The Australian Open quarter-finals conclude on Wednesday and big guns Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev will be hoping to set up a last-four rumble.
Second seed Alcaraz meets German world number six Alexander Zverev in the quarter-final while Medvedev, runner-up at Melbourne Park in 2021 and 2022, takes on giant Pole Hubert Hurkacz.
If successful those two will renew their rivalry in the semi-final, where Alcaraz should be looking to exact his revenge on Medvedev for his four-set defeat at the same stage of last season's US Open.
The women’s event has been less predictable and the top half of the draw features four players that are all bidding to make their maiden Grand Slam final.
Teenage talent Linda Noskova, who upset world number one Iga Swiatek in the third round, takes on Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine, while Qinwen Zheng, the only seeded player still standing in that section of the draw, prepares to face Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya.
Carlos Alcaraz to win 3-0 v Alexander Zverev @ 5/4
Pressure tends to bring out the best in the elite and that has certainly been the case for two-time Grand Slam champion Alcaraz, who is getting better with every round.
The Spanish superstar has claimed two major titles despite being only 20 years of age and there is every chance he could add this season’s Australian Open to his growing tally.
By his own admission, Alcaraz was almost foot perfect in this last-16 win over Miomir Kecmanovic, where he eased to a 6-4 6-4 6-0 success, and he has been broken only once across his four tournament successes.
Zverev has had a rougher passage to the final eight and has had to come through two fifth-set tie-breaks - outlasting Lukas Klein in round two and then repeating the trick against Cameron Norrie in the last 16.
So with Alcaraz growing in belief and serving superbly, backing a routine victory for the Spanish second seed is the approach to take. After all, he did prevail 6-3 6-2 6-4 when they locked horns at this stage of the US Open last year.
Over 39.5 games in Hubert Hurkacz v Daniil Medvedev @ 8/11
The cream has risen to the top in the third quarter of the men’s draw with third seed Medvedev meeting ninth seed Hurkacz and it could be quite the battle.
This is only the second Grand Slam head-to-head between the pair but the first encounter at Wimbledon in 2021 went all the way to five sets and lasted 48 service games.
A hard-court encounter may favour Medvedev, a two-time Australian Open runner-up and a specialist on the faster surface, but it is unlikely to be an easy ride.
Medvedev has dropped sets in three of his four victories so far and he found himself two sets down against Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round.
Hurkacz required a deciding set of his own in round two against Jakub Mensik and, with five of their six career meetings featuring at least one tiebreak, these players may be in it for the long haul in this quarter-final.
Linda Noskova to win 2-1 v Dayana Yastremska @ 11/4
This is uncharted territory for both 19-year-old Noskova and Yastremska, a 23-year-old from Ukraine who has had to win seven matches - three of which were qualifiers - to reach this quarter-final stage.
That could lead to a nervy affair, with a three-set contest looking likely, but it is Noskova that would be fancied to reign supreme in the end.
The Czech teenage talent upset world number one Swiatek in the third round and she was a double-break to the good when Elina Sviotlina retired hurt in their last-16 showdown.
Yastremska is surely soon going to feel the effects of such a gruelling tournament and, interestingly, six of Noskova’s last nine wins have come in a third and final set.
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