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Australian Open Preview

Australian Open Preview

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Men’s singles

There are three obvious favourites for the title; the rest will enter the tournament as outsiders.

Novak Djokovic 

The clear favourite for the title, he is the defending champion and has won the Australian Open seven times; more than any other player in history. The slower surface is a perfect match for his defensive skills.

Djokovic to win the Australian Open @ 5/4

Rafael Nadal

The world number one and current French and US Open champion. He was thrashed in last year’s final by Djokovic and has not beaten him on a hard court for six years. He has to avoid him to have a chance of winning here. He will be looking to match Federer’s total of 20 Grand Slams in Melbourne.

Nadal to win the Australian Open @ 4/1

Roger Federer

Despite his best years being behind him, he is still playing some decent tennis, and this could be his last year on the tennis circuit. He won the tournament in 2017 and 2018, so it would be foolish to rule him out as a contender.

Federer to win the Australian Open @ 9/1

Alexander Zverev

The German has a good record on the ATP tour but had a poor 2019. He also has a dreadful record in Grand Slams where his best form deserts him. He’ll be hoping 2020 is the year that it comes together for him.

Zverev to win the Australian Open @ 28/1

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Had a good run here in 2019 and made the semis. Like Zverev, his Grand Slam record is poor, and he comes unstuck when playing Nadal or Djokovic. He is still young, and he’ll be hoping this will be the year in which Nadal and Djokovic are finally toppled as the dominant force of tennis.

Tsitsipas to win the Australian Open @ 10/1

Daniil Medvedev  

Seems the most likely candidate to end the dominance of the old guard. His impressive run to the final of the US Open was only ended in the 5th set by Nadal. 

Medvedev to win the Australian Open @ 8/1

Stanislas Wawrinka

The 2014 champion has struggled with injuries during the last few years. He’s still a dangerous player, and the top-ranked players will want to avoid him in the earlier rounds.

Wawrinka to win the Australian Open @ 66/1

Nick Kyrgios 

The most likely Australian to win, but he is way too unpredictable and volatile to win the whole tournament. He is, without doubt, a player that everyone wants to avoid.

Kyrgios to win the Australian Open @ 22/1

Dominic Thiem 

The world number five has struggled at the Australian Open and has only ever made the 4th round. He’s someone who has also struggled against the big players when it really matters.

Thiem to win the Australian Open @ 16/1

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Women’s singles

The women’s draw is much more of an open field and as we’ve seen recently; don’t be surprised if a player comes from nowhere to claim the title. We’ll take a look at the players most likely to lift the 2020 Australian Open trophy.

Serena Williams

She has struggled in finals recently and despite making a lot of slam finals since her return from giving birth - she has played poorly in every single one.

Serena Williams to win the Australian Open @ 4/1

Naomi Osaka 

Osaka was the winner here last year but has found things difficult since that win. She is still young and once she becomes a more consistent player - she’ll dominate the tour.

Osaka to win the Australian Open @ 7/1

Karolina Pliskova

Yet to win a slam, something that must weigh on her mind. Especially as she edges closer to 30. Her slow footwork has prevented her from winning slams. If she plays in peak form for the two weeks, then there’s no reason for her not to be lifting her first Grand Slam.

Pliskova to win the Australian Open @ 10/1

Simona Halep

Won Wimbledon and has also made the final here before. Another strong contender for the title and has a more consistent game than the others.

Halep to win the Australian Open @ 9/1

Ashleigh Barty 

After a breakout year in 2019; the Australian world number one will see this as her best chance to win her home slam. She knows what it’s like to win a slam and unlike a lot of other players - she can cope with pressure situations.

Barty to win the Australian Open @ 8/1 

Petra Kvitova

Runner-up last year and like her compatriot Pliskova - she has been consistently inconsistent throughout her career. Capable of winning all seven matches in straight sets or losing in the first round - it’s always difficult to predict which Kvitova will turn up.

Kvitova to win the Australian Open @ 20/1

Elina Svitolina

Like Zverev on the men’s side, Svitolina performs well in the WTA events, but when it comes to the Grand Slams, she goes missing. Struggling to even make the latter stages of the four slams.

Svitolina to win the Australian Open @ 25/1

Angelique Kerber 

A veteran outsider and 2016 champion; she definitely has the capabilities of winning another slam.

Kerber to win the Australian Open @ 25/1

Garbine Muguruza 

Now ranked 34, she had a bad 2019 but is still a player that everyone will want to avoid in the early rounds. Muguruza is another player that has struggled for consistency.

Muguruza to win the Australian Open @ 33/1

Sloane Stephens 

The American had a poor 2019 but is certainly someone that the top players will want to avoid in the early part of the draw. Her start to 2020 has also been poor, but like in her previous Grand Slam win, she is capable of putting results together out of seemingly nowhere.

Stephens to win the Australian Open @ 50/1

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15.01.2020

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