British number 1’s Johanna Konta and Andy Murray will both have their eyes on the quarter final vacancies on Monday at Melbourne Park’s Australian Open. The Scottish player, four times runner-up at Melbourne Park’s Grand Slam tournament, extended his train wreck run-over of Australia’s finest to 17 official ATP matches after dispatching the big-serving Aussie, Sam Groth in a second round knockout. He now has a much-improved view of his prospect that may extend his winning streak on Monday that will see him taking on the 16th seeded Bernard Tomic. He reached his 20th successive Grand Slam 4th round in this year’s Melbourne tournament after his defeat of Portugal’s Joao Sousa this past Saturday.
Tomic broke through to the 16th round in Melbourne for his third time after defeating John Millman and became the last surviving Australian male player at this year’s tournament. Tomic suffer defeat in three out of three of the two antagonist’s previous matches, which includes September’s Davis Cup. The world’s number two will be the favourite to continue advancing; despite the impending birth of his first child testing the dad-to-be’s focus, as well as his father in-law’s worrying collapse. The winner of this upcoming match will take on either America’s John Isner or Spain’s David Ferrer.
Johanna Konta defeated Denisa Allertova to celebrate being the first female British national reaching the 4th round after 29 Union Jack free years and resultantly will face off against Ekaterina Makarova. Konta aims to create new history in this year’s Melbourne tournament. Ranked as number 47 she has already equated Jo Durie’s performance at the Australian Open of 1987, faced 21st seeded Makarova, and defeated her in Eastbourne.
Bernard Tomic is planning to attack Andy Murray in their clash in the Australian Open. Tomic is drawing inspiration from Andy Murrays shock defeat to Kevin Anderson at the US Open last year as he prepares to face Murray on Monday.