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Day 8 Preview: The 4th Round Is Completed

Written by Brandon Lawrence on .

After last night's epic match between Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, the fourth round concludes tonight with some great matches. On the women's side, Serena and Azarenka look to continue their march to the semifinals, Caroline Wozniacki is looking to rise back up to the top, and Sloane Stephens is looking to make her mark. The men's side is no less exciting. Two extremely talented Frenchmen meet, Federer faces an extremely tough test, and Andy Murray is looking to clean up the carcas that is Gilles Simon. Let's take a look at all of the matches tonight.

Men's Singles Round of 16

Jeremy Chardy vs. Andraes Seppi

With Chardy's defeat of del Potro, this mini section of the drap opens way up. For Seppi, this is a golden opportunity. Chardy injured his knee in the victory over del Potro, and in his doubles match yesterday, he received a lot of treatment for it. Seppi in 4

Gilles Simon vs. Andy Murray

Simon might possibly have hurt everything in his body in his anti-epic against Gael Monfils. It's hard to believe he'll have anything left against Andy Murray, who matches up well against him even when he is at full strength. Murray in 3.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Richard Gasquet

This is the popcorn match of the evening. Both Frenchmen are great shot makers, and both have a very eye pleasing game. If Tsonga can keep the match on his terms, and impose his power, it's his to lose. However, Gasquet is great at defending, and if he can draw Tsonga into long rallies he can cause a lot of problems. This one should also be very entertaining because of both players' mental weaknesses. Anything can happen, and it should be really fun to watch. Tsonga in 5

Roger Federer vs. Milos Raonic

Federer's run of potential giant killers continues with Milos Raonic, the young up and coming Canadian. Raonic has kept it quite this tournament, winning his matches efficently. He'll come in looking to dictate play against Federer, especially with his forehand and serve. The biggest thing to watch will be Raonic's return. If he can return effectively, which is his weakerst shot, then he can cause Federer problems. If Federer just cruises on his serve, however, then the pressure will go back to Raonic. I do expect a lot of tiebreakers tonight, and some great ball striking. Federer in 4.

 

Women's Singles Round of 16

Victoria Azarenka vs. Elena Vesnina

Azarenka looked extremely vulnerable against the American Jamie Hampton, and Vesnina looked really good against a tough Sara Errani. I think Azarenka will pull it together for this one, but I do expect it to be competitive. Azarenka in three, due to her experience and mental toughness

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova

Every once in awhile, Kuznetsova rises from wherever she lays, and makes a deep run in a tournament. She's been playing great, in the same form that won her a couple majors. Wozniacki is completing a comeback run of her own. After being written off, she's back to playing some really good tennis. This should be a compeititve match, but I'm taking Wozniacki. This and the US Open are her best events, and without any pressure, she's playing more freely. I also don't trust Kuznetsova yet, and it seems like she should regress back to the norm. Wozniacki in three

Serena Williams vs. Maria Kirilenko

The future Mrs. Ovechkin has been playing great tennis this week, and against most other players she'd be the favorite. However, Serena is playing like the Serena of old this week, even with the ankle scare that took place a couple rounds ago. Serena should win this. It might be tough, but I still say Serena in two going away

Sloane Stephens vs. Bojana Jovanovski

Other than Serena Williams, Stephens is the only American left in either draws. In the third round she won a very tough match over Laura Robson, and fortunately, due to upsets, she gets Jovanovski in the fourth round. The Serb is a very tough opponent, but Stephens is ranked higher and should beat her. She's streaky, but she was able to hold on during her last round match and win. I'm going with Stephens in three, setting up an All-American quarterfnal.

 


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