Australian Open – Day 8 Men’s Notes

Round of 16 Top Half – Featured matches

No. 1 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v No. 15 Marin Cilic (CRO)
No. 4 Robin Soderling (SWE) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
No. 5 Andy Murray (GBR) v No. 11 Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
No. 7 David Ferrer (ESP) v (Q) Milos Raonic (CAN)

On court today…

  • The remaining 2 male players who are making their debuts at this year’s Australian Open are in action today. Dolgopolov and Raonic are bidding to reach the quarterfinals for the first time. The last male player to reach the quarterfinals on his debut here was Nicolas Escude in 1998.
  • Nadal only trails 4 active players in previous head-to-head meetings – one of which is today’s opponent. The only time the two players have previously met was at 2009 Beijing, which Cilic won 61 63. Can the Croatian stop Nadal from winning his 4th consecutive Grand Slam title?
  • 3 of the 4 players to reach the round of 16 without dropping a set are in action today. Murray, Nadal and Soderling join Wawrinka in advancing to this stage in straight sets. Murray and Soderling have yet to drop a set in 2011.
  • If No. 8 Andy Roddick wins his night match against No. 19 Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday, there is a chance that the Top 8 seeds could all progress to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam event for the first time in the Open Era. The last time the Top 8 seeds reached the quarterfinals at a major was at 1960 Wimbledon.
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