ROD LAVER ARENA
Exactly where are the potential upsets on Sunday? I suppose that the capable but less than spectacular Ekaterina Makarova could take out fellow lefty Angelique Kerber in the opening match. but that’s improbable given that Kerber just got over a major mental hurdle in teen Madison Keys and is due to give a counterpunching clinic. She will here and win in straight sets, but one set will be quite close.
Will Kei Nishikori ever really break out, and by really break out I mean best a solid and strong player such as David Ferrer and then reach a Slam semi? Perhaps, but not this time around. I don’t think Ferrer has been at the top of his game yet, but he hasn’t had to be, which is actually a god sign because it means that he has a lot left in the tnak. I get the sense that Nishikori will zone for two sets, but that will be all before the Spaniard makes his knees hurt. Take Ferrer in five.
Kirsten Flipkens has really found herself and is lot of fun to watch with her heavy slice and net charges, but she better keep the ball super low and deep against Maria Sharapova or she