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Top 5 Favourites for The 2020 Australian Open Men's Singles Title

Top 5 Favourites for The 2020 Australian Open Men's Singles Title
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Australia’s summer of tennis is just around the corner, kicking off with the ATP Cup on January 3, with many of the world’s top players competing including Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Tsitsipas.

While this event should give us an indication of who’s feeling the most confident, by the time the 2nd week of the 2020 Australian Open rolls around it’s likely that the usual suspects will be lining up for a crack at the title - with a few fresh faces thrown into the mix.

Here are the top 5 contenders for the 2020 Australian Open Men’s Singles title:

Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal may b the current world number 1, but Novak comes in as the defending champion, having obliterated Nadal in last year’s Final. Not only that, Novak has an imperious record at the Australian Open having won a record 7 titles to Nadal’s 1. Should both make it to the final, Djokovic has every reason to feel more confident.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal comes into this year as the world no. 1 for very good reason. He had a stellar 2019, making the final at the Australian Open, and winning the French and US Opens, and 6 titles overall. And while the Aus Open hasn’t been his best hunting ground, he ended his 2019 early so he’ll be coming into the 2020 season with the best possible preparation.

Roger Federer

Roger’s season was remarkable for a 38 year old but merely solid by his lofty standards. He didn’t win a Grand Slam but he did win 4 titles, and put up a hell of a fight in the final of Wimbledon against Djokovic, finally going down 13-12 in the fifth set after 5 hours. But the Australian Open has actually been his best Grand Slam since coming back from knee surgery, winning it 2 out of 3 times. If he can channel the pain from that Wimbledon heartbreaker, he stands a chance of wrestling the Aus Open trophy off of Novak.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos made the Semi-Finals of last years Aus Open, beating Federer in the Quarter Finals. More importantly he’s coming fresh off winning the ATP Nitto World Tour Finals, the biggest title of his young career, defeating the best of the best along the way. If he can carry that form and momentum into 2020, we may finally see a new face lifting the trophy come February 2.

Daniil Medvedev

Tall, unorthodox, enigmatic, and largely unknown to the general public, Daniil had a breakout season in 2019, ending the year number 5 in the world. He started well enough, winning a title and making 2 finals. But it was after Wimbledon where Medvedev was nearly unbeatable, stringing together an impressive 29-4 win-loss record. He reached six consecutive tournament finals (Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati, US Open, St. Petersburg, Shanghai), winning 3 of those titles. He also led many tour statistics: most tour victories (59), most ATP Masters 1000 wins (22), most tour finals competed in (9). Daniil Medvedev is nothing if not ambitious, and has publicly stated that he wants to take the no. 1 ranking off of Rafael Nadal in 2020. And based on his last 6 months, he’s a strong contender to win the first major battle of the year at the 2020 Australian Open.

Comebacks and the Aussie Charge

There will be plenty of other storylines to follow, as 3 of the most popular players on the Men’s Tour - Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro, and Nick Kyrgios all return from injury, looking to make an impact and make the second week.

Last year, 5 Australian players made it through to the 3rd round for the first time in 15 years. This year, they will be hoping to build on that with an even stronger field led by Ash Barty, Alex DeMinaur and Nick Kyrgios. Other players on the Men’s side include John Millman, Alexei Popyrin, and Jordan Thompson.

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