2017 Australian Open Day 8

2017 Australian Open Day 8 - Nadal takes on Monfils in fourth round.

2017 Australian Open Day 8 – Nadal takes on Monfils in fourth round.

After the shock exits of the world number ones in both men’s and women’s singles yesterday, one could be forgiven for throwing their hands up in exasperation when asked to predict 2017 Australian Open day 8 results. For what feels like the first time this year, however, things went largely as expected.

Goffin and Raonic Through

Technically David Goffin beating Dominic Thiem could be considered an upset. Thiem is the higher ranked player… but only by a few places. The pair split the opening sets in a tense manner, but once they got into the third, Goffin began to run away with it. The score ended 5—7, 7—6(7—4), 6—2, 6—2, and Goffin progresses through to his first Australian Open quarter final.

In another four setter, Milos Raonic was able to keep his Australian Open dream on track with victory of Roberto Bautista Agut. The score there ended 7—6(8—6), 3—6, 6—4, 6—1. Raonic, now the highest seeded player remaining in the draw, is looking to capture his first Grand Slam after reaching the Wimbledon final in 2016.

Istomin Run At An End

Resurgent Grigor Dimitrov was able to overcome Australian Open fairy tale man, Denis Istomin. Istomin of course being the 117th ranked wild card who knocked out Novak Djokovic in the second round. Istomin looked set to continue his run when he cruised through the first set, taking it 6—2. Dimitrov righted the ship somewhat with a tiebreak victory in the second.

At a set a piece, and after the fantastic run that Istomin had been on, one could be forgiven for routing for Russian underdog. Unfortunately, as the match wore on, injury woes that Istomin had been feeling affected him more. By the end of the match there was little contest. It finished 2—6, 7—6(7—2), 6—2, 6—1.

Nadal Vs. Monfils

With Murray and Djokovic out, and Federer and Nadal sitting at opposite ends of the draw, many (including myself) are already licking their lips at a possible Federer/Nadal final. It’s far from guaranteed, however, and Nadal had to take care of business against the world number six, Gael Monfils.

The naturally gifted Frenchman, an enigma at the best of times, played a confusing game at best. The first two sets left the crowd a little deflated. Nadal easily took them, and it looked very much like the fourteen time Grand Slam champion would be advancing. In the third, however, a switch flipped in Monfils’ head.

He went on to take the next set and make the fourth extremely competitive. It wasn’t enough, however, and Nadal came away with the victory in four. The final score was 6—3, 6—3, 4—6, 6—4.

So 2017 Australian Open day 8 is over. We have our men’s quarter finalists, and some interesting match ups await us in week two. Nadal will take on Raonic in a battle of who-wants-it-the-most. Murray’s conqueror, Mischa Zverev, will come up against Roger Federer in what, on paper, should be an all out feast of attacking tennis.

And then, of course, Stan Wawrinka will continue his hunt for Slam number four against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, while David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov go at it in a battle of the in-form.

Join us tomorrow for day 9!

John Bullock

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