Sharapova v Kerber, Federer v Gasquet Saturday At Australian Open
by Staff | January 19th, 2018, 4:41 pm

The temperature may be cooling but the action is only heating up at the Australian Open. On a packed Saturday night schedule, the tournament will see the premier women’s match between Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova leads 4-3 over the German in this meeting of former Australian Open champions. Kerber has won the last two but Sharapova won easily in their only Australian Open meeting in 2012.

“It’s another tough match here,” Kerber said Thursday. “We both played in the past a lot of good matches. I know that I have to play my best tennis again. I think it will be a good match. She played very good the last two here.

“I’m just looking more about me, like how I will prepare, just playing my game from the first point, just of course trying to do my best.”

World No. 1 looked good despite a left ankle injury in her last round win over Eugenie Bouchard. Today, she’ll meet Amercian Lauren Davis.

And Australian favorite Ash Barty battles the hard-hitting Naomi Osaka. Two-time semifinalist Agnieszka Radwanska is also in action against Hsieh and Madison Keys is also on court.

For the men, Roger Federer will look to improve to 17-2 over Richard Gasquet. The Swiss hasn’t dropped a set in two matches so far in his title defense. He’s won 9 straight in Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic returns against lefty Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Djokovic had dominated the Spaniard winning all four. But we have yet to see the Serb be pushed in this comeback. Maybe Ramos-Vinolas will.

And Juan Martin del Potro locks up with Tomas Berdych. Del Potro has won 5 from 8 against the Czech.

“It’s going to be a difficult, difficult challenge to me,” del Potro said. “Tomas is one of the players who has the power to beat all the guys on tour. When he’s feeling good, he’s very dangerous guy. I will try to feel better for that match and then see if I am still winning.”

Elsewhere, Alexander Zverev meetings Hyeon Chung in a NextGen clash and Dominic Thiem takes on Adrian Mannarino.


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26 Comments for Sharapova v Kerber, Federer v Gasquet Saturday At Australian Open

Daniel Says:

Jess, how many times will Halep serve for the match before actually winning it? It was 4 times already, bizarre!

Wog Boy Says:

This match is a proof that women can and should play five set matches, at least SF & F or so.
They heve enough games in this match for full four sets plus few games left for fifth set, as I said, technically Halep and Davis played full five set match, but it’s really frustrating to be Halep fan, how many times she served for the match, five? Good Lord, I feel for Cahill.

Van Persie Says:

Yeah..paying the prize now for wishing Giorgi to push for a 3st set 2 days ago, so that Federer has a very late match….Halep did it today. Thank you, Halep. Lol
Davis was the better player.

Van Persie Says:

^^ good that I was up only for the last set…which lasted for more than 2 hours, I guess…back to bed now.

jatin Says:

This Aus open is very exciting to follow. Be it the return of “Sleeveless” Nadal or the Novak Djokovic’s back to form.
From what I have seen, Rafa is playing some real good tennis, blasting every opponent he has played so far. Novak is no less either, he has showed the glimpse of the NOVAK who has dominated this tournament this decade.
But the guy who has impressed me the most, is Nick Kyrgious. He looks like a completely different person to me on court, while his on court mannerism remains the same, his attitude towards playing tennis has changed a lot, he looks much more mature this time around and playing some amazing tennis. We all know what kind of talent he possesses, his shot making, his serve, he can beat the very best with his game. He is my favorite among the Zverev and thiem generation as far as playing tennis is concerned. Lets see how far he goes, I feel like he could reach all the way to the semis atleast.
The one person I am least concerned about right now, is ofcourse my Favorite Mr RF. He is preserving every bit of his energy he can while cruising through the rounds. He has gone through the hardest draw possible last year (Berdych, Nishikori, Stan, Rafa), so I know if he is healthy, injury free and on his game he can go all the way again. I just tend to enjoy his tennis without constantly worrying about the result while watching him these days. His match against Gasquet should be good.
There is one match i am most eagerly waiting for today, and that is Berdych vs Delpo. It should be an absolute cracker.

Willow Says:

Jatin nice to see you here, lovely post too ….

jatin Says:

Thank you willow.
Its nice to see you too. How’s going ?

Its weekend, so I could watch all the matches today and tomorrow.
Are you following Zeverev vs chung match ?
Chunk has just broken the spirit of Zverev with his consistent baseline play. Another upset on cards.

Van orten Says:

DElpo in mega trouble… new service by berdych . Looks better is better

Margot Says:

ANGEEEEEE! Fabulous tennis and, am I imagining it, but isn’t her serve suddenly miles better? What a difference a couple of months make.

