The Australian Open is all set to kick off another great year of tennis, and there are several reasons to watch this iconic event, which begins on January 15. As ever, the tournament will witness some of the greatest tennis players of all time land on the shores of Australia. Only one winner will be emerging out of the shadows in the men’s and women’s game respectively.
Top Five Players to Watch at Australian Open 2018
Roger Federer looked done and dusted just over 12 months ago, but the Swiss master has made a remarkable comeback to the top levels after a fine 2017 campaign. Federer will know that the success in 2017 began with the Australian Open, and he will be looking to replicate the same in 2018. The Swiss maestro has been able to win the Australian Open Grand Slam to mark his first such title after several years.
Rafael Nadal has had a troubled couple of years with regard to injury, poor form, and many other issues. Yet, the Spaniard had a strong end to 2017 and he can be backed to win the Australian open for the first time since 2009. Nadal’s success in 2017 came in the French Open and the US Open. He is now actively in pursuit of Federer’s record of Grand Slam titles.
Dimitrov has had a tough few years after making a lot of impression when he came into the field. Now, however, he has once again regained his former toughness and looks set to be a player to watch in 2018. He reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2017, although other Grand Slams did not provide much joy.
Halep rose to the number one rankings in the WTA and she now looks on course to getting her first major Grand Slam. The Romanian maybe the top of the leaderboard in terms of the WTA rankings, but she has only reached the finals of the French Open twice in her career. She has been unable to get past the quarter-finals of the Australian open, but the 2018 edition could be a different.
Ranked number two in the world WTA rankings, Wozniacki is a strong contender for the Australian open title in 2018. She is seeking to go beyond her best ever appearance back in 2011, when she reached the semi-finals. The 2017 was not a hugely successful year for Wozniacki after she failed to win any of the four Grand Slams.