2017 Australian Open Day 10
We’re into day 10 and the remainder of the men’s quarter finals. Rafael Nadal went up against world number three and highest remaining seed, Milos Raonic. Meanwhile, resurgent Grigor Dimitrov went toe-to-toe with David Goffin. This was the 2017 Australian Open day 10.
Dimitrov Vs. Goffin
Grigor Dimitrov has been a story of unfulfilled potential for some time now, and after a bit of a slump in recent years, there were mutterings that his potential might remain just that; unfulfilled. Towards the end of 2016, however, Dimitrov started to find his form again. That carried through to 2017 and, as you can see from his quarter final berth, into the Australian Open.
Goffin, meanwhile, has quietly been one of the more consistently good of the new breed of top players. It was the Bulgarian formerly known as Baby Fed that triumphed. Relatively comfortably, as it turns out, with a final score of 6—3, 6—2, 6—4.
Raonic Vs. Nadal
For most of the last 12 months, Milos Raonic has looked the most likely of the “next generation” to make a break through at the Slams. He reached the final of Wimbledon last year. He pushed the world number one, Andy Murray, to the brink at the World Tour Finals. He has noticeably improved with every tournament, and he looked ready to take that next step.
Unfortunately for the big Canadian, however, this strange throwback Australian Open had other things in mind.
We’re already looking at the strong possibility of a Venus vs. Serena Williams final in the women’s draw, and the with every stage of the men’s, a Federer vs. Nadal final looks more and more likely.
It was close at times. Not so close at other times. But Nadal was able to overcome the world number three in straight sets, 6—4, 7—6(9—7), 6—4.
And that is all for the 2017 Australian Open day 10. Tomorrow we get the first of the men’s semi finals; an all-Swiss affair between Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka. Check back tomorrow for the day 11 break down.