Thankfully it’s now a lot cooler here in Melbourne, something that both the players and those of us watching are pleased with!
The heat may have been the talking point in the first week of the tournament but now it is all about the players, and although there have been some shocks in the women’s draw, for the men things are progressing pretty much as we expected.
Seven of the top eight seeds are through to the quarter-finals, and from there I expect the top two players in the world to reach the final.
Djokovic v Wawrinka
Novak Djokovic faces the tougher quarter-final against the eighth seed Stanislas Wawrinka, but there is little doubt in my mind that Djokovic wins this, that’s for sure.
He’s priced at 1.11 to beat the Swiss, but a better bet would be the 3.60 on him to win 3-1.
Wawrinka has improved a lot in the past year and I think he can win a set, but I also think that Djokovic is too good and will overcome that blow to win the match comfortably and book a place in the semi-finals of a tournament he is defending.
Nadal v Dimitrov
It is all set up for Djokovic to meet Rafael Nadal in the final, and I expect Rafa to overcome Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in his last eight match.
This isn’t to say that Dimitrov will be beaten easily, as I think he’ll cause Rafa some problems, but the 1.58 on a 3-0 win for the Spaniard looks good to me.
Ferrer v Berdych
The other Spanish player in the last eight is David Ferrer, but I think his run will come to an end as he faces Tomas Berdych.
The Czech is 1.70 to win the match but I think he will do so in four sets, which is available at 4.10.
In the women’s draw we’ve seen exits for Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, but that is the great thing about women’s tennis, it can be so unpredictable.
Having said that, I like Li Na to win her quarter-final against Flavia Pennetta in straight sets at 1.80, and I think Ana Ivanovic will beat Eugenie Bouchard to reach the last four too.
But to win the whole tournament, you have to back the favourite Victoria Azarenka at 2.00.
She has won here in the past two years, and with no Williams or Sharapova around she has a great chance to make it three in a row, and I think she will.