Despite the exit of veteran Lleyton Hewitt, the 2015 Australian Open is shaping as one of the most promising in years for the home contingent after Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios charged into the fourth round on day 5.
Tomic breezed past fellow Aussie Sam Groth 6-4, 7-6, 6-3, while Kyrgios did it even easier against Tunisian 31-year-old Malek Jaziri, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1.
The shock early exits of the likes of Roger Federer and Gael Monfils have opened up the men’s draw.
Tomic now faces Thomas Berdych for a likely quarter-final meeting with Rafael Nadal, while Kyrgios takes on Federer’s destroyer, Italian Andreas Seppi, for a quarter-final berth against either Andy Murray or Grigor Dimitrov.
If either young gun can get past the fourth round, the atmosphere in Melbourne will go through the roof; if they somehow both make it into the quarters and win again, Tomic and Kyrgios will square off in a dream semi-final showdown.