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AUS OPEN PREVIEW – MEN’S TOURNAMENT

Regarded as one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, several tennis stars will be looking to get off to the best possible start to the new year. However, one question remains: can anyone dethrone Novak Djokovic off the pedestal and claim the Australian Open for themselves?

The Top Contenders

Novak Djokovic

After winning his 10th Australian Open last year, no one is more dominant in tennis than the Serbian superstar. Djokovic enters the tournament as the favourite and will be eager to win his fifth Grand Slam title in Australia in six years. Set to go far in the tournament, he should be a lock to reach the final four, considering his ability to defeat his opponent quickly and the ability to launch a comeback back into the game. This is despite losing to Aussie Alex de Minaur earlier this year, 4-6, 4-6 – his first loss in Australia in 44 matches.

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Carlos Alcaraz

The withdrawal of Rafael Nadal means the 20-year-old Alcaraz has been handed the torch and enters the tournament as the No.2 men’s player in the world. The Spanish sensation may be young, but that hasn’t counted him out from emerging victorious in the big games. While he has only made it to the 3rd Round of the Australian Open in the past, he has yet to play in Australia in his prime after withdrawing from last year’s competition due to injury. Coming off a successful 2023 year, he will be eager to continue his good form and win his first Australian Open.

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Danii Medvedev

After making back-to-back Australian Open finals in 2021 and 2022, Medvedev took an early exit at last year’s Australian Open and will aim to redeem the loss this time. The Russian has been one of the most consistent players in Australia over the last decade (apart from the ‘Big 3’ of tennis). It’s hard to bet against a player with a record of 21-7 in Australia and Grand Slam-winning experience under his belt.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas

Coming off an injury-riddled 2023 season, Tsitsipas is aiming to go one better this year after losing to Djokovic in straight sets in the 2023 Australian Open Final. While he may not have walked away with the title, he showed dominance and defeated the likes of Jannik Sinner, Jiri Lehecka, and Karen Khachanov on his way to the final. Admitting he has nothing to lose, he is rejuvenated to exact revenge and will be one to watch throughout the tournament. The star from Greece has yet to win a Grand Slam title, but this year could be his.

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BEST AUSSIE HOPE – Alex de Minaur

Ranked No.12 in the world and closing on a Top 10 spot in the men’s rankings, Alex de Minaur is the best chance Australia has for one of their own to walk out as the winner at the end of the Australian Open. Having earned the backing of Todd Woodbridge and John Newcombe to go far in the tournament, if he can produce big victories like defeating Novak Djokovic (a fact he already did this year), there is no telling how far he will go in the tournament.

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BEST ROUGHIE – Stanislas Wawrinka

It may have been a decade since Wawrinka won the Australian Open in 2014, but the former world No.3 should be considered a dark horse to win this year’s tournament. Despite only going past the 2nd Round once since 2018, the Swiss superstar has the ability to dethrone any player standing in front of him. Looking to reclaim his greatness before he announces his retirement from tennis, Wawrinka will be eager to go far in the campaign and has been known to possess “the best one-handed backhand in the game” – a shot that allowed compatriot Roger Federer to achieve the success he did.

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