By Jake Davies

  • Novak Djokovic [14] vs Gael Monfils
  • Ashleigh Barty [18] vs Camila Giorgi
  • Garbiñe Muguruza [3] vs Su Wei Hsieh
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – The rest of the second round matches wrap up on Day  Four, and we have our pick of the best action.


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Novak Djokovic [14] vs Gael Monfils H2H: Djokovic leads 14-0

The pick of the Men’s matches is none other than Novak Djokovic in his second match back from a long-term elbow injury where he meets the mercurial Gael Monfils. It is hard to believe that a matchup that took place in a US Open semi-final will be played out as early as the second round of a major. These two players are two of the greatest movers that we have seen on a tennis court. They both have changed the way defensive tennis is viewed with their ability to make not just three or four, but five or six extra balls, but I still think Djokovic edges this match. Unlike Monfils, Djokovic knows when to play aggressive baseline tennis and when to use his defensive skills to win a point. They do have notable similarities but Djokovic does most things a bit better than the Frenchman. Also the Serbian has never lost an ATP level match against Monfils (14-0 overall head-to-head)

Prediction: Djokovic in three sets


Ashleigh Barty vs Camila Giorgi H2H: Barty leads 2-0

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The night session begins with Australian No.1 Ashleigh Barty taking on Italy’s Camila Giorgi in a tasty-looking second round match. It is a battle between two players that go about their business in very similar ways. Neither player really tries to show too much emotion on court, but their game styles are world’s apart. Barty tries to utilise as many different speeds and spins and uses the full repertoire of shots she has at her disposal and that’s why she excels on both the singles and doubles court. Giorgi is very different. She likes to hit the ball with as much velocity as possible regardless of what position on the court she is, but she has that one way of playing and firmly sticks to that mentality. With her current coach Andrei Kozlov, she’s looked to improve her appreciation for the appropriate shot selection, which could take her game to a greater height.

Prediction: Barty in three sets


Garbiñe Muguruza vs Su Wei Hsieh H2H: First meeting

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Garbiñe Muguruza has been on the brink since the beginning of the season. I think the level of tennis she is playing is better, but the injury concerns are not going away and she faces a tricky, awkward and uncomfortable opponent in Su Wei Hsieh. We saw just how disruptive Hsieh can be to her opponent’s game when she beat Johanna Konta at last year’s Roland Garros. When you are having an off day and are struggling to find your rhythm against her and she really does make every single shot a difficult one, because she plays very different to the other players on the WTA Tour. She’s difficult to prepare for.

I think Muguruza will come out with the victory, but I expect this to be a very long match ,which will require the two-time slam champion to dig very deep.

Prediction: Muguruza in three sets




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