, has been as dramatic as a Grand Slam tournament should be.
The first week of the tournament has produced some excitement. And it is largely expected that the second week, which leads up to the final, will be even more exciting.
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In the Men’s Singles category, only eight players are remaining as the quarter-final kicks off this week. With the absence of the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal have been flying the flag high for the top-ranked tennis players. That’s not to say that it has been a smooth ride for them all.
Grigor Dimitrov, over the weekend, knocked out third seed, Dominic Thiem, in straight sets. Thiem, who had pulled off a comeback against Nick Kyrgios in the third round, had no answer for his Bulgarian opponent. You can say that signs of this loss were coming after he struggled against his Australian opponent.
How will he fare against his next opponent?
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For the Regular Customers
While Dimitrov and his next opponent, Karatsev will be clashing for the first time, two familiar foes will try to get the better of each other when they face off later this week. No. 1 seed, Novak Djokovic will, for the 10th time in his career, face Alexander Zverev.
This one is a repeat of the game both players played in the ATP Cup in January. Djokovic won that one by 2 sets to one. That was his sixth win over the German in their nine meetings. The last time Zverev defeated Djokovic was in 2018, and he will be hoping that gets one over the Serbian this time and advances to the quarter-finals.
The Unpredictable Women’s Singles Category
Two unseeded tennis players made it to the quarter-finals of the Women’s Singles Category. That, in some way, summarizes the tale of the tape so far in Australia.
While Ashleigh Barty enjoys playing on home turf, Japanese Naomi Osaka will face one of the unseeded players in Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan. But the clash of the round, no doubt, has to be the one between Simona Halep (No. 2 seed) and Serena Williams (No. 10 seed).
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This will be the 12th meeting between the two players, nine of which have been won by the American. Doesn’t sound very unpredictable. However, for a player who has only dropped two sets in her last four tennis games in the Australian Open this month, this is anything but a straightforward game for both players.