Monday, 20 January 2014

Australian Open 2014 - Day 8

And the French are all out. Well actually the Russians, Germans and Americans all bowed out before them with equally large contingents but minus Sharapova and Williams their contingents looked meagerly in comparison. And, a side note, each of the female quarter finalists are from different countries! Here are some significant results.

Rafael Nadal (Spain) [1]
Kei Nishikori (Japan) [16]

A very valiant effort from the Japanese player. This is easily the most difficult straight sets win Nadal could possibly have imagined. Nishikori shows that he clearly has a bright future.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) [10]
Roger Federer (Switzerland) [6]

This was not as expected, a rather comprehensive win for Federer. Does he have what it takes to capture his fifth Australian?

Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) [22]
Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain)

With this win Dimitrov has announced his arrival. He is finally showing the tennis world that he's ready, now he'll need to show that he's a legitimate contender against Nadal.

Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) [20]
Maria Sharapova (Russia) [3]

This was expected, Sharapova was rusty and Cibulkova was in fine form, congratulations to Cibulkova, she now has reached the QFs or better in every slam.

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