Australian Open 2016: Meet Your Champions
The tennis season is starting with the first Grand Slam of the year, and it is going to be grand indeed! Last season gifted all tennis fans with many brilliant performances and achievements, namely the second Serena Slam, Djokovic’s might and first Davis Cup trophy for Britain since 1936, so if that is anything to go by, we can expect a thrilling year. Let’s take a look at who may seize the Australian Open title this time around!
1. Will Novak Djokovic‘s Reign Go On?
Now there‘s no denying that Djokovic is one of the most talented tennis players of his time, so naturally, it‘s very probable that he will be able to add this title to his already-impressive list of achievements. The TonyBet bookies give him the odds of 13/20 at wining Australian Open – and honestly, it’s a pretty safe bet.
Djokovic is going to start off the tournament with a match against 19-year-old Korean tennis player Hyeon Chung. The latter is just beginning his professional career and it’s the very first time that he managed to qualify for this tournament – and it’ very likely that his debut will end at the first round.
Later on, depending on who wins the first round, Djokovic will either play against Quentin Halys or Ivan Dodig. The young Halys hasn’t had a chance to play against the Serb yet, however, Dodig has played against Djokovic thrice and lost every time. The prognosis seems to be very clear for the world’s #1 – another victory in line!
2. Can Andy Murray Seize a Debut Title?
Although the Scotsman hasn’t managed to triumph at Australian Open, the tides may just turn for him this year. Murray’s last season was pretty good, what with him pushing the British Davis Cup team towards the incredible victory – however, he didn’t win any Grand Slam titles then and did best at Australian Open where he went through to the finals.
TonyBet bookies have his chances to triumph calculated at the odds of 53/10, which puts him a bit behind the highly favoured Djokovic. Murray will start off with a match against Alexander Zverev, who he‘s already played against this year in the Hopman Cup – naturally, that ended in the world‘s #2’s victory against the 18-year-old novice.
The second round should go just as well, too: Murray will play either against Adrian Mannarino or Sam Groth. While the Scotsman has played against the former twice in 2015, managing to win both times, he hasn’t had a chance to meet the latter in court. The real challenges will come later on – but Murray isn’t one to back down from a difficult fight.
3. Can Roger Federer Get Back into His Groove?
The world’s #3’s chances at an Australian Open title are just 10/1 – but he’s already got four of those lined up on his shelves. However, Federer hasn’t managed to seize another victory in this tournament since his last triumph in 2012 – in fact, he hasn’t even went through to the finals after that.
Naturally, the first round shouldn’t be too difficult for the Swiss as he is meeting the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, whom he hasn’t played against before and who is a novice in the world of Grand Slams, having played in his first one just last year. Unfortunately for him, he is very likely to fall in the very first round this year like he did in 2015.
The following round for Federer will be either against Ricardas Berankis or Alexander Dolgopolov. The world’s 3rd seed has played against the Ukrainian Dolgopolov twice, and won both times, and even though he hasn’t met Berankis on court before, the Lithuanian player wouldn’t be a difficult obstacle to get through – neither would Dolgopolov.
The favourites always seem very obvious before the games start, but there is always the possibility of a novice becoming a dark horse, or even a well-seasoned veteran making a huge splash in the tennis pond. What’s clear is that it’s going to be spectacular – so tune in, and see for yourself!