The Countdown is almost over
After all the waiting, the Australian Open is almost here with just a week left and with the big players out preparing this will show who could can cause an upset in Melbourne. Let’s face it after the defeats last week of both Rafa and Novak, quite a few of these will fancy their chances. So who will be looking to warm up with some positive results and a title heading in to Melbourne next week.
Below are the people we think you need to be thinking about in Sydney.
The Belgian had a terrific year last time out and will be hoping to continue his great form with a win here in Sydney. Seeded 2nd it shows he is not to be messed with here. He was training with Roger Federer during the off-season so he probably will have picked up a trick or two there. One of the leading contenders and the bookies favourite.
The Frenchman is seeded fourth and has a clear run to the final only having to overcome Fognini and a sluggish Del Potro who hasn’t played competitively for months and takes a while to warm up his game. Not sure he will win it but a final spot is definitely realistic.
Bernard Tomic has a terrific record here in Sydney finishing runner up last year and winning the year before. Also he comes from a spirited loss in the quarter final in Brisbane to Nishikori, but here in Sydneyt there will be no players of the quality of Nishikori and Tomic will have a real shot at winning here. His main foe is David Goffin who he would face in the semi-final but the Aussie may be able to handle it. It’s 50/50 between Goffin and Tomic.
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