Even though it has not yet been decided, the Australian Open men’s final will be played, most likely, between Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
The great rivalry
This leads us to the great rivalry between Nadal and Djokovic, probably the most exciting rivalry in modern tennis.
They played togheter 52 times, which is absolute record in the Open Era (for male tennis players) and the Serbian leads with 27-25. Djokovic also leads the finals played against Nadal (14-10), but Nadal is leading the Grand Slam finals (4-3).
Everyone remembers the 2012 final of the Australian Open, which took almost 6 hours (it is the longest Grand Slam final ever) and was won by Djokovic. Then it was pretty much the same as now: Djokovic had already won Wimbledon and US Open (by defeating Nadal in both finals) and he was also seeded #1 (and Nadal #2). Even more, during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Djokovic managed to win seven times in a row against Nadal, all in finals.
Will Djokovic made it through the final?
Most probably, yes. He will play against Lucas Pouille of France and, of course, he has the first chance. He’s fit and ready to take on Pouille. But the Frenchmen is also eager to make it big in Melbourne.
“It feels great. This has been my most successful Grand Slam throughout my career, the first one that I won back in 2008. The past two years have been a bit tough with the elbow injury and everything, but over the past 10 years, I’ve had plenty of success here. Obviously, that has helped to kick-start the season in a great fashion and, obviously, served as a great confidence boost for what was coming up after that.” said Djokovic for ATPTour.
Everyone is expecting the semifinal tomorrow, and, if all things go according to the plan, we’ll have a dream final on the 27th of January, the 55 meeting between these two tennis giants.
The Australian Open 2018 gets into the grove from Monday with the first round of action scheduled on 15th of January. This is the first major tennis tournament of the calendar year and excitement levels are ramped up ahead of this event.
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There are a lot of interesting combinations with regard to the singles draw in the women’s and men’s game. The latter is expected to be more complex, as the women’s game is likely to be the usual affair as Serena Williams has withdrawn from the event. Here are the ways to approach the 2018 Australian Open:
The 2018 tournament is likely to be a great opportunity for Roger Federer to add to his recent successes. The Swiss master comes into the event as the strong favourite by a significant margin. This is due to the withdrawal of Brit hero, Andy Murray. In his absence, one may that it would be a fight between Federer and Rafael Nadal in the latter stages once again. However, Nadal continues to suffer from injury issues – just like Novak Djokovic. As a result, Federer is the strong favourite and he is closely followed by the likes of Nadal and Djokovic.
Surprisingly, Jo Wilfried Tsonga can be backed to recover from a disappointing 2017, as his only success last year came at the Australian Open.
The men’s draw can be found here.
Now that Serena Williams will no longer be taking part in the competition, it comes as a major blow to the rest of the field. The favourite to some levels for most players have shot to the roof following this arrangement. Simona Halep may be creating a lot of waves across the world, and she can be considered as a potential candidate to end up successful. Meanwhile, Karolina Pliskova was one of the quality names in 2017 and she will be looking to go one further and win the first Grand Slam title.
The women’s draw can be found here, because WTA haven’t updated their site yet.
Not much has been happening in the world of tennis over the last few weeks, as tennis fans and enthusiasts are waiting for the 2018 campaign to kick-off. The new season will once again pose a lot of questions that need to be answered in the first few weeks. One of those first questions for the 2018 season may be the availability of Serena Williams at the Australian Open. The high-profile tennis star will gain an automatic entry into the Australian Open as a result of the 22-rank deadline for entries. Serena, now a mom, struggles with different kind of problems.
This is easier for the likes of Serena Williams, who has made her name as one of the top 107 players to make it to the tournament automatically. The key question is with regard to the interest levels from Serena Williams after having been part of several such tournaments in the past. There appears to be a greater possibility of the Australian Open fans being treated to the presence of Serena, as tournament director Craig Tiley claims that the 36-year-old has once again resumed training in the hope of going it will at the 2018 Australian Open.
The American has been able to win every Grand Slam in her career, while she was the recipient of the Australian Open title back in 2017. She has been able to lift seven Australian Open titles since her first success in 2003. Hence, the organisers would appreciate the availability of such a global star like Serena Williams in their ranks – even if Australian Open is one of the biggest tennis events in the world and the curtain raiser to a new campaign.