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Australian Open 2018 Week 2 Preview

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After a grueling and electrifying few days of tennis the opening week of the Australian Open is done and dusted. Unfortunately, locals will have to wait at least another year to crown a home grown men’s singles champion as Australian Nick Kyrgios went down to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in a 4 set nail biter on Sunday night. However, with 3 of the 4 top seeds still in contention for the title in both the men’s and women’s draw, we can expect some thrilling matches in the coming week.

The 3 Wise Veterans

Novak Djokovic playing his first competitive match since Wimbledon 2017 dismissed all comeback concerns by cruising through the first week of the tournament dropping only one set to Frenchmen Gael Monfils. Should Djokovic lift his 7th trophy in Melbourne on Sunday he will surpass Australia Roy Emerson’s record of most Australian Open singles titles won. Next up for Djokovic is last year’s Next Gen ATP finals champion Hyeon Chung.

Rafael Nadal, the last man to win a major has continued his exceptional grand slam form by comfortably reaching the quarterfinals. He will next face Croatian Marin Cilic whose world ranking is currently number 6. Last year Nadal earned himself the US Open trophy without having to play a top 25 opponent. The Spaniard has continued this fortunate trend at the Australian Open with his highest ranked opponent in week 1 being Diego Schwartzman ranked 26th in the world. The quarterfinal clash with Cilic is a must watch as it will truly be an excellent indication of where Nadal’s game currently stands.

Roger Federer started his Australian Open campaign as defending champion. The 36 year old tennis legend showed no signs of slowing down as he prevailed through to the second week without dropping a single set. The G.O.A.T. as he is often referred to as is 4 wins away from his 6th Australian Open title which would put him on par with Djokovic and Emerson’s record. Federer’s next match is against little known but in-form Hungarian Marton Fucsovics. Given that all goes to plan we could be in for a mouth watering semi final clash between Novak and Roger. Who knows, we may even be in for a Fedal final repeat!

No Serena No Clear Winner

As Serena’s priorities have momentarily shifted to parental duties it is virtually impossible to pick a clear favorite for the ladies title. Since Serena’s absence the last 3 grand slam finals were contested by 6 different women which just goes to show that the competition in the ladies draw is unpredictable and fierce. Despite it being week 2 of the “happy slam” picking a favourite is like playing a game of Russian roulette.

Two Ladies to Keep an Eye On

The 2016 Australian Open champion and former world number 1 Angelique Kerber has made a promising start to her Australian Open campaign. Despite being ranked outside the top 20 due to a less than ideal 2017 season the left-handed German has propelled herself into the 2nd week of the tournament without dropping more than 5 games per match. Kerber needs to defeat 88th ranked Su-Wei Hsieh to set up clash with the winner of 8th seed Caroline Garcia or US Open finalist Madison Keys.

After a couple of years of disappointing results former world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki is showing some promising tennis heading into week 2. Currently ranked number 2 in the world many feel that the Danish tennis player has matured physically and mentally and has got what it takes to lift her first grand slam trophy on Rod Laver Arena. Her quarter final opponent will be Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro followed by the winner of 4th seed Elina Svitolina and Belgian Elise Mertens.

Who will create a piece of history?

With both draws still so open, the only way to find out is to see it for yourself. And there’s no better way to see the Australian Open than being in the stands watching as it unfolds.

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