Tuesday morning, 12am
With Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka out of the running, Barty and Kvitova are the highest seeded players left in the top half of the women’s draw and whoever wins will surely be favourite to make the final.
The pair met in the quarter final of last year’s tournament, with Kvitova picking up a convincing 6 – 1, 6 – 4 win before eventually losing out to Osaka in the final. They’ve faced each other three times since then, with Barty winning on all occasions, including a 6 – 4, 6 – 2 victory during the WTA finals last October.
Although Barty has the home town advantage, she’s stuttered a few times so far during the tournament. She lost her very first set 7 -5 against 120th ranked Lesia Tsurenko and dropped the second set of her round four match against Alison Riske 6 -1, before coming back to win 6 – 3 in the third. For her part, Kvitova has dropped just one set all tournament, losing a tie break to Maria Sakkari in her last round.
The crowd won’t like it, but the Czech woman should have enough to repeat last year’s result.
Tuesday morning, 12am
Last year saw Novak Djokovic win a record-breaking seventh Australian Open title, and move up to 16 Grand Slam titles overall. He’s a favourite to retain the title and has beaten Raonic in all nine of their previous encounters. However, the Canadian has been in great form so far this tournament, unlike Djokovic he is yet to drop a set, and knocked out sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round.
Raonic is unlikely to be able to stop Djokovic’s quest for an eight title, but he should have enough to test the Serb and take at least one set.
Tuesday morning, 11am
After getting through his first two rounds with ease, Roger Federer has been made to work hard for his place in the quarter-finals. His third-round five-setter against Australian John Millman lasted over four hours and required him to come back from 4 – 8 down in the final set tiebreak in order to seal victory. His fourth-round clash against Marton Fucsovics should have been a more straight forward affair, but the Hungarian took the first set before Federer battled back to win 3 – 1.
By making the quarter-final, Tennys Sandgren has equalled his career-best Grand Slam performance, knocking out both Italian seeds, Berrettini and Fognini, along the way. Federer should have enough to end Sandgren’s run, but Tennys won’t make it easy.