2020 Australian Open - Men's Singles - Official Tournament Thread

Who will win AO 2020?


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Enceladus

Hall of Fame






Defending champion: Novak Djokovic (7-time winner (2008, 2011-13, 2015-16 & 2019))


Former AO champions, who will participating in the 2020 edition: Roger Federer (2004, 2006-07, 2010 & 2017-18), Rafael Nadal (2009), Stan Wawrinka (2014)

Official website: Wiki-link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Australian_Open_–_Men's_Singles
Edition: 108th (52nd in the Open era)
Date: 20 January - 2 February
Category: Grand Slam
Governing body: Tennis Australia
Number of players in main draw: 128S
Prize money: A$71 million (USD $49,2 million)
Financial prize for the champion: A$4,120,000 (USD $2,853,100)
Surface: Hard (GreenSet)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Venue: Melbourne Park
TV broadcast:
ATP entry list:
Main draw
1 Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
2 Djokovic, Novak (SRB)
3 Federer, Roger (SUI)
4 Thiem, Dominic (AUT)
5 Medvedev, Daniil (RUS)
6 Tsitsipas, Stefanos (GRE)
7 Zverev, Alexander (GER)
8 Berrettini, Matteo (ITA)
9 Bautista Agut, Roberto (ESP)
10 Monfils, Gael (FRA)
11 Goffin, David (BEL)
12 Fognini, Fabio (ITA)
13 Nishikori, Kei (JPN)
14 Schwartzman, Diego (ARG)
15 Shapovalov, Denis (CAN)
16 Wawrinka, Stan (SUI)
17 Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
18 de Minaur, Alex (AUS)
19 Isner, John (USA)
20 Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
21 Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
22 Pouille, Lucas (FRA)
22 del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG) PR
23 Rublev, Andrey (RUS)
24 Paire, Benoit (FRA)
25 Pella, Guido (ARG)
26 Basilashvili, Nikoloz (GEO)
27 Carreno Busta, Pablo (ESP)
28 Coric, Borna (CRO)
29 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA)
30 Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
31 Milos Raonic (CAN)
32 Fritz, Taylor (USA)
33 Garin, Cristian (CHI)
34 Lajovic, Dusan (SRB)
35 Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER)
36 Opelka, Reilly (USA)
37 Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
38 Djere, Laslo (SRB)
39 Cilic, Marin (CRO)
40 Krajinovic, Filip (SRB)
41 Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)
42 Evans, Daniel (GBR)
43 Mannarino, Adrian (FRA)
44 Querrey, Sam (USA)
45 Cuevas, Pablo (URU)
46 Albot, Radu (MDA)
47 Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
48 Millman, John (AUS)
49 Verdasco, Fernando (ESP)
50 Londero, Juan Ignacio (ARG)
51 Chardy, Jeremy (FRA)
52 Sonego, Lorenzo (ITA)
53 Norrie, Cameron (GBR)
54 Ruud, Casper (NOR)
55 Simon, Gilles (FRA)
56 Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
57 Humbert, Ugo (FRA)
58 Bedene, Aljaz (SLO)
59 Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
60 Sousa, Joao (POR)
61 Gasquet, Richard (FRA)
62 Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
63 Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
64 Andujar, Pablo (ESP)
65 Herbert, Pierre-Hugues (FRA)
66 Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
66 Dolgopolov, Alexandr (UKR) PR
67 Kukushkin, Mikhail (KAZ)
68 Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
69 Edmund, Kyle (GBR)
70 Fucsovics, Marton (HUN)
71 Cecchinato, Marco (ITA)
71 Lu, Yen-Hsun (TPE) PR
72 Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
73 Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
73 Pospisil, Vasek (CAN) PR
74 Ymer, Mikael (SWE)
75 Dellien, Hugo (BOL)
76 Delbonis, Federico (ARG)
77 Jarry, Nicolas (CHI)
78 Sinner, Jannik (ITA)
79 Kohlschreiber, Philipp (GER)
80 Carballes Baena, Roberto (ESP)
81 Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
82 Barrere, Gregoire (FRA)
83 Moutet, Corentin (FRA)
83 McDonald, Mackenzie (USA) PR
84 Travaglia, Stefano (ITA)
85 Johnson, Steve (USA)
86 Munar, Jaume (ESP)
87 Davidovich Fokina, Alejandro (ESP)
88 Kwon, Soonwoo (KOR)
89 Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
90 Paul, Tommy (USA)
91 Anderson, Kevin (RSA)
92 Mayer, Leonardo (ARG)
93 Dzumhur, Damir (BIH)
94 Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
95 Karlovic, Ivo (CRO)
95 Stebe, Cedrik-Marcel (GER) PR
96 Caruso, Salvatore (ITA)
97 Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
98 Gerasimov, Egor (BLR)

