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Day 10 Preview: Murray v Ferrer on the spotlight

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Having been there four times before, Andy Murray finds himself within striking distance of an Australian Open final once again. Yet this has been a Melbourne Park campaign like no other for the world No.2.

Usually wife Kim is in the stands cheering him on; instead she is at their home in England preparing for the birth of their first child. And earlier this week, Murray experienced an unexpected emotional upheaval when his father-in-law, Nigel Sears, became ill while watching Ana Ivanovic, the player he coaches.

Murray admits that managing family distractions so far this tournament has left him “drained”, but he is still managing to get the job done on court. He was impressive as he ended the run of Australian hope Bernard Tomic in the fourth round, setting up a quarterfinal clash with Spaniard David Ferrer on Wednesday afternoon.

Murray has won their last five meetings, but the pertinacious Spaniard is never an easy out. At 33, he’s armed with a new racquet and his uncomplicated “I have fun playing tennis” attitude.

Wednesday night’s quarterfinal showcases revitalised Canadian Milos Raonic and flying Frenchman Gael Monfils. After an injury-plagued 2015, Raonic is fit and has made himself into a lean (three kilos lighter), mean, attacking-the-net machine.

Monfils’ win Monday over Andrey Kuznetsov was highlighted by the widely viewed image of him airborne diving for a ball. It resulted in gasps from those who saw it and a cut on his pinkie finger that almost required stitches.

The women’s quarterfinals on Wednesday afternoon feature Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai against Johanna Konta, and Victoria Azarenka versus Angelique Kerber in a rematch of the Brisbane International final won 6-3 6-1 by the Belarusian.

Zhang, 27 and ranked No. 133, is playing her eighth match at Melbourne Park. Konta, 24, is continuing a rise that saw her go from No. 150 to 47 in 2015. “Zhang Shuai is on a bit more of an incredible journey than myself,” the likable Brit said. “She won her first main-draw match at a Slam. That’s an incredibly special moment.”

Azarenka leads the rivalry with Kerber 6-0, with both eager to reach the semifinals after under-performing at 2015 Grand Slams – Kerber didn’t get past a third round, while Azarenka hasn’t reached a Grand Slam semifinal in her last nine tries.

One thing Azarenka, the 2012 and 2013 Aussie Open champion, will be doing this evening is keeping an eye on Monfils-Raonic. “I watch Gael because I know how good he is,” she said. “When he starts doing some Gael stuff it hits me in my heart – like really emotional.”

Acrobatics by the 29-year-old Frenchman are ill-advised in a Grand Slam quarterfinal, but he can’t help himself. “It’s just natural, I do it because I can,” he said.

In a variation of French philosopher René Descartes’ famous “I think, therefore I am,” with Monfils it’s more like “I dive, therefore I am.”

HOT PICKS
Johanna Konta def. Zhang Shuai in three
The 24-year-old Brit, born in Australia and of Hungarian descent, described her 8-6 in the third set win over Ekaterina Makarova on Monday as “one of the more spectacular matches I’ve played.” Against Zhang, it’s not as spectacular but still very competitive.

Milos Raonic def. Gael Monfils in four
Raonic has always had a cannon serve, but now his groundstrokes are more reliable and his volleying has made a quantum leap. Nearing his 30th birthday, Monfils is highly motivated, but Raonic is the form player at the moment.

HEADS UP
David Ferrer is anything but boastful – calling himself the “worst player in the top 100” when he cracked that barrier and then saying the same thing about himself when he made the top 10. The 33-year-old has a lunch-pail mentality… and career prize money of $US28.5 million.

MUST WATCH
Johanna Konta vs. Zhang Shuai
One of these two women is going to be an Australian Open 2016 semifinalist. Whenever there’s that much on the line, it’s intriguing to watch the individual human dramas as people strive for a goal that might have seemed impossible not very long ago.

FUN FACT
Surprise quarterfinalist Zhang Shuai has thought about her post-tennis career. “I really want to have a coffee bar … so welcome everybody, come when I retire,” she joked. Her quarterfinal pay cheque of $A375,000 (or 17,102,702 Chinese Yuan) would certainly be good seed money.

This article was published on ausopen.at

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Champions League Tips Today – Injuries, Suspensions and Possible Line-ups

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Who’s likely to start, who might be left out and who is unavailable? We have brought together all information provided by UEFA, so check our Champions League tips today.

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The football predictions are as always from livetipster. So, before you make your selections you’d better read the injuries and suspensions for the Champions League. We have used several sources to come up with these lists.

