Andy Murray vs Bernard Tomic should be the kind of match that really sets this Australian Open up for the final few days. With Murray in top form and Tomic, the crowd favourite, looking pretty good as well, this should be an Australian Open men's singles fourth round match that should be filled with exciting shots, thrills, spills and plenty of drama.
Murray would have had a bit of a strange last couple of days, after finding a way past Joao Sousa in the third round in Melbourne. Soon after the match finished, Murray learnt that his father-in-law Nigel Sears had collapsed and taken to a hospital. Murray immediately rushed to the hospital to be with Sears, the coach of Ana Ivanovic, with the Brit's nerves already frayed due to the fact that his wife Kim Sears is about to give birth to their child.
With Nigel Sears now recovering and expected to return back to Britain, Murray will turn his attentions back to the big match against Tomic. The world number two wasn't too happy with his performance against Sousa, even if he eventually prevailed 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
"I thought I struggled. At the beginning I think he was extremely aggressive, very intense," Murray said after the match. "So he was getting into position to dictate a lot of points with his forehand.
"Once I started to hit the ball a little bit cleaner towards the end of the match I was able to get him in his backhand corner and dictate more of the points.
"It was tricky. I didn't feel great. The match against [Sam] Groth [in the second round, though I returned well, I didn't get to hit that many groundstrokes, didn't feel I was in a great rhythm and I wasn't hitting the ball clean at the start. He was hitting the ball great, close to the lines, and making me do a lot of running.
"I just tried to keep fighting. At the end I was actually hitting the ball well and felt better at the end. It was good to get through that one."
Tomic will hope to take advantage of any lingering doubts, both on and off the field, regarding Murray, with the Australian looking primed to make a real run in his home slam, after some impressive performances.
"I'm very, very pleased and very happy with the way I played so far in this tournament," Tomic said after seeing off John Millman in three sets in the third round. "I'm so happy to be in the fourth round for the third time in my career. I think three times I made the third. I played so many times third round, fourth round.
"So happy to be in this position. Playing Andy now is amazing opportunity. One of the best players in the world. Have to go out there with nothing to lose and play the right tennis like I've been playing in the last month."
Where to Watch Live
The Australian Open fourth round is scheduled for a 7 pm local time (1.30 pm IST, 8 am GMT, 3 am ET) start. Live coverage of the match in India will be on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. The online live streaming option in India is on Sonyliv.
Australia viewers can watch Bernard Tomic vs Andy Murray live on Channel 7, with the live stream option on 7Sport online.
ESPN and Watch ESPN will broadcast the tennis match live in the USA and Canada.
BBC will broadcast Murray vs Tomic live in the UK, while all the action can also be live streamed on BBCiPlayer. Eurosport and Eurosport Player are the places to be to watch the Grand Slam fourth round contest live in the rest of Europe.
Fox Sports will show Tomic vs Murray live in South East Asia and South Korea.The Australian Open fourth round can be watched live in the Middle East and North Africa on Bein Sports and Bein Sports Connect.