Dimitrov v Kyrgios, Nadal, Wozniacki Headline Start Of Australian Open Fourth Round
by Staff | January 20th, 2018, 4:43 pm

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.


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

Hisense Arena
Not before 4pm
K. Edmund v A. Seppi

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13 Comments for Dimitrov v Kyrgios, Nadal, Wozniacki Headline Start Of Australian Open Fourth Round

BBB Says:

CSN is basically sporting a mullet.

skeezer Says:

“Being honest, he’s a player that if I don’t play my best, probably I don’t going to win. ”
Being honest? Hahahaha lol, Oh c’mon man, you can beat this guy anytime with your second or third best.

Skeezer Says:

Ok he is making you play your second best, didn’t know the little guy could do that to you. It’s obvious you two don’t fish in the same pond.

Okiegal Says:

I got a pond and I want Rafa to fish in it!! 🐟🐟🐟 Come to Oklahoma Rafa and my son will introduce you to black bass!!


Daniel Says:

Seems Grigor upped his level this match. A set and a break up. Just started watching mid second set, but only concerned is that he made 2 DFs. Serving for 2 sets up.

Schwatz tested Nadal more than I though, it was a 4 hour 4set match?!?!.

Daniel Says:

No, just got broken serving to go up 2-0. Oh Grigor…

Chris Ford Says:

Bleacher Report had a throwaway list of the 5 most fit men. Starting with Federer, then Grigor Dimitrov noting his improvement, Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic, and topping the list as fittest – Rafa Nadal.

A list last year of the 5 quickest players on the men’s side had Djokovic, Nadal, Monfils, Nishikori, and Federer (in part homage to how quick he was 15 years back). Murray was 7th. Monfils has the foot speed but the anticipation Djokovic, then Fed and Nadal have is not there.

Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Sloan Stephens, Dominque Cibulkova, and Wozniacki are the fastest listed females, from 1st to 5th.

Madmax Says:

Wow to Grigor. Slow, slow close.

Wog Boy Says:

What happened, where are the comments from last night or something is wrong with my eyes?

Wog Boy Says:

Ok, found them, wrong thread, not enough sleep.

j-kath Says:

Re. Grigor and Coach….reads different from what TX contributors said – did not see it so confused….anyone???


Wog Boy Says:

Dani was right both times, same as line judge calling Nick’s footfaults. Even Jim Courier noticed that he was surprised line judges were not calling his footfaults before since he does that regularly and wonders if somebody gave a tip to judges where to look when Nick serves.
Nicks box distracts opposition players since boxes are based roughly on the end of service line behind the players chairs, which is pretty close.

j-kath Says:

Taa Wog Boy: Was confusing.

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