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Men's Australian Open Preview:

A quick preview of the first Grand Slam tournament, which starts around mid-January. This is to get a glimpse of how the season has been for the best players before the new season commences, where the Australian Open is just around the corner.

Top 10 seeding

First seeded Novak Djokovic had another good season last year when he finished the season as world number one at the expense of Roger Federer whom decided to withdraw from the Masters tournament in Paris, which resulted in Djokovic going past him on the rankings.
Djokovic won 75 matchups, losing only 12 throughout the 2012 season under the ATP tour.
Also showed good form before the New Year when winning the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi after beating players like David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro, the latter in the final.

The Serb won the Australian Open for the third time, after he beat Nadal in the final of last year after an amazing 5 sets thriller match.
Djokovic is considered as one of the biggest favorites yet again in this year's Australian Open, where the odds on him  is around 2.50 as the winner, which is quite low, but we must not forget that Rafael Nadal will not attend this year.

2. Roger Federer had a very good season as well and gained the number one spot in the world for a while, but was overtaken by Djokovic late in the season.
The Swiss finished the season with 71 wins and only 12 losses, impressive numbers taken into consideration the age of the Swiss man at 31 years.
Got himself to another Grand Slam title last year after beating Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final, where he got his 17th Grand Slam title.
The Swiss is still going strong so the odds on him to win at 7.00 is considered good.

3.Andy Murray is one of those that has impressed me the most through the 2012 season, these past months for Andy has been fantastic. He lost a very close game against Federer at Wimbledon, before he bounced back and beat him in the Olympics final at home court and secured his first Olympic gold medal. Murray didn’t stop there, where he got a lot of confidence during the few weeks on grass tournaments, where he intended to win his first Grand Slam title, having failed 4 times in the final. But U.S. OPEN proved to be the one that would ensure Murray's first Grand Slam title when he met up with Djokovic in the final and won 3-2 in sets. Murray has two finals at the Australian Open, and this could be his year to go all the way to the top, but his problem is that he tends to vary too much at times.

4. David Ferrer is seeded 4th since Rafael Nadal is still absent. David Ferrer is a player whom has stayed within the top ten in the world for more than two years. This is of course respectable, the Spaniard has evolved to become an “all round” player who has won the most titles of all top 10 players in the last year with his seven titles. Ferrer has also had a great season in Grand Slam tournaments too where this is his great year as he’s been in two semi-finals and two quarter-finals, which tells us how stable the Spaniard have been this year.
Very rarely do the bookies have faith in David Ferrer to go all the way in Grand Slams, but he’s in many ways being underrated here given 40-50 odds to win it all here in Australia Open.

5. Tomas Berdych has had a slightly variable season, but he ended it on a high note. Reaching the semi-finals at the U.S. Open was followed by a stunning victory in the Davis Cup final against Spain at home which goes under his greatest triumphs in his career.
Berdych is ranked number 5, where he can get a decent draw in the Australian Open. His two best results in the Australian Open came in the last 2 years, where the Czech has reached two consecutive quarterfinals.
Berdych is capable of going past a quarterfinal, but I have my doubts he will.

6. Juan Martin Del Potro has had a good season. He’s been plagued with injuries for the past few seasons, but last year’s was in many ways a good one. The Argentinian reached three grand slam quarter-finals, and he even won the bronze medal for Argentina in the summer Olympics in London, this being the highlight of his season.

Del Potro have the quality of play that could beat any player out there at his very best, something he’s shown us in the past by winning the US Open. It will be interesting to see how Del Potro will do in this year’s first Grand Slam. The odds on him going all the way is around 40,00.

7. French man Jo Willfried Tsonga had a small down period towards the end of the season, where the level of quality in play fell some after his attendance at Wimbledon. Tsonga reached the semi-final in Wimbledon where he played a good tournament, and backed it up with a good tournament in the Us Open as well, though losing in an incredible quarter final game against Novak Djokovic, a game he should have won.
Amongst the Grand Slams, Australia Open is where Tsonga has the best history reaching the final in Melbourne 2008, and then a semifinal in 2010.

 8. Janko Tipsarevic has had a fantastic year getting good results. Grown a lot these past two years and become a more stable player. His top level has become stronger, but there’s no doubt he still struggles when things doesn’t go his way. We see this often from the Serb, time after time retiring from games where the injury proves not to be of any serious matter at all, just proving he can be a bad loser. Tipsarevic has stated that he does not know why he retires in some games, but also mentions that this is something he’s working on, after many have reacted to this in connection with Janko. Tipsarevic has never gotten past the third round of the Australian Open, but this year he should definitely be able to clear at least a fourth round.

9. Richard Gasquet had one of his better seasons last year and is finally back in the top 10, he has a huge potential when he is at his best. Was in the fourth round at all four Grand Slam tournaments last year and it proved to be his most consistent year, so no doubt that Gasquet has done a lot right lately. The Frenchman has never been past the fourth round in a Grand Slam outside Wimbledon, but this could be his big chance of going well into this season. A very exciting player who is a delight to watch when things are right for Gasquet.

10. Nicolas Almagro has the same amount of ranking points as Richard Gasquet, but Gasquet played fewer tournaments last year, which means that the Spaniard is being placed behind Gasquet. Almagro is on the 11th place in the rankings, but since Nadal is absent he gets the 10th seed.

Almagro also proved positive in the Grand Slam tournaments, where it was among his better results during the year.
A player who has also grown very in the recent years, and the Spaniard is now amongst the players serving the most aces on the tour, only surpassed by serving giants like Isner, Querrey, Raonic and Federer.

The biggest favorites:

Novak Djokovic must we expect to get to at least a semi-final, where the Serb has an amazing statistic in Grand Slam tournaments the past two seasons, and has also won the Australian Open two years in a row now.
Djokovic’s big goal for this season is definitely the French Open, which is the only Grand Slam tournament the Serb hasn’t won yet.
This is a player that you have to expect to go far in this tournament if not go all the way, especially now since Nadal is absent.

The odds on Djokovic is of course not very high – where the bookies have him at around 2.50.

Roger Federer is not a player we should write off at first, considering his greatest rival is not gonna play here, which is Rafael Nadal. This opens up the way for Federer, and he will not meet up with Djokovic either until a potential final. The Swiss showed during last season that he is still very hungry for success after he took a new Grand Slam title.

Federer has won the Australian Open four times previously and bookies are giving us 7 times the money on him winning it again, which is tempting!

The biggest outsiders:

Andy Murray has to be mentioned in this regard. The Britain had some incredible months last year. Murray is more than capable of winning the Australian Open now that he’s finally won a Grand Slam which will positively give him more confidence and the belief in himself that he can actually go all the way. Murray will always be an outsider and not a favorite since he’s too unstable, and he’s said so himself he’s not up there yet amongst the top three.

A player that may very well go all the way to a semi-final, but his problem is he tends to struggle some on the road to the finals. He needs to become more stable like he’s shown in the past couple of tournaments.

David Ferrer is a player I fancy a lot – 4th seed in this tourney will give him a big advantage since he won’t be meeting up with any of the three best players until a potential semi-final and he will be a favorite in every game until this point.

David Ferrer is among the players that has impressed me the most this year and so I am tempted by the odds given by the books here at 41 times our money.
If the Spaniard should go far in this tournament you could easily guarantee a profit by selling out in the finals, which could prove to be a wise decision.

The reason is simple, since the ATP tour has been dominated by the 3-4 best players in the world for a long time and not many surprises has been seen here.


Good Luck with your bet’s under the Australian Open and keep following us for more tips that are going to be posted under the Australian Open.


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