The line-up for the quarter-finals of the 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles has produced a real mix of players, with 4 of the 8 reaching their predicted position, and the other 4 players all being somewhat surprise quarter-finalists, with three of them being unseeded.
2018 Men’s Australian Men’s Singles Line-Up
Rafa Nadal (1) vs Marin Cilic (6)
Grigor Dimitrov (3) vs Kyle Edmund (Unseeded)
Tennys Sandgren (Unseeded) vs Hyeon Chung (Unseeded)
Tomas Berdych (19) vs Roger Federer (2)
Nadal vs Cilic
Marin Cilic has beaten Rafa Nadal, but you need to go all the way back to their first meeting in Beijing in 2009. Since then, last year’s Wimbledon finalist has lost all 5 of his matches with Nadal, including both matches in 2017. More significantly, perhaps, Cilic has won just one set in those 5 matches, meaning Nadal has won in straight sets on 4 occasions, be it only one of those was a 5-setter. Nadal will surely be keen to conserve as much energy as possible for the semi-finals and final though, and he looks value to win in straight sets.
Nadal 3-0 @ 32/19 Marathon Bet or 17/11 188Bet
Dimitrov vs Kyle Edmund
The pair have met twice before with Dimitrov winning both times, but Edmund made him fight all the way in those 3-set matches by winning the second set on both occasions. The young Englishman also has a power-forehand that can trouble the best of them, and he could easily take a set here. However, Dimitrov’s new-found consistency should see him through as it did in his previous match against what was arguably a harder opponent in Nick Kyrgios.
Dimitrov To Win 3-1 @ 56/19 Marathon Bet
Sandgren vs Chung
Tennys Sandgren was probably only known to the most ardent tennis followers before this week, but the 26-year-old took advantage of an injured Stan Wawrinka in the second-round. However, it’s hard to knock his last-16 win over number five seed Dominic Thiem, even if the Austrian is better on clay than hardcourts. However, even his efforts have been somewhat overshadowed Hyeon Chung who has quickly risen to his billing of the best of the Next Generation by beating Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic in consecutive matches. If those matches haven’t taken their toll, he can make it 2-0 in head-to-heads against Sandgren. However, Sandgren took a set of Chung the last time they met, and this has a look of one of those matches that may go all the way.
Chung To Win 3-2 @ 7/1 Betfair, Paddy Power
Berdych vs Federer
Berdych has beaten Roger Federer 6 times in their 25 previous meetings, but Federer has won their last 8 encounters, and won all four times they’ve met at the Australian Open. Federer will be in no mood to waste energy with another possible final against old adversary Nadal a strong possibility, and I’m surprised you can get odds-against a 3-0 win for Federer.
Federer 3-0 at 23/17 188Bet and Marathon Bet