No. 2 Roger Federer is on course to face No. 3 Andy Murray in the semifinals. (Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images)
Storylines and matches to watch on Day 8 of the Australian Open (click here for the order of play):
• Roger Federer vs. another young gun: Two days after dismissing 20-year-old Bernard Tomic in straight sets, Federer will take on another riser in Canada’s Milos Raonic. As opposed to Tomic, the 22-year-old Raonic has actually had success against Federer, pushing him to three sets in their three ATP meetings last year. This will be their first matchup at a Slam, and if the big-serving Raonic couldn’t topple Federer in a best-of-three, it’s unlikely he’ll be able to do it in a best-of-five. Besides, Federer loves beating up on the kids. He has yet to lose to a player born in the 1990s.
• Challenge awaits Caroline Wozniacki: It’s been a year since Wozniacki made the quarterfinals of a Slam. Then again, it’s been a year since Wozniacki did much of anything. The last time she was running around the courts in Melbourne, she was the No. 1 player in the world. Now she’s fighting for relevancy. She won a tough first-round match against Sabine Lisicki in three sets and cruised against surprise opposition, 16-year-old Donna Vekic and Lesia Tsurenko, in the next two rounds. Wozniacki will get a big test against Svetlana Kuznetsova, a two-time Slam champion and former No. 2 who beat her two weeks ago in Sydney.
• French menu: Bad news for the Frenchies. Their top two players go head-to-head in the fourth round, as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes on Richard Gasquet. Their other two hopes are hobbled with injuries. Gilles Simon, coming off a 4 1/2-hour (and 71-shot rally) epic against Gael Monfils on Saturday night, has already admitted he doesn’t have much of a chance of beating a fitter Andy Murray on Monday. Meanwhile, Jeremy Chardy, who upset Juan Martin del Potro in the third round, sustained a knee injury in his doubles match Sunday. He is scheduled to play Andreas Seppi on Monday.