Australian Open Day 8 must-see matchups

MATCHES TO WATCH ON DAY EIGHT OF THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:

* 2-Roger Federer (SUI) v Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

Fucsovics has enjoyed career-best form on his way to the fourth round. The Hungarian defeated Radu Albot, Sam Querrey and Nicolas Kicker to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time. But he’ll need to find another level against the Swiss master. The 19-time grand slam champion hasn’t dropped a set at this Australian Open and will be the red-hot favourite in their first encounter.

* 1-Simona Halep (ROU) v Naomi Osaka (JPN)

Halep has beaten Osaka in their two previous meetings, but the world No.1 was pushed to three sets in their third-round encounter at the French Open in 2016. Unseeded Osaka upset 16th seed Elena Vesnina in the second round and then accounted for top local hope and 18th-seeded Ashleigh Barty, both in straight sets. Halep is coming off a gruelling three-set win over Lauren Davis which she clinched 15-13 in the third set.

* 14-Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Hyeon Chung (KOR)

Chung lost to Djokovic in straight sets in the first round of the 2016 Australian Open, which is their only meeting. But the 58th-ranked South Korean is enjoying an excellent tournament after finishing last year with victoryin the Next Gen ATP Finals. Djokovic rebounded strongly from a four-set win over Gael Monfils in brutal heat to move into the fourth round in a straight sets win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

* 6-Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v 20-Barbora Strycova (CZE)

Pliskova has accounted for her Czech compatriot twice on hard courts, while Strycova turned the tables on grass in Birmingham in 2016. Neither Strycova, ranked 24th in the world, nor former world No.1 Pliskova have dropped a set going into their match on Rod Laver Arena. Strycova has made it to the fourth round of the past two Australian Opens, while Pliskova’s best result at Melbourne Park was a quarterfinal berth last year.

* 5-Dominic Thiem (AUT) v Tennys Sandgren (USA)

Sandgren has made a stunning debut at Melbourne Park after falling in the first round in his first two grand slams — the French and the US Open — last year. The unheralded American stunned ninth seed and former champion Stan Wawrinka in the second round when he didn’t lose a service game. Thiem was two sets down against American Denis Kudla in the second round before advancing and will be looking to reach the quarter-final stage at the Australian Open for the first time.

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