Australian Open Day 10: Matches to look out for

As the quarterfinal stage of the Australian Open begins on Tuesday, here's a look at some of the exciting clashes in store.

Rafael Nadal will face a steep challenge when he faces Marin Cilic in the quarterifnal of the Australian Open.   -  Getty Images

With the quarterfinal stage of the Australian Open beginning on Tuesday, here's a look at some of the exciting clashes in store.

Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic

Top-seed Rafael Nadal will take on in-form Marin Cilic in the second quarterfinal on Tuesday with both players having gone through tough games in the previous round. The Spaniard was taken to four gruelling sets and fought off a tenacious Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3 in the round-of-16, ensuring he remains World No. 1 after the tournament ends.

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Cilic won his 100th Grand Slam match when he defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) on Sunday.

Elina Svitolina vs Elise Mertens

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina faces strong challenge in Belgium's Elise Mertens in the quarterfinal. Svitolina raced into the last eight with a 6-3, 6-0 demolition of Czech qualifier Denisa Allertova, extending her winning streak at the start of 2018 to nine matches after being crowned the Brisbane International champion earlier this month.

Mertens, on the other hand, became the first Belgian to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open since Kim Clijsters in 2012 with a straight sets 7-6 (7/4), 7-5  win over Petra Martic on Sunday.

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In-form Mertens is making her Australian Open main draw debut and is on a nine-match win streak after making a successful title defence in the warm-up event in Hobart just over a week ago.

It will be interesting to see which one of these two stars will continue their win streak.

Grigor Dimitrov vs Kyle Edmund

Third seed Grigor Dimitrov reached the quarters after a terrific 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (7-4) win over local hope Nick Kyrgios on Sunday and next faces a determined Kyle Edmund.

The 23-year-old Brit is in his first Grand Slam quarterfinal and is also the only British man in this year's field after five-time finalist Andy Murray's injury withdrawal before the tournament.

Edmund will be looking to make amends on Tuesday as he trails Dimitrov 0-2 from their previous encounters.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Carla Suarez Navarro

Still chasing a maiden grand slam triumph, second seed Carolina Wozniacki made the quarterfinals for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over 19th seed Rybarikova.

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Spaniard Suarez Navarro, however, faced a tough challenge in her fourth-round clash with Anett Kontaveit, which she ultimately won 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.

The unseeded 29-year-old has matched her best run at this tournament and will be looking to make her first semifinal when she takes on Wozniacki.


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