It's Australia Day, the day Aussies celebrate the landing of the First Fleet with Captain Phillip and the convicts.
We have arrived at the quarterfinals. MadProfessah's picks are here and here.
For today's bottom half matchups, I'm going with Rafael Nadal in four, Marin Cilic in four, Justine Henin in three, and Zheng Jie in three.
For Roddick to avoid the upset, he's going to have to block out his knee pain and hope that his experience can carry him through if Cilic tightens up at the end of sets as he did against Juan Martin del Potro.
If Murray is to have a chance of dismissing a man determined to defend his title.... Scratch that. He has no chance. Oh, he'll make it interesting and give Rafa's fans a few strokes, but he has no chance.
Miss Nadia will have to win in straights -- which I believe she can, here's hoping she does, too -- and MariaK's going to have to believe she belongs in the final four of a Slam.
Who you got?
Order Of Play For Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Rod Laver Arena 11:00 Start Time
1. Women's Singles - Quarterfinals
Justine Henin (BEL) v. Nadia Petrova (RUS)
2. Women's Singles - Quarterfinals
Jie Zheng (CHN) v. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
3. Men's Singles - Quarterfinals
Andy Roddick (USA) v. Marin Cilic (CRO)
Rod Laver Arena 19:30 Start Time
1. Men's Singles - Quarterfinals
Andy Murray (GBR) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)