Australian Open – Day 7 Men’s Notes

Round of 16 Bottom Half - Featured matches

No. 2 Roger Federer (SUI) v Tommy Robredo (ESP)
No. 3 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v No. 14 Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
No. 6 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v No. 9 Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
No. 8 Andy Roddick (USA) v No. 19 Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)

On court today…

  • The Spaniards have set an Open Era record for the most Spanish men through to the round of 16 at the Australian Open. 4 players are through to this stage already and it could be 5 if Rafael Nadal defeats Bernard Tomic in the night match on Saturday. They are now looking to set a record for the number of Spaniards into the quarterfinals: the Australian Open record is 3 players (in 1997), and the Grand Slam record is 4 players, at 2003 Roland Garros.
  • One of the Spanish men in action today is Tommy Robredo. He is the only unseeded player through to the round of 16 in the bottom half of the draw. He faces Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena. Can he stop the Swiss from progressing one step closer to defending his title?
  • The other Swiss man to start in the main draw here is Stanislas Wawrinka. If both Swiss players win their matches today, they will set up the first all-Swiss Grand Slam quarterfinal clash in the Open Era. It would also be the latest stage of a Grand Slam that 2 Swiss players have met – the previous best is the round of 16, when Federer defeated Wawrinka at 2010 Roland Garros.
  • No. 8 Andy Roddick stands in Wawrinka’s way. The American is the only player from outside Europe in action today. He is also the only American man through to the round of 16 after John Isner fell to Marin Cilic in the 3rd round. 
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One Response to “Australian Open – Day 7 Men’s Notes”

  1. Really looking forward to the Roddick/Wawrinka match! Not a popular pick, but I’m going with Wawrinka in 4 tough sets.

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