Men's Australian Open Day 4: Murray to motor on
Andy Murray is in action tonight in the Australian Open tennis championship. He's up last on the Rod Laver Arena, just one of six courts that you can watch live on your PC through betliveTV and we're bringing you our preview of tonight's Men's highlights.
It's the Second Round matches from the top half of the men's draw tonight which means alongside Murray there are four more of the top 10 seeds in action. World number one Rafa Nadal is out on the principal court ahead of Murray. You'll also be able to watch last year's runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, his French compatriot Gilles Simon and America's James Blake.
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Rafael Nadal  v Roko Karanusic - Since the Spanish ace made his debut and reached the final 16 in 2004, Rafael Nadal has improved by one round every year and entered this year's Australian Open as number 1, the top seed. Last year he got to the semis so if this trend is to continue, Rafa is one of this year's finalists. His opponent for the today's match, Roko Karanusic - recorded his first Australian Open victory beating Florent Serra in his first ever 5 set first round win. Can Roko beat the number 1 seed? He has never... a) Beaten a lefthander, b) Beaten a top 10 player, c) Progressed to the third round in Australia.
Andy Murray  v Marcel Granollers - Andy Murray will be looking to further his Australian Open campaign tonight in his second round match against Marcel Granollers, who defeated Teimuraz Gabashvilli in a four sets first round victory. Murray's first round opponent Andrei Pavel retired from that match and from Tennis, with a long-term back problem - but this match looked like Murray's for the taking before it was cut short. Murray to advance this evening looks a sure thing.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  v Ivan Ljubicic - Frenchman Tsonga plays in his third consecutive Australian Open this year. Having exited the 2007 tournament in the first round & reaching the 2008 final only to lose to Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried has form and is able to beat quality players but does have a back injury which forced him to withdraw from his recent quarterfinal at Sydney. If this niggle can be kept at bay - Tsonga should deal with Croatian Ivan Ljubicic - ATP ranked 55, with little difficulty.
Chris Guccione v Gilles Simon  - After defeating Pablo Andujar in a first round straight sets victory, Gilles Simon squares up against Australian Chris Guccione, a player currently without a coach. Simon has only ever been able to get through to the third round in this competition so will he equal his career best with a victory this evening over Guccione, who broke a four year first round losing streak here in defeating Nicolas Devilder in the 1st round?
James Blake  v Sebastien De Chaunac - James Blake made it all the way to the quarterfinals this time last year, only to be defeated by Roger Federer. In doing so, the American equaled his best Grand Slam performance and of his 8 matches against qualifiers, has been victorious in seven. In 25 attempts to qualify for Grand Slams, Sebastien De Chaunac has been successful in only three including this year and Blake will be looking to put an end to his 2008 Australian campaign.
Gael Monfils  v Stefan Koubek - After Monfils employed Llayton Hewitt's former coach Roger Rasheed, the Frenchman has risen to a career-high ranking of No.13 this month which is bad news for tonight's opponent Stefan Koubek. The two have met once before, Monfils with the unsurprising victory. Koubek does have some form here though, reaching the quarterfinals in 2002 but one feels that at 32, Koubek is past his best and the young in-form Monfils should progress to round three.
Fernando Gonzalez  v Guillermo Canas - Very much a South American affair here as 2007 runner-up Fernando Gonzalez who defeated Lleyton Hewit in a first round 5-set duel, faces 31 year old Argentinean Guillermo Canas, who is attempting to win back-to-back matches for the first time since July 2008. Canas has missed this event for the last three years and although the break may rejuvenate ATP ranked 77th player, Fernando Gonzalez looks the winning bet.
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