Defending Champion Novak Djokovic who played gem of a final match against Nadal last year is a favorite to win the tournament. The Super Serb will become only the second man in history to win three consecutive Australian Open titles if he lifts the trophy on January 27th.
The Swiss Machine silenced all his critics who wrote him off by winning his record 17th Grand Slam last year at the Wimbledon. Federer who will be playing his 14th Australian Open would leave stone unturned in beginning the New Year in a grand style.
Andy Murray made the most out of Nadal’s absence as he won his first Grand Slam in 2012 apart from winning the Olympic gold. But then, he defeated the likes of Djokovic and Federer to prove a point to his critics. The Briton has the momentum and there is no reason why he cannot win his first ever Australian Open.
Juan Martin Del Potro
Numbers don’t do just to a player of his caliber. In spite of having defeated the top brass in several tournaments, the Argentine has just one Grand Slam (US Open 2009) to his name. The opponents won’t take him lightly and with his killing serve, he is likely to be one of the players to watch out for at Melbourne.
The Belarusian defeated Maria Sharapova last year to win her maiden Grand Slam title. But then she looked off-colour for the rest of the year. We all are aware of her capabilities as a player and thus she can take everyone by surprise by defending her coveted title.
Serena Williams is the favourite to win the tournament in the women’s category. She comprehensively won the Wimbledon and the US Open in 2012 along with an Olympic gold and she would leave no stone unturned and try her best to bag her sixth Australian Open title.
Sharapova didn’t play at the Brisbane Open due to a collarbone injury but the Russian was back to winning ways in 2012 and is one of the top contenders for the title in the women’s category. She was the runners up last year and the Russian would try her best to clinch her second Australian Open.
The 22-year-old came to Sydney last year with the World No 1 ranking which she held for two years. But the below par performances, throughout the year, saw her slip to No. 10. She was defeated in the first round of Wimbledon and the US Open. But the tall Dane would want to get back to winning ways and she has the potential to start the New Year with a bang!