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Australian Open Schedule 2014: Day 8 Matchups, Predictions and Analysis

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to Alize Cornet of France during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2014

The 2014 Australian Open is already shaping up to be one of the wildest tournaments of the year, and the remaining schedule indicates that the chaos will continue as the Grand Slam heads into Day 8.

With Serena Williams eliminated on Day 7 and several of the top names struggling to find a rhythm, the remaining schedule for this year’s Australian Open promises to be an unpredictable showcase that should see a wild finish.

Here is all of the vital viewing information for the event, all of the Day 8 games and the matchups to watch. 

 

Where: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia

When (local): Monday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. 

When (U.S.): Sunday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN2, Tennis Channel

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Draws: Men'sWomen's 

 

2014 Australian Open - Day 8 Schedule
CourtTime (Local)MatchupPredicted Winner
Rod Laver Arena11 a.m. (First)No. 3 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 20 Dominika CibulkovaMaria Sharapova
Rod Laver Arena11 a.m. (Second)No. 2 Victoria Azarenka vs. No. 13 Sloane StephensVictoria Azarenka
Rod Laver Arena11 a.m. (Third)No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 16 Kei NishikoriRafael Nadal
Hisense Arena1 p.m.No. 8 Jelena Jankovic vs. No. 11 Simona HalepJelena Jankovic
Margaret Court Arena1 p.m.No. 22 Grigor Dimitrov vs. Roberto Bautista AgutRoberto Bautista Agut
Hisense Arena4:30 p.m.No. 4 Andy Murray vs. Stephane RobertAndy Murray
Rod Laver Arena7 p.m. (First)No. 6 Roger Federer vs. No. 10 Jo-Wilfried TsongaJo-Wilfried Tsonga
Rod Laver Arena7 p.m. (Second)No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Garbine MuguruzaAgnieszka Radwanska
Source: AusOpen.com

*Complete schedule via AusOpen.com.

 

Matchups to Watch

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18:  Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates winning his third round match against Feliciano Lopez of Spain during day six of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by
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No. 4 Andy Murray vs. Stephane Robert

After continuing to deal with the recovery from back surgery, Great Britain’s Andy Murray has once again recaptured his elite form and has dominated the 2014 Australian Open thus far.

He's won in straight sets in each of his first three matchups in this Grand Slam tournament, and a meeting with a talented player like Stephane Robert in the fourth round will be a great test for British player.

The successful run this far has included beating Go Soeda in the first round, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3; Vincent Millot in the second, 6-2, 6-2, 7-5; and No. 26 seed Feliciano Lopez in the third, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-2.

If Murray wants to win this tournament and start 2014 on the right foot, he must continue to regain the elite form he showed when he won Wimbledon. Robert is a talented player, but the stage has been set for Murray to steal the show.

Prediction: Murray defeats Robert, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: Rafael Nadal of Spain serves in his third round match against Gael Monfils of France during day six of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Ge
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No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 16 Kei Nishikori

The No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world right now is Rafael Nadal. While No. 16 seed Kei Nishikori is a talented athlete who deserves credit for making it this far in the tournament, Nadal is playing at an elite level that few competitors can match.

Despite having a tough path to the championship, Nadal beat the underrated Bernard Tomic in the first round after his challenger retired; utterly dominated Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2; and took down the popular No. 25 seed Gael Monfils in straight sets in the third, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3.

The tough road to the Grand Slam title will continue, as Nadal will take on Nishikori in the fourth round.

Nadal has been playing well along the baseline and his return has been strong, but it's been his ability to withstand the heat and use his elite cardio to outperform his competitors that has made the difference thus far.

Prediction: Nadal defeats Nishikori, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1

 

*Stats and scores via AusOpen.com.

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