Tonight brings the end of the quarterfinal stage in the 2012 Australian Open, and it features two matches on the men's side. One's a blockbuster match featuring the greatest of all time and someone who has beaten him before on the biggest stage. The other is admittedly, a bit lackluster, but has the potential to be very entertaining.
Men's Singles Quarterfinal
Andy Murray vs. Jeremy Chardy
This one isn't the del Potro-Murray quarterfinal that many had hoped for. Chardy, from France, has been playing out of his mind this tournament, and so Murray should have a tough opponent on his hands. However, at the end of the day, Murray's Murray, and is the clear favorite to advance. He just has to play up to his normal level, not have too many lows during the match, and not let Chardy believe he can win. It shouldn't be the most difficult match for Murray, but if Chardy wins a set, especially in the first two, he might believe he can win, Still, Murray in straight sets.
Roger Federer vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
This is the main event of the evening, and it pits two crowd favorites against each other. Tsonga is loved by crowds for his great shotmaking and showmanship, and Federer is consistently the most popular athlete in Australia. Federer is the favorite by virtue of his form here in Melbourne as well as his historical record, but Tsonga is an extremely dangerous opponent. Who can forget the 2011 Wimbledon quarterfinal where Federer took a two set to love lead and then watched passively as Tsonga stormed back to win in five? Federer fans still have nightmares about that match, and Tsonga's huge serve and forehand can take over any match when he's on. For Federer, the draw on paper has been extremely tough, but he's remained focused the entire tournament and been in form, avoiding any potential pitfalls so far. This has the potential to be an epic match, and I'm going with Federer in four thrilling sets.