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Wednesday 14/04/2021

Dortmund – Man City

Dortmund: Hitz; Morey, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Emre Can, Dahoud, Bellingham; Reus, Haaland, Hazard
Out: Moukoko (foot), Sancho (thigh), Schmelzer (knee), Witsel (achilles), Zagadou (knee)
Misses next match if booked: Can, Haaland

Man. City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gündoğan; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden
Out: none
Doubtful: Agüero (unspecified), Laporte (hip)
Misses next match if booked: Fernandinho, João Cancelo

Football bullet Tip: X at HT at 2.50 – bet365

Liverpool – Real Madrid

Liverpool: Alisson Becker; Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak, Phillips, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Jota, Mané
Out: Henderson (groin), Van Dijk (knee), Gomez (knee), Matip (ankle)
Doubtful: Kelleher (abdominal tear), Origi (muscular)
Misses next match if booked: Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Mané, Milner, Wijnaldum

Real Madrid: Courtois; Odriozola, Nacho, Éder Militão, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Asensio, Benzema, Vinícius Júnior
Out: Ramos (calf), Lucas Vázquez (knee), Varane (illness), Hazard (muscular), Carvajal (hamstring)
Misses next match if booked: Mendy, Valverde

Football bullet Tip: 2-3 goals at 2.10 – bet365

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CSKA Moscow – Panathinaikos preview, prediction and where to watch

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Euroleague basketball predictions CSKA Moscow – Panathinaikos is a makeup game for rould 6 of the Euroleague.

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CSKA Moscow – Panathinaikos

The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season formally comes to a close on Wednesday night when CSKA Moscow hosts Panathinaikos OPAP Athens in a makeup game from Round 25. CSKA (23-10), which has already clinched second place in the standings and a matchup with Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul in the playoffs, will look to build on its five-game winning streak. Panathinaikos (11-22), which has lost eight of its last 10 games, is 16th in the standings and can overtake ALBA Berlin for 15th if it wins.

For CSKA, this game is for protocol only and could be a good chance for Coach Itoudis to spread minutes around. That could still prove to be a winning formula as second-string players try to use every available minute to fight for more playing time come the playoffs. A strong showing on the boards and good sharing of the ball would be the perfect recipe for another CSKA victory.

  • Nikola Milutinov could miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
  • Mike James has been suspended by head coach Dimitris Itoudis.
  • Daniel Hackett will miss this game due to a shoulder injury.

The Greens will be shorthanded since Mario Hezonja is not eligible because he was not yet registered when this game was originally scheduled to be played in February. Accordingly, the Greens will need players like Ben Bentil, Shelvin Mack and Howard Sant-Roos to assist Nedovic in filling the basket to have a shot at finishing the season on a high note.

  • Mario Hezonja is not available to play since he was not with the team on the original date the game was scheduled.

basketball prediction Tip: Panathinaikos Over 77.5 at 1.83 with bet365
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CSKA Moscow – Panathinaikos in the Euroleague Standings

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Champions League Tips Today – Injuries, Suspensions and Possible Line-ups

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Who’s likely to start, who might be left out and who is unavailable? We have brought together all information provided by UEFA, so check our Champions League tips today.

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Tuesday 13/04/2021

Chelsea – Porto

  • In Seville, Spain

Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rüdiger; James, Jorginho, Kovačić, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Pulišić
Out: none
Doubtful: Christensen (hamstring), Thiago Silva (match fitness)
Misses next match if booked: Kovačić, Ziyech

Porto: Marchesín; Manafá, Pepe, Mbemba, Zaidu; Corona, Sérgio Oliveira, Uribe, Otávio; Marega, Taremi
Out: none
Misses next match if booked: Mbemba

Football bullet Tip: 1st goal Porto at 2.75 – bet365

PSG – Bayern

Paris: Navas; Dagba, Danilo, Kimpembe, Diallo; Gueye, Paredes; Di María, Draxler, Neymar; Mbappé
Out: Bernat (knee), Icardi (thigh), Kurzawa (calf), Marquinhos (adductor)
Doubtful: Diallo (illness), Florenzi (unspecified), Verratti (unspecified)
Misses next match if booked: Gueye, Kurzawa, Neymar, Verratti

Bayern: Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Hernández, Davies; Kimmich, Alaba; Sané, Müller, Coman; Choupo-Moting
Out: Lewandowski (knee), Costa (foot), Gnabry (illness), Süle (thigh), Tolisso (thigh)
Doubtful: Roca (unspecified)
Misses next match if booked: Boateng, Hernández, Kimmich

Football bullet Tip: X at 4.20 – bet365

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