Rafael Nadal in the third round of the 2020 Australian Open, Melbourne
Rafael Nadal in the third round of the 2020 Australian Open, Melbourne | (Photo by Chaz Niell/Getty Images)

Tennis | Australian Open 2022 | Champions and opportunists look to make history on quarter-finals day

  • Rafael Nadal [6] v Denis Shapovalov [14]
  • Ash Barty [1] v Jessica Pegula [21]
  • Matteo Berrettini [7] v Gael Monfils [17]
  • Barbora Krejcikova [4] v Madison Keys
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Past grand slam champions and opportunists look to make history and reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open on day nine of the tournament.

 

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Rafael Nadal [6] v Denis Shapovalov [14] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Rafael Nadal [6] v Denis Shapovalov [14]  

H2H: Nadal leads 3-1

Australian Open

Melbourne, Australia

Hard (O)

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3rd on Rod Laver Arena (Not before 03:00 GMT)

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Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open has gone much better than he could have hoped for as the Spaniard remains injury-free and for the most part has cruised through his matches to reach the last eight. The Spaniard’s potential achievement of being the player with the most grand slams in history should he win the title in Melbourne has gone fairly unnoticed as the Spaniard looks for more silverware and history in week two.

Next for Nadal is Denis Shapovalov who statistically secured the best win of his career when he dismantled Alexander Zverev in the last 16. The Canadian has been waiting for his big moment at grand slams with Shapovalov almost breaking Novak Djokovic’s stranglehold at Wimbledon last year. Now Shapovalov looks to reach his second grand slam semi-final with a newfound confidence under Andy Murray’s former coach Jamie Delgado. Can Shapovalov finally reach the heights of his potential?

Nadal had good practice facing a lefty when he took on Adrian Mannarino however this will be a different test against a patient yet powerful Shapovalov. The Canadian should give Nadal a real test especially in day-time conditions but the 20-time grand slam champion is expected to edge through and reach a 7th Australian Open semi-final.

Prediction: Nadal in four sets.

 

Ashleigh Barty [1] v Jessica Pegula [21] H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Ashleigh Barty [1] v Jessica Pegula [21]

H2H: Barty leads 1-0

Australian Open

Melbourne, Australia

Hard (O)

Prize Money: A$538,500

4th on Rod Laver Arena (Not before 08:00 GMT)

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World number one Ashleigh Barty was finally broken after holding serve for 63 consecutive service games against Amanda Anisimova in her last match. However the Australian held her nerve to produce another straight sets victory and a place in the Australian Open quarter-finals. Barty’s mixture of slice, power and accuracy has seen her produce irresistible tennis as she looks to win a first grand slam on home soil. Can anyone stop her from winning a third grand slam singles title?

Standing in Barty’s way is Jessica Pegula who is into the Australian Open quarter-finals for a second consecutive year after a stunning victory over Maria Sakkari. The American has solid defence and is very good at transitioning into attacking tennis with Pegula becoming one of the most consistent players on the tour. Now Pegula stands one victory away from the best grand slam singles result of her career.

Pegula will provide the world number one with an awkward test and will make Barty work for every point. However the Australian is on a mission in this tournament and her confident style of play should see Barty reach the semi-finals in Australia and put her within two victories of the title.

Prediction: Barty in straight sets.  

 

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Matteo Berrettini [7] v Gael Monfils [17] H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Matteo Berrettini [7] v Gael Monfils [17]

H2H: Berrettini leads 2-0

Australian Open

Melbourne, Australia

Hard (O)

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5th on Rod Laver Arena (09:30 GMT)

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After an escape from Alcaraz in the third round, Matteo Berrettini produced a cleaner performance against Pablo Carreno Busta to reach the last eight. The Italian has now reached the quarter-finals or better at every grand slam which is proof of his consistency on the tour despite the limitations that his game can bring. Now Berrettini looks to take advantage of an open draw and reach his third grand slam semi-final.

Standing in Berrettini’s way is Gael Monfils who is turning back the clock to produce some of the best tennis of his career. After winning the Adelaide title the Charismatic Frenchman has cruised past the opposition to reach the last eight in Melbourne and has now been presented with a golden opportunity to make his grand slam breakthrough at 35 years old. Can the Frenchman achieve his well-earned grand slam semi-final?

Both players are playing good tennis and should provide the Rod Laver Arena with an entertaining contest. Berrettini edges the match as favourite but there is not an awful lot in it as opportunity at a maiden grand slam awaits the winner.

Prediction: Berrettini in five sets.

 

Barbora Krejcikova [4] v Madison Keys H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Barbora Krejcikova [4] v Madison Keys  

H2H: First Meeting

Australian Open

Melbourne, Australia

Hard (O)

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2nd on Rod Laver Arena (Not before 01:30 GMT)

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Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova continues to be one of the most consistent players on tour since her great run to her first grand slam title last June. The Czech Republican overcame Victoria Azarenka in the last round and now confidence is high that the fourth seed can achieve another dream run in Melbourne.

Next for Krejcikova though is a red-hot Madison Keys who demolished Paula Badosa in the last round and is playing some of the best tennis of her career. The former US Open finalist can beat anyone on her day and when she controls her aggression like she has done then it’s hard to explain why she hasn’t already won a grand slam. Will Melbourne be the time that streak ends?

It’s variety against brute power in this exciting quarter-final match up with both players in confident form. Krejcikova has already had practice when she edged past Jelena Ostapenko however the American will be more disciplined. This should be a spectacular match that will be decided by fine margins.

Prediction: Krejcikova in three sets.    

 

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