Day nine of the Australian Open gets underway with world number two Novak Djokovic and world number three David Ferrer in action in what is expected to be an eventful day at the Rod Laver Arena.
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The tournament starts at 12am GMT. Live coverage in the UK is on British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2. Regular updates and live scores are also available on the Australian Open official website.
Djokovic will take on eighth seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals of the tournament in what promises to be the first real test for the world number two. The three time winner and the defending Champion has an enviable 15-2 head to head record against Wawrinka, who last beat him in 2006. However, the Swiss player has improved remarkably over the last 12 months and will provide a much sterner test to Djokovic whose journey thus far has been little more than a saunter.
Djokovic is yet to drop a set this term buit Wawrinka has been in fine form himself,undefeated this year and has come into the tournament on the back of winning the Chennai Open. The Swiss did take the Slovak all the way the last time these two met in the Australian Open last year, where they played out a five set game, while losing the last set 10-8. A similar performance in the sweltering heat may yield a different result and both players are likely to put their best foot forward,
Meanwhile, Ferrer has been well below his best thus far, having had to battle past Florian Mayer in the fourth round, having finally managed to win the match in four sets. The Spaniard lost the first set but managed to take a 3-0 lead in the second seat,only to lose the advantage. However, He managed to sneak past his opponent and qualify for his third quarter final in a row in the Australian Open.
Meanwhile Czech number one Tomas Berdych made easy meal of his game against Kevin Anderson in the fourth round, winning the game in straight sets. The world number seven will be confident given Ferrer's form and will look to put the Spaniard under pressure and make his way into the next round.
In the women's singles, number four seed Na Li from China will take on 28th see Flavia Pennetta in the quarters. The Chinese national had to save a match point Lucie Safarova in the third round but has not looked in much trouble ever since. Meanwhile, Pennetta has been in brilliant form this time around, beating ninth seed Angelique Kerber in the last round in three sets and will be in good spirits coming into the game.
In the other quarter-final, 14th seed Ana Ivanovic takes on 30th seed Eugenie Bouchard,. The Canadian has already beaten Ivanovic in the second round at Wilbledon last year and will be looking to keep up her recent form and pull off yet another upset against the former world number one.