It’s the beginning of 2013 which means only one thing in the tennis world: the Australian Open. For the men, the usual suspects will be the favourites again to win it all this year: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Britain’s own Andy Murray. With world number 4 Rafael Nadal missing out through injury, perhaps its time for Murray to build on the success achieved at the U.S Open and Summer Olympics.
After finally shutting up his naysayers, you could say the monkey is finally off Andy Murray’s back. No added pressure from having to win his first Grand Slam, we can finally see what an expectation-free Andy Murray can do. Like LeBron James finally winning his first NBA Championship and currently having another MVP type season, the time is now for Andy Murray to cement his legacy as an all time great. With a tricky matchup with versatile Dutchman Robin Haase in the first round, Murray can kick things off the right way and set himself on the path of greatness. He will most likely have to do battle with either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic or both but in the form he is currently in Andy Murray can beat anyone.
Despite not winning the U.S Open, Novak Djokovic maintained his status as world number 1 and he will have his mind set on winning this year’s Australian Open. Come Monday, the No. 1-ranked Djokovic will be back to work, hoping his opener against Paul-Henri Mathieu is the first of seven matches this month at the venue where he’s had the most success in Grand Slam tennis. The reigning and defending Australian Open winner is confident of winning the Open back to back. ‘You come here fresh. You’re motivated and inspired to play some good tennis’ Djokovic said. The competition will be fierce but Djokovic will be the favourite to win the Open again.
…widely viewed as a champion in decline…
Arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, Roger Federer is not done winning Grand Slams. No where close to it. After success at Wimbledon in 2012 and a record 17 Grand Slam titles, Federer will have his eyes set on eclipsing another record, this time if he wins the title at Melbourne Park, it would make him the only man to win more than four Australian Open trophies in the Open era. Until his Wimbledon win, Federer had been widely viewed as a champion in decline, eclipsed by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic but his current form suggests otherwise, still being able to compete with the very best Federer shows little signs of decline and he could add to his already impressive resume with the 2013 Australian Open title.
The winner of the men’s Australian Open is up for debate but the Open does promise to bring about surprises, a showcase of awesome tennis and ultimately a deserved champion. Tomorrow signals the beginning of what could be the start of a fantastic year of great tennis.