ALL THINGS AUSSIE: Drama-Free Predictions For The Australian Open
The surprise this week was the battle between Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland). Djokovic holds the number one seed while Wawrinka is a lowly 17, and yet their match was so intense it carried on past the five hour mark – by two minutes (but still!) Djokovic ended up winning in the fifth set to advance to the fifth round but it’s safe to say Wawrinka is on everyone’s ‘must watch’ list and he’ll come back next year with a vengeance.
The ladies are coasting along without the drama, which is good for them, but not so great for us bloggers. Maria Sharapova (Russia) and Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) are advancing while those at the bottom of the ladder fall to them and Serena Williams (USA).
My predictions? (For men and women’s singles, only – I’m not a tennis machine, people!)
Round 4 – Federer and Andy Murray will come out on top over Miles Raonic and Gilles Simon respecitvely. The difference between the seeds is too large for an upset. The best match will be between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  and Richard Gasquet . Tsonga is gaining momentum while Gasquet is fading a bit, but he’ll put up a good fight and push Tsonga to at least 4 sets.
The end – Federer over Djokovic in the finals – possibly in straight sets. I’m not Federer’s biggest fan, but blasting a few cocksure youngsters is good for anyone’s ego, which is what he’ll be doing in the days leading up to his meeting with Djokovic.
Round 4 – Williams’ stats are too good to even make her match against Maria Kirilenko a real competition (although, she has been known to flounder, so this is the match I’d watch if I were you). And Azarenka  is playing an unseeded player… who do you think will win that one?
The end – Azarenka will beat Sharapova in five sets in the finals. Like I said… the women’s single’s aren’t nearly as dramatic as the men’s. I don’t expect anything to drastic in the upcoming rounds.
I’m really hoping for some ridiculous upset – like Elena Vesina  winning it all or someone spraining an ankle. But as far as I know, there hasn’t even been a broken racket yet, so the odds are slim to none.
What do you all think? Who will come out on top?
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