Daniel Says:

Wo, woke up and full of upset. How long we’ll keep placing Zverev late in Salsm and before he actually delivers? He still hasn’t gone beyond R16 in any Sla,. I know Chung has game but to beat him 6-0 last set?

And did not see DelPo been trashed by Berdych. Thought it would be closer but no the way it was. So, if Fed beats Gasquet (just broke to close second set) none of the top 4 players remaining on this side if the draw has any blockbuster R16, maybe Berdych x Foggnin. Thiem plays Sandgren; Djoko x Ching and Federer x Fucsovics.

Guess Djoko x Thiem QF and Fed x Berdych will be.

Wog Boy Says:

36 years old draw is really loaded, no?
I don’t even know the name of the player he’ll play against on monday:))

RZ Says:

To me the craziest result from the day may be Berdych winning so easily over DelPo.

Margot and Willow – yay for Angie! Dominant win too.

Daniel – I picked Sasha to make the fourth round (which is the furthest I have ever picked him for a grand slam I think). And even predicting a mediocre slam result, I got burned by him.

Daniel Says:


Specially as Berdych lost sets n both his 2 first rounds. But Delpo was spent after that R2 match.

I picked the same regarding Zverev. Consider him beating Novak due to Djoko’s doubt elbow, but than I just couldn’t. Picked him to lose there as well. Same with Thiem, just couldn’t pick him beating Djoko in a HC Slam, not at AO.

Federer got broken in a long game, unnecessary as he had several game points, when he was serving 4-2 to go up5-2. Gasquet last won a set on HC over Federer in 2006, so still don’t see him in trouble, but he should be closer to finishing this match by now.

Daniel Says:

Think Kerber is the favorite now, final between her and Pliskova. Maybe Wozniac could surprise but not reliable to me. Same with Halep.

Daniel Says:

He rights the ship in the ending breaking to close under 2 hours. R3 complete.

Nadal, Federer and Djokovic looking like the favorites. Fed x Djoko semis if it happens should be great.

Eager to Dimi x Kyrgios now. Too bad its the first night match, 6 am for me is too early for Sunday. Hope is a long one so I get the end.

Margot Says:

Thanks AM. Really interesting and that magic word “confident” is great to hear.

AndyMira Says:

M!..You’re most welcome Boss!!..Oh!btw…have u already read this??

Yeehaa!!…Can’t wait for Andy to return!!

BBB Says:

The fashion this year leaves a lot to be desired. Those flowy womens shorts are from the 80s and would be best left there. Nike’s flesh-colored outfits manage to be unflattering on every single skin tone.

BBB Says:

@AM – thanks for the video. One thing I really like about Cliff Drysdale is that if he were calling the match, he’d no doubt put up a side-to-side video of her serves so we could see the difference. But I’m glad to see her playing so well.

AndyMira Says:

BBB…hehe…You’re most welcome!!…i’m also very happy to see Angie found her mojo back BBB…It’s about time!…U know what?I think been able to beat Maria today give her a very big boost & confidence going forward..just like in Sydney last week…she beat Venus in 3 hard sets in 2nd round and then won her matches in easy straight sets even in final…And she’s also in a 12 winning streaks atm…Woohoo!!

Willow Says:

Hi Jatin sorry for the late reply, as ive been at work and only just seen your post, i havent actually seen much tennis only a little this morning before heading off to work, just seen the results though Federer and Nole through in straights sets, Novak still suffering a bit though from what i gather, dissapointed about Zverev as i picked for the final goodness knows why though ?, wont see Rafa tomorrow either as im working tomorrow too, but ill be free all next weekend for the finals yippee ….

Willow Says:

RZ yeah super happy about Angie, who seems to be nearing the form that won her the title two years ago ….

Willow Says:

Dissapointing about Aga though :-(

Madmax Says:

Interesting about the heat:

Australian Open organisers have defended the decision not to stop play for extreme temperatures during the tournament after player criticism.

Temperatures on day five reached 40C in Melbourne while six-time champion Novak Djokovic called conditions “brutal” and “right on the limit” on Thursday.

Officials said they “came close” to enforcing their heat rule on Friday which would have halted play.

Director Craig Tiley said: “We are, at the end of the day, an outdoor event.”

He added: “We want it to stay an outdoor event as long as possible but at the same time ensuring that the health and wellbeing of players is taken care of.”

Madmax Says:

Well done Maestro!

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