The Official Australian Open 2013 thread

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Who will win the first Slam of 2013?

  1. Novak Djokovic

    36.4%
  2. Roger Federer

    31.0%
  3. Andy Murray

    16.3%
  4. Rafael Nadal

    6.2%
  5. David Ferrer

    1.6%
  6. Thomas Berdych

    1.6%
  7. Juan Martin Del Potro

    3.1%
  8. Jo Wilfried Tsonga

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    0.0%
  9. Janko Tipsarevic

    1.6%
  10. Someone else

    2.3%
  1. martini1

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    I am gonna go bold and predict Roger will win AO and FO this year, but almost nothing else.
     
  2. veroniquem

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    But it was obvious Fed would prevail at the end. I don't think Simon is capable of such an upset in a slam. Now less than ever. (And it would definitely be an easy one for either Djoko or Murray. Not my fault if Fed is more vulnerable than other top players)
     
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  3. SoBad

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    So I am sure they are going to stick Murray into Djokovic half of the draw. I bet Djokovic and Murray will have to contend with every rising ATP star and dangerous veteran all time greats in their quarters.
     
  4. veroniquem

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    I bet Djoko will get Monfils, Tomic, Dolgo, Isner, Delpo, and Murray lol. With the luck he has with draws, wouldn't surprise me one bit.
     
  5. Matheson

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    2 for Tip but 0 for Tsong? Really?
     
  6. namelessone

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    Gasquet is a easy match-up for almost all of the top guys. He is flashy but only plays well in patches.

    Simon is not because he doesn't give you anything with his style, he is usually consistent, a sort of skinny ferrer.
     
  7. Rob31

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    I don't think Gasquet is an easy match-up for Federer and Murray if he plays well and Simon isn't an easy match-up for Federer if he plays well.
    While i agree that Simon is generally a consistent player like Ferrer, i don't think he's a sort of skinny Ferrer: he's more powerful, change the pace of the ball more often, he's a counterpuncher who can hit surprinsing flat shots from time to time when playing well (that's why Federer can struggle against him) whereas Ferrer is a grinder, an aggressive one at his best but who can't be really surprising in his shotmaking.
    Ferrer is simply better mentally, physically, more regular, has a more consistent serve (much better first serve percentage) and more willpower in general.
     
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  9. Walenty

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    Novak hasn't gotten a tough draw in quite a while. It will probably be Murray that gets that kind of draw (he always does).

    But then the tough draw will conveniently dissolve for Andy by the second week, which it always seems to do.
     
  10. underground

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    Murray's draw always just evaporates no matter how tough it is, either that or his opponents melt in front of him.
     
  11. Duncan Bell

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    Too early for Jo. He'll win the french, Wimbledon, US & the 2013 Olympic Gold though
     
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    Most of them just get swept away in the wind like Dorothy
     
  13. veroniquem

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    I don't think they're gonna have Olympics in 2013...
     
  14. veroniquem

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    He got a tough draw in the last 2 editions of AO.
     
  15. Gonzo_style

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    Exactly!
    In 2011-Berdych, Federer, Murray.
    In 2012-Ferrer, Murray, Nadal.
     
  16. joeri888

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    What do you guys think? Will Davy be a force at the AO? I think That on hardcourt when hes on, hes really dangerous. Especially bein unseeded. It Will be interesting to see where he lands
     
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    Davydenko can be the toughest but also the easiest opponent possible. On a good day he could beat anyone but on a bad day he could lose against a player u have never heard of.
    I believe if he wins the tourney he will be seeded around 30 or so.
    Regarding AO,i dunno how fit he is to last best of 5 set matches.
     
  18. veroniquem

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    At this point, not vs top players, no. He used to be in a best of 3. Never much in a best of 5 anyway.
     
  19. joeri888

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    Maybe not against rog or Andy or nole, but how About Ferrer, or berdych or tsonga? He could threaten them right?
     
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    That's untrue, often it took Federer to stop him. (on hardcourt alone: 2006,2007 USO SF and 2006, 2010 AO QF); he would've destroyed Nadal had they met there.

    IF he can hold on to his current form, he's definitely a dangerous floater.

    But he's too inconsistent these days; in theory he can still produce an upset, but I can't see it happening.
     
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    In a slam? I don't think so. Ferrer maybe but Ferrer is 30 anyway and I don't see him as a main slam contender at this point either.
     
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    That's a joke. Davy would not have destroyed Nadal in any slam (except maybe on hard pre-two thousand eight). Davy himself admits he's much better in best of 3 format and he's right.
     
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    davydenko, baghdatis, monfils could all be dangerous floaters. the young guns dimitrov and tomic have started the year with some form too
     
  24. double barrels

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    most important AO question

    will Roddick be commentating?

    need to know whether or not to avoid ESPN if so
     
  25. underground

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    If he does, I'll love to know what he'll say during Fed's matches. :twisted:
     
  26. iriraz

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    I find it unlikely he will travel to Australia and get involved in the commentary so soon after he retired.More likely,if he is interested in doing some commentary, he will chose the Us Open.
     
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    I think that when oppenents "melt" or choke, its because (as much as alot of people on this forum wont admit) Murray IS a pretty daunting task of trying to beat. Everyone knows that he and the likes of djokovic will chase down pretty much every ball and get it back into play, making them extremely hard to put away even on a good day.
     
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    Yeah, I'm pretty sure he won't be commentating this AO. He would probably do a good job though, because he's a fun guy that knows how to talk and he knows a lot about the modern game. The question is if he wants do it.
     
