Novak & Serena Will Start As Favourites At Melbourne Park

Jan 9, 2013

With the 2013 Australian Open now only a few days away the debate and discussion will soon intensify on who is likely to be crowned the respective men’s and women’s singles champion at Melbourne Park in late January, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will start the first Grand Slam of the new season as the respective men’s and women’s favourite and justifiably so as both players were the dominant force on their respective tours in 2012, the heatwave in Australia has continued this week and I’m sure the tennis action, starting next Monday at Melbourne Park on 14 January 2013, will also be sizzling.

Djokovic will enter the tournament as the defending men’s singles champion and with Rafael Nadal not making the trip to Melbourne this year the Serb’s chance of grabbing a third consecutive AO title and his fourth overall looks a distinct possibility, the biggest challenge for the world No.1 on Rod Laver Arena throughout the fortnight is likely to come from his two closest ranked rivals, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, Federer last won the title back in 2010 while Murray, a two-time finalist, pushed Nole all the way before succumbing in a thrilling five set semifinal last year, throw in the likes of former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, the consistent Spaniard David Ferrer, the talented Czech Tomas Berdych and the popular Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and we have a recipe for a brillant fortnight of men’s Grand Slam action.

Serena will be looking to complete her third consecutive Grand Slam championship after reigning supreme at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2012, Williams not only appear’s fit and injury free but she also seem’s focused and primed for a tilt at her fifth AO title and her 16th Grand Slam title overall, Serena’s main competition in Melbourne looks like being the current top two ranked players in the world, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, Azarenka is the defending champion and will be keen to do well again here while Sharapova will look to avenge her straight sets loss in last years final with victory in this year’s tournament, add in Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber from Germany, China’s Li Na and the hard hitting Petra Kvitova and the women’s singles champion may yet spring us a surprise.

Mid January is always an exciting time of the year for tennis fans from all over the globe as the first Grand Slam of a new season gets underway down under in Melbourne, Australia, Novak and Serena will indeed start the tournament as the respective men’s and women’s favourite but who do you fancy to win it all at Melbourne Park in 2013 and who is your favourite?

Written by: Tono

(2) Comments

Adunar says:
Jan 9, 2013

Spot on! A few days to go and we are there, in Melbourne, first Grand Slam fo the week.

Serena is the outright faovrite this year. With Azarenka a bit injured, I think she’s the hot favorite. Sharapova can push it through the final but I’m not sure she can go a step further. Na Li and Radwanska are both capable of an upset here I think.

On the men’s side, it’s hard to bet against Novak. But I’m not convinced he will win this time. Murray seems to be in good shape. Plus, the heat usually tricks Novak a little so I’m not sure he can suffer two or three tough matches under the hot weather… The major issue here is where will Murray land. Add him in Novak’s half and we might get a 6-hours semifinal five setter and Roger will just have to lift the trophy on Sunday… If he escapes the likes of Del Potro, Berdych or Tsonga. Murray will “only” win if he’s able to beat Novak, whether it is in the final or the semifinal. I don’t like that much Roger’s chances but NEVER count him out.
Tsonga can upset anyone here in a good day except maybe Novak. I don’t see Ferrer beating one og the top3 but if someone else can take a big guy out, he could get to his first GS final. But not more. Del Potro has the fire to beat some top guys too but I don’t see that happening. Berdych wasn’t really in form in Chennai so I think he might suffer an early upset.Tipsarevic has never played so well here though he has a nice game for the surface. He can be very dangerous in Ferrer’s quarter of the draw. I’m not sure Ronic and Isner can pull some upsets here. But Gasquet has the game and power for sure. The Dog is tough to beat too and Haas can play very well here. Let’s hope that some 60-100 players are not afraid to play the big boys. Some new faces begin to shine such as Dimitrov, Bedene, Bautista-Agut, Zemlja and many more. they’re young, have some years of experience on the Challenger Tour and are play fearlessly on the ATP Tour right now…

Tono says:
Jan 9, 2013

Yep I can’t disagree too much with your comments there Adunar…..most eyes will be on where Roger and Andy fall in the draw coming up tomorrow.
I always enjoy the Aussie Open, looking forward to the 2013 version! :-D

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