The draw for the last 16 of the 2011 Australian Open is now complete and all top 8 seeds have successfully made thus far. Mikhail Youzhny, the 10th seed is the highest ranked casualty so far, with 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils other notable losers in the third round.
|2011 Australian Open – Mens Singles – 4th Round Draw – Top Half|
| Rafael Nadal (ESP)||v|| Marin Cilic (CRO)||Quarter
|Milos Raonic (CAN)||v|| David Ferrer (ESP)|
| Robin Soderling (SWE)||v||Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)||Quarter
| Jurgen Melzer (AUT)||v|| Andy Murray (GBR)|
|2011 Australian Open – Mens Singles – 4th Round Draw – Bottom Half|
| Tomas Berdych (CZE)||v|| Fernando Verdasco (ESP)||Fourth
| Nicolas Almagro (ESP)||v|| Novak Djokovic (SRB)|
| Andy Roddick (USA)||v|| Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)||Fourth
|Tommy Robredo (ESP)||v|| Roger Federer (SUI)|
In the top half of draw world number 1 Rafael Nadal has an interesting encounter against 15th seed Marin Cilic, the Craot made the semi finals here last year and could pose a major threat to the “Rafa Slam”. Meanwhile Andy Murray will face Austrian Jurgen Melzer.
The story of the tournament so far has been the emergence of Canadian Milos Raonic, who conquered 10 th seed Mikhail Youzhny in round 3. Raonic is currently ranked 152nd in the world and will shoot up the rankings regardless of the result of his 4th round match with 7th seed David Ferrer. To complete the top half of the draw, debutant Alexandr Dolgopolov will look to continue his run with a tough encounter against 4th seed Robin Soderling.
In the bottom half of the draw Federer takes on unseeded Tommy Robredo and Djokovic takes on 14th seed Nicolas Almagro.
The victor of Gael Monfils was Swiss number 2, Stanislas Wawrinka who’s reward for breezing by Monfils is a 4th round match with Andy Roddick. The Swiss player looks to be back to his best and will enter that match as favorite and we will likely see him rise in the rankings again over the next 12 months.
The final match of the 4th round is the closest on paper, 6th seed Tomas Berdych takes on 9th seed Fernando Verdasco.