Australian Open 2019: Round 4 review and QF predictions

If the first week was relatively short of surprises and stories, already the second half has begun with some spectacle.

We lost the women’s champ at the weekend of course, but Wozniacki’s failure was no shock and her opponent no slouch!

Instead Sharapova was just one of many household names, tournament favourites and former champs to have been dumped out over the weekend as the fourth round played out.

Whereas an ageing Federer – far from his best – losing against guaranteed future star Tsitsipas in truly world-beating form was no surprise, it did have significance.

Don’t be surprised if the great Swiss retires this year – the decision to play on the clay proves as much – a sad way to kick off a farewell tour however.

Surprises came elsewhere in the form of Bautista-Agut’s defeat of 2018 finalist Cilic in his third five-setter so far, Zverev’s tantrum tainted dismissal by a scary-looking Raonic and Rafa’s demolition of Berdych who himself was looking incredible.

On the women’s side we had Ashleigh Barty’s quite brilliant performance against Screamapova in one of the matches of the tournament. The Australian’s performance was eclipsed by that of Danielle Collins of who I admit I know precious little. The American swiped aside Angelique Kerber for the loss of just two games – unplayable stuff really.

As Svitolina battled once again to sneak past Keys and Osaka surviving another scare from Sevastova the final story came this morning in a match worthy of the women’s final.

Serena truly showed her talents against Halep in a three set ding dong contest which had it all. The Romanian wasn’t given a chance in the first set, so clinical was the American frequently swatting away second serves with ease. The world number one proved her quality as she found her first serve and gained the momentum with some masterful down the line stunners. It was nip and tuck in the third but Serena raised her game and prevailed.

Quarter Final predictions

Djokovic Vs Nishikori: Novak in 3

Raonic Vs Pouille: Raonic in 4

Bautista-Agut Vs Tsitsipas: Tsitsipas in 4

Nadal Vs Tiafoe: Rafa in 3

Williams Vs Pliskova: Serena in 3

Osaka Vs Svitolina: Osaka in 3

Kvitova Vs Barty: Kvitova in 2

Collins Vs Pavlyuchenkova: Collins in 2

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