MUSINGS: Oz Open tennis champ
And the winner is … RHYS YAHYA studies his crystal, or rather tennis ball, to make an educated guess as to who’s likely to walk away with the title this year.
It’s happening right now – the best male tennis players across the world are competing for the coveted Norman Brookes trophy of the Australian Open. Taking place in Melbourne Park, the first major of the year draws huge crowds, with the Australians rooting for their home players to win the crown – the last Australian to win was Mark Edmondson in 1976. With hot Australian favourites such as the veteran Lleyton Hewitt, rising star Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic to battle it out against the top seeds like Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka, who each won an Australian Open title at least once, competition will be fierce and exciting.
Here are my top picks as to who will win the Australian Open 2015:
1. Novak Djokovic (Seeded No. 1)
Having won the Australian Open 4 times (2008, 2011 – 2013), he is one of my top favourite to win this year’s title. With his punishing groundstrokes and lethal two-handed backhand that can push his opponents over the edge, the Serb is able to dominate most players in just 3 sets.
2. Rafael Nadal (Seeded No. 2)
If there is one player to look out for this season, it is this guy. The Spaniard may just have had an appendectomy, but his results this year show that he is unstoppable. Although he clinched the title back in 2009, he did not manage to defend his title in 2010 due to a formidable foe, Andy Murray. As a lefthander with formidable “lasso” forehand, he is able to generate ruthless topspins that prevents players from playing near the net. (On a side note, I am rooting for him to win)