Andy Murray and Bernard Tomic will be going head-to-head for the fourth time in their careers when they battle for a quarterfinal spot at the Australian Open on Monday. Murray is sweeping the head-to-head series 3-0, including 3-0 on hard courts and 7-0 in total sets. They most recently faced each in the 2015 David Cup World Group semifinals, with Murray benefiting from home-court advantage in Great Britain and cruising past the Australian 7-5, 6-3, 6-2. Check out the Murray vs Tomic Head to Head results.
This time around it is Tomic who is playing at home. The 23-year-old has generally fared well Down Under–both in Melbourne and Sydney. This is his third trip to the fourth round of the Aussie Open and second in a row. Tomic has been solid this fortnight with defeats of Denis Istomin, Simone Bolelli, and compatriot John Millman.
“I’m so happy to be in the fourth round for the third time in my career,” the No. 16 seed assured. “So happy to be in this position. Playing Andy now is amazing opportunity. (He’s) one of the best players in the world. (I) have to go out there with nothing to lose and play the right tennis like I’ve been playing in the last month.”
It is a tall order, because Murray has been outstanding throughout his career at this event and he is up to more of the same this time around. The four-time runner-up booked his spot in the last 16 by rolling over Alexander Zverev, Sam Groth, and Joao Sousa. The latter managed to steal one set, but Murray has won his other nine sets by scorelines no more competitive than 6-4. Seven of his victorious sets have been 6-2 or worse. Based on both current form and past history against Tomic, Murray should storm into the quarters.
Prediction – Murray in three sets