Two Canadians looked to make the last eight of the Australian Open namely seasoned campaigner Milos Raonic and young up and comer Felix Auger Aliassimme. Both failed in their bids but were defiant to the end. Milos took a set off the World number 1 Novak Djokovic but succumbed to old fashioned hard court cutting down 7-6 4-6 6-1 6-4. Milos is not the quickest player on tour but he utilizes his strengths very well. He places the ball such that the opponent’s return is weak enough to get to with minimum effort. Novak found this out in the first set, which went on serve all the way to a tie break. Milos doing well to stave off break point serving at 4-4(30-40) with great serving and ball placement. What ultimately did him in in the tie break was a rush of blood to the head missing an overhead which missed the baseline first point of the breaker. He missed another forehand for 3-0 Novak.
Milos labored in his service games, and as is known the guy who works hard to hold normally is the loser of a match. He faced 11 break points but to Raonic ‘s credit he only lost 3 of them. His only break of serve in the match came at 2-2 with a monster forehand which Novak could only watch. He would go on to win the set 6-4. The third was another story all together.The Serb rampant in double breaking Milos for a 6-1 win . The Canadian fared much better in the fourth and final set. The set went on serve until the ninth game with Milos serving at 4-4. A calamitous service game saw him down 0-40. He brought out his ARSENAL OF SHOTS to bring it to 30-40 but he disappointingly found the net cord with a seemingly easy backhand. 5-4 to Novak, he could smell the quarter finals. Novak held on for the victory to book a mouth watering encounter with German Sasha Zverev.
Russian Aslan Karatsev joined compatriot Daniil Medvedev into the last eight defeating Felix Auger Aliassimme in a five set thriller. Racing to a two set to love lead, the youngster Felix looked a shoe in for the quarters. His biggest weaponry, speed and shot selection with placement. Aslan started to hit the ball well making Felix run chase lost causes. The Russian winning more points on the first serve than the Canadian , the key to his victory.