Rafael Nadal is looking to extend his superiority over Tomas Berdych while Andy Murray plans to break local hearts again against exciting teenager Nick Krygios in Tuesday`s Australian Open men`s quarter-finals.
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka says he`s quite happy flying under the radar after easing into the fourth round at the Australian Open on Saturday, nominating Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as title favourites.
Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova survived huge scares after being pushed to the limit at the Australian Open on Wednesday, but Roger Federer had an easier workout in the gruelling Melbourne conditions.
A first-week choke by leading woman Sam Stosur and a grudging loss by ageing men`s warrior Lleyton Hewitt has generally been the blueprint for the home players at the Australian Open, but teenage talent Nick Kyrgios may be poised to buck the trend of local underachievement.
Ahead of the Australian Open main round that starts from Monday, players took out to practice in Melbourne Park in a friendly atmosphere. The conditions have been pleasant and beautiful with several players seen practising alongside some friendly moments.