The marquee match-ups continue at the Australian Open. The fourth round begins with a blockbuster night encounter featuring home hope Nick Kyrgios against Grigor Dimitrov. The two just met a few weeks ago in Brisbane with Kyrgios winning en route to the title.
“I feel like my level is there,” Kyrgios said of Dimitrov. “He’s had a couple great wins this week. I know it’s going to be tough. He loves the five-set format. He loves playing marathons. He’s played well here in the past. I know it’s going to be incredibly tough, but I’m not going to think about it right now.”
Dimitrov did win twice before, including the Cincinnati final last summer, but after two poor performances from the Bulgarian in wins over Mackenzie McDonald and Andrey Rublev.
Rafael Nadal will figure to have his with Argentine Diego Schwartzman. Rafa, who has won 10 straight in Grand Slam play, is 3-0 against Schwartzman without the loss of a set. But he remains cautious as always.
“Being honest, he’s a player that if I don’t play my best, probably I don’t going to win. He’s a player that have all the shots, big control from the baseline, don’t miss much. He’s able to change directions easy. He’s a player that already played the quarterfinals in the US Open.
“He’s already in the fourth round. Tough one, and I need to play my best.”
Andreas Seppi meets Kyle Edmund and Marin Cilic takes on Pablo Carreno Busta.
Tournament favorite Elina Svitolina seeks her first Australian Open quarterfinal under the lights against Czech qualifier Denisa Allertova.
“I played against her I think once,” Svitolina said of the Allertova. “I know her game. She plays quite flat, so, you know, I know what to expect from her. I’m going to prepare and, yeah, for me it’s important for me to be ready and be 100% with my game and, you know, give myself a chance to play well.”
Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki battles Wimbledon semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova, Carla Suarez Navarro opens Laver against Anett Kontaveit and maybe in the best match of the day, Petra Martic meets Hobart winner Elise Mertens.
SUNDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena
A. Kontaveit (32) v C. Suárez Navarro
M. Rybarikova (19) v C. Wozniacki (2)
R. Nadal (1) v D. Schwartzman (24)
G. Dimitrov (3) v N. Kyrgios (17)
D. Allertova v E. Svitolina (4)
Margaret Court Arena
Not before 12:30pm
P. Carreno Busta (10) v M. Cilic (6)
P. Martic v E. Mertens
Not before 4pm
K. Edmund v A. Seppi
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