Gunning for Glory
Well… This is it, thankfully after the Xmas break its back on again. Finally a Grand Slam to get the year up and running. Melbourne is the hub of shocks with Wawrinka winning last year and players such as Tsonga (2008) and Baghdatis in (2006) have reached the final. This is one of the biggest tournaments in the world and we will see who the best players in the world are. Can the new breed get rid of the Old Guard in 2015, or is there about to be a New World order – we think not!
It goes without saying that anything other than a win here in Australia will be a disappointment for the Serb. The world no.1 will be going for his 5th title and arguably is at the peak in his career. At the moment he has more quality than anybody else and we expect that he will use that. Providing he doesn’t experience a shock from someone in the draw we have overlooked, which because of his experience just shouldn’t happen, expect him to deliver the title. He is simply the mentally strongest player we have ever seen
Another world class player also going for title number 5 in Australia. Federer last won in 2010 and will be looking to get back to winning ways. Should he be on top form he will be a serious contender and possibly get to the final. But with more energetic players to come up against every round the tournament could take its toll on the 33 year old. He will challenge but I can’t see him beating both Nadal and Murray which he most likely will have to do to reach the final. 5 sets is hard work in that temperature and he is in the final embers of an amazing career. It just gets that much harder.
The Spaniard’s career has been stricken by injuries but it looks as though he has passed the worst and is on the road back to where he was. At one point Nadal looked as though he was untouchable and if he can move half as well as he did, he will be a force to be reckoned with. Sadly that’s a big if – just like Sprinter Sacre – is he or isn’t he??? He reached the final last year and here at The Betting Agency we fully expect him to do it again and also, if anyone’s going to beat Djokovic, it’s him.
Tips by Rory Crowe