Hello there bloggies!
Yesterday at the Aussie Open was crazy. Number one seeds? You lost…you’re out. Anyone really could win these tournaments. Will the craziness continue? I sure hope so 🙂
Let’s take a look at today’s matchesL
Dominic Thiem vs David Goffin
These two grinders have been bubbling under the surface of the ATP for a bit now. Their head-to-head is 4-3 in Goffin’s favor. Thiem won their biggest match last year in the French quarters, but Goffin beat Thiem in the Aussie 3rd round last year. So who wins this match? Who the hell knows? I’d give the edge to Thiem because he has more weapons to take charge of points…and because I’ve become a massive Thiem fan recently (not biased at all). But one thing I do know is that we will have some loooong, physical points and this match will take a bit to get through. Get settled in if you are watching this one.
Gael Monfils vs. Rafael Nadal
Oh man, this could be fun. Nadal is showing flashes of his past brilliance, especially after physically and mentally outlasting the other Zverev in 5 sets in the previous round. Monfils loves a big stage to put on a show, and you don’t get bigger than a match with Nadal. Now Monfils will put on an entertaining show, but it’s so hard to believe that he will actually put it all together to get the win. I’m going with Nadal in four. Remember fade that pick (Thank you Garbage Time 😛 ).
Serena Williams vs. Barbora Strycova
Serena Williams is and always will be the favorite of any tournament she’s in. And even more so with Kerber leaving Melbourne and the amazing performances she’s put in the first three rounds. Meeting her there is one of the hottest players to start the season Barbora Strycova. Strycova will throw everything at Serena, and I think keep these sets close. But there will be only two of them as Serena presses on to yet another record.
Daria Gavrilova vs. Karolina Pliskova
The biggest threat to Serena is probably Pliskova with her massive serve and big groundstrokes. Pliskova struggled in the last match winning 10-8 in the third set in a scrappy performance. If Pliskova plays like that again, Gavrilova will ride the home crowd to the win. I see this going three sets, but I think Pliskova finds a way through to the quarters
Jennifer Brady vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
And in today’s feel good story, we have number 116 Brady vs. number 79 Lucic-Baroni. One of these ladies will earn a berth into the quarterfinals. Holy crap! That’s why I love tennis. Anything can happen and anyone can take advantage of it. Love seeing a college player work her way into the pro circuit like Brady has, and it is always fantastic to see Lucic-Baroni do well in her second career after escaping her abusive father. Good on ya ladies!! Keep it going!
Those are the matches I’m looking at for Day 8. What are you looking for? Let me know in the comments below or on twitter @DrFsThoughts.
Enjoy the tennis!