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    Don't matter who Novak faces, he's the best.

    FACT! 8)
     
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    Does he even lift?

    Has he won the French Open?

    Can he avoid bagels from old man Fed?

    Can he fly like an eagle (the golden, victorious kind)?

    [​IMG]
     
  32. monfed

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    Joke won't win this time.Book it.

    Nice sig. :lol:
     
  33. Warmaster

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    With the draw ceremony coming closer it's time to take a look at the strongest unprotected, unseeded players. Who do you consider to be a dangerous floater? This is my list of first round opponents the top seeds will want to avoid!

    Monfils - A solid top 20 player, but unlikely to cause an upset especially given his long absence.

    Nalbandian - On a good day he's always a threat (not only to line judges!). He didn't play any warmup events though, has anyony got info on him?

    Davydenko - Showed us in Doha that he's not done yet, but with his inconsistency these days it remains to be seen whether Playstation or Gollum shows up!

    Baghdatis - In good form again and always inspired in Australia. One of my dark horses. He might be able to clinch one of the last seeds though.

    Hewitt - Doesn't need an introduction really, he played an inspired tournament last year, let's hope he can do it one more time! 3 cheers for Rusty!

    Tomic - Had a disappointing 2012, but like Baghdatis, he can do a little extra in Australia. Tough to predict though.

    Dimitrov - Playing the Brisbane final and he looked very strong throughout the entire tournament. The hype is back, let's hope he can handle it! (Should he win the final, he might just be seeded)

    Anyone else I should add or someone that shouldn't be on the list?
     
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  34. Raz11

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    With the week almost over. The seeds for AO will most likely baring injuries be:

    1. Djokovic
    2. Federer
    3. Murray
    4. Ferrer

    5. Berdych
    6. Del Potro
    7. Tsonga
    8. Tipsarevic

    9. Gasquet
    10. Almagro
    11. Monaco
    12. Isner

    13. Cilic
    14. Raonic
    15. Simon
    16. Wawrinka

    17. Nishikori
    18. Kohlschreiber
    19. Dolgopolov
    20. Haas
    21. Querrey
    22. Seppi
    23. Verdasco
    24. Youzhny

    25. Janowicz
    26. Mayer
    27. Melzer
    28. Klizan
    29. Baghdatis
    30. Bellucci
    31. Stepanek
    32. Granollers
     
  35. DolgoSantoro

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    Here's to DolGOATpolov winning his maiden slam. Or Fed, if that's too unrealistic.
     
  36. ruerooo

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    He played Auckland last year, IIRC. Didn't he make it to the final, only to get beat by Ferru?
     
  37. TheF1Bob

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    Has Federer ever saved match points in consecutive years at the same tournament against the same player?

    Has Federer ever beaten the world no.3, no.2 and no.1 in consecutive matches?

    Has Federer ever been on a 43 match unbeaten run?

    Has Federer eaten any gluten food?

    The Son of God will triumph over his peasants.

    And yes... NSK is hilarious. :lol:
     
  38. joeri888

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    I heard it is incredibly hot in australia now. Any ideas what That Will do to the tennis conditions (ie ball through air, speed of court, ball bounce
     
  39. underground

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    Rankings situation: someone needs to double check this for me.

    - To clinch #1: Djokovic to lose at the QF and Federer to win the title.
    - The only rankings that are guaranteed for top 10 players are Federer and Ferrer, who will not go below their current rankings respectively regardless of result
    - Ferrer will overtake Nadal regardless of result, Ferrer can also take over Murray by winning the title if Murray loses his 1st match Down Under.
    - Berdych can overtake Nadal if he reaches the final, he can also overtake Ferrer if Berdych wins the title and Ferrer loses before the 3rd round.
    - Delpo can overtake Nadal if he wins the title.

    So the range of rankings that the top guys can end up at is:

    - Djokovic and Federer: #1 or #2
    - Murray: #3 or #4
    - Ferrer: #4 or #5 (Ferrer>Nadal)
    - Nadal: #5, #6 or #7
    - Berdych: From #4 to outside top 10
    - Delpo: From #5 to outside top 10

    I'm not gonna bother saying what the other guys would end up at because they can't overtake Nadal anyway.
     
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    btw when is the draw announced?
     
  41. batz

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    I think it's Friday mate.
     
  42. Relinquis

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    I think the schedule is up on Thursday (8th Jan).

    I think Murray will win it, although I would love to see Federer in the final or holding up the trophy.

    I also want to see Gasquet do well (quarter finals at least) just so we have another one handed backhander up there. 17 people voted Nadal? Sadly, he's not playing guys... I hope he gets well with enough time ahead of the next slam.
     
  43. Povl Carstensen

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    Maybe it has been discussed, but I actually like to see that Djok is the favourite, as a further proof that this place is not 90% one eyed Federer fanatics.
     
  44. batz

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    8th Jan is Tuesday mate. Official site says draw is on Friday:

    http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/ms/index.html
     
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    Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray.
    Del Potro is the dark horse. IF he can even be called that considering he already won a HC slam..
     
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  47. joeri888

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    Does the top half Always play first and the thursday semifinal?
     
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    He can since he hasn't really come close to winning one since but at the same time there are only a few guys outside the top 4 which you can put ahead of him.
     
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    In the third round, 1-4 draws 29-32 right or anyone from 25-32?
     
  50. tennis_pro

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    Pretty sure it's 29-32.
     

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