Double Fault – Australian Open Week 1 Review – By Jack Maleham

It’s been an enthralling first week at the Australian Open with plenty of excellent tennis on show and some shocks along the way.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has made his way into his 15th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final. The Serbian number one saw off Paul-Henri Mathieu, Ryan Harrison and Radek Stepanek in straight set victories before overcoming 15th seed Stanislas Wawrinka in an epic five-hour match.

Djokovic was 6-1, 5-2 down in the match before fighting his way back to win 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 12-10.

The world number one will now face fifth seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. The Czech has made his way to the quarter-finals with relative ease having not yet dropped a set.

It will be a stern test for Djokovic especially after such a long and draining match against Wawrinka. However Djokovic is an incredible athlete and goes into the match as favourite.

Roger Federer has also reached the quarter-final stage having also not lost a single set. The Swiss had to overcome tricky encounters with home favourite Bernard Tomic and 13th seed Milos Raonic to set up a quarter-final showdown with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The seventh seed defeated fellow countryman Richard Gasquet in the fourth round.

Britain’s Andy Murray has made his way to the quarter-finals with minimal fuss too. The world number three has won all of his four matches in straight sets including a comprehensive victory over 14th seed Gilles Simon.

Murray will face Jérémy Chardy in the quarter-finals. Chardy caused arguably the upset of the tournament so far when he saw off sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro in five sets in the third round. Although on paper it looks like Murray has the easiest quarter final opponent, Chardy will provide a tough test for the Scot.

The other quarter-final sees an all Spanish affair as fourth seed David Ferrer takes on 10th seed Nicholas Almagro.

Leading the way in the women’s draw is Russian star Maria Sharapova. The world number two has reached the quarter-finals with complete ease, dropping just five games in the process. She passed through the first two rounds without dropping a single game and beat Venus Williams en-route to the last eight.

Sharapova will face fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the quarter-finals after she caused a big upset by beating Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.

World number three Serena Williams has also made it through the first four rounds. Having only dropped eight games the American is well on her way to reaching a third Grand Slam final in a row. She will face Sloane Stephens in the quarter finals.

If Williams defeats Stephens then she could set up a blockbuster semi final match with world number one Victoria Azarenka. The Belarusian has made it to the quarter finals by dropping just one set which came against Jamie Hampton.

The defending champion faces a resurgent Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter finals after the Russian defeated 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki.

The other quarter-final sees world number four Agnieszka Radwanska face Li Na.

There have been upsets aplenty in the women’s draw. British starlet Laura Robson stunned former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the second round by beating the Czech in three sets.

World number nine Samantha Stosur also fell in round two. She was beaten by Chinese world number 40 Zheng Jie while 2012 French Open finalist Sara Errani was knocked out in the first round by Carla Suarez Navarro.

Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals

Novak Djokovic (1) v Tomas Berdych (5)

David Ferrer (4) v Nicholas Almagro (10)

Jérémy Chardy v Andy Murray (3)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (7) v Roger Federer (2)

Women’s Singles Quarter-Finals

Victoria Azarenka (1) v Svetlana Kuznetsova

Serena Williams (3) v Sloane Stephens (29)

Li Na (6) v Agnieszka Radwanska (4)

Ekaterina Makarova (19) v Maria Sharapova (2)

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