Daniil Medvedev, the 4th seed, had a hard time in his 3rd round match versus Filip Krajinovic, losing the 3rd and 4th sets in incredible style. Medvedev cycled in between chewing out himself in Russian, his coach in French, and Krajinovic’s well put volleys in English. In the 5th set, Medvedev kicked back in and won 6 straight video games.
For McDonald to manage an upset, he will require to make use of Medvedev’s natural volatility. Medvedev must have the ability to keep McDonald at bay if he can keep one’s cool and utilize his different shots to pull the American around the edges of the court.
Rod Laver Arena|11 p.m. Sunday
Rafael Nadal vs. Fabio Fognini
Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed, has actually dealt with a little back injury throughout the very first week of the Australian Open. Nevertheless, this has actually not stopped him from rolling previous his opposition without dropping a set. Nadal’s effective topspin shots have actually regularly pressed his challengers around the court, denying them of the time required to enforce their own concepts upon a rally.
Fabio Fognini, the 16th seed, has actually had a roller rollercoaster week. He had a hard time in a five-set contest versus a fellow Italian, Salvatore Caruso, however then dispatched the 21st seed, Alex de Minaur, in simply 3 sets. Fognini, who won a doubles title at the Australian Open in 2015, has actually been to the round of 16 in Melbourne 4 times, and will have a hard time getting rid of Nadal.
Rod Laver Arena|3 a.m. Monday
Ashleigh Barty vs. Shelby Rogers
Ashleigh Barty, the world No. 1, has actually moved through to the 4th round without dropping a set. In her 3rd round success over Ekaterina Alexandrova she played wise tennis, not going for huge shots and enabling Alexandrova to overplay and drawing out 30 unforced mistakes.
Shelby Rogers, an unseeded gamer, has actually reached 2 significant quarterfinals, however has actually never ever won a WTA competition. Her disparity on trip can partly be blamed on burst cartilage in her knee, which needed surgical treatment in 2018.
Barty and Rogers took on in the quarterfinals of the Yarra Valley Classic recently, with Barty winning in a third-set tiebreaker. For Rogers to reverse her fortunes, she’ll require to play strongly without over-hitting, a hard needle to thread.