Alternates
99 Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
99 Donaldson, Jared (USA) PR
100 Duckworth, James (AUS)
101 Majchrzak, Kamil (POL)
102 Giron, Marcos (USA)
103 Sugita, Yuichi (JPN)
104 Laaksonen, Henri (SUI)
105 Vesely, Jiri (CZE)
106 Schnur, Brayden (CAN)
107 Martin, Andrej (SVK)
108 Novak, Dennis (AUT)
109 Gombos, Norbert (SVK)
110 Daniel, Taro (JPN)
111 Granollers, Marcel (ESP)
112 Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS)
113 Kudla, Denis (USA)
114 Fabbiano, Thomas (ITA)
115 Lorenzi, Paolo (ITA)
116 Hoang, Antoine (FRA)
117 Gojowczyk, Peter (GER)

Qualifying draw
99 Donaldson, Jared (USA) PR
100 Duckworth, James (AUS)
101 Majchrzak, Kamil (POL)
103 Sugita, Yuichi (JPN)

104 Laaksonen, Henri (SUI)
106 Schnur, Brayden (CAN)
107 Martin, Andrej (SVK)
108 Novak, Dennis (AUT)
109 Gombos, Norbert (SVK)
110 Daniel, Taro (JPN)
111 Granollers, Marcel (ESP)
112 Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS)
113 Kudla, Denis (USA)
114 Fabbiano, Thomas (ITA)
115 Lorenzi, Paolo (ITA)
116 Hoang, Antoine (FRA)
117 Gojowczyk, Peter (GER)
118 Mager, Gianluca (ITA)
120 Coria, Federico (ARG)
121 Soeda, Go (JPN)
123 Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
124 Gunneswaran, Prajnesh (IND)
126 Maden, Yannick (GER)
127 Jung, Jason (TPE)
128 Chung, Hyeon (KOR)
130 Nagal, Sumit (IND)
131 Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
134 Polmans, Marc (AUS)
135 Klahn, Bradley (USA)
136 Diez, Steven (CAN)
137 Bagnis, Facundo (ARG)
138 Zhang, Zhizhen (CHN)
139 Kovalik, Jozef (SVK)
140 Sousa, Pedro (POR)
141 Klizan, Martin (SVK)
142 Sela, Dudi (ISR)
143 Varillas, Juan Pablo (PER)
144 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo (ESP)
145 Rola, Blaz (SLO)
146 Gomez, Emilio (ECU)
148 Giannessi, Alessandro (ITA)
150 Stakhovsky, Sergiy (UKR)
151 Giustino, Lorenzo (ITA)
152 Gaio, Federico (ITA)
153 Copil, Marius (ROU)
154 Clarke, Jay (GBR)
155 Milojevic, Nikola (SRB)
156 Ofner, Sebastian (AUT)
157 Darcis, Steve (BEL)
158 Troicki, Viktor (SRB)
159 Bolt, Alex (AUS)
160 Coppejans, Kimmer (BEL)
161 Harris, Andrew (AUS)
163 Otte, Oscar (GER)
164 Molleker, Rudolf (GER)
166 King, Darian (BAR)
167 Krueger, Mitchell (USA)
168 Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN)
169 Petrovic, Danilo (SRB)
170 Martinez, Pedro (ESP)
171 Horansky, Filip (SVK)
172 Hanfmann, Yannick (GER)
174 Domingues, Joao (POR)
174 Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
175 Safwat, Mohamed (EGY)
176 Ymer, Elias (SWE)
178 Griekspoor, Tallon (NED)
180 Rosol, Lukas (CZE)
181 Marcora, Roberto (ITA)
182 Lopez Perez, Enrique (ESP)
183 Lacko, Lukas (SVK)
184 Polansky, Peter (CAN)
185 Tomic, Bernard (AUS)
185 Marterer, Maximilian (GER) PR
186 Popko, Dmitry (KAZ)
187 Moraing, Mats (GER)
188 Wolf, J.J. (USA)
189 Menezes, Joao (BRA)
190 Taberner, Carlos (ESP)
191 Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
192 Couacaud, Enzo (FRA)
193 Li, Zhe (CHN)
194 Mahut, Nicolas (FRA)
195 Collarini, Andrea (ARG)
196 Cressy, Maxime (USA)
197 Vilella Martinez, Mario (ESP)
198 Van de Zandschulp, Botic (NED)
199 Kokkinakis, Thanasi (AUS)
200 Zapata Miralles, Bernabe (ESP)
202 Ferreira Silva, Frederico (POR)
203 Brown, Dustin (GER)
204 Lestienne, Constant (FRA)
205 Robredo, Tommy (ESP)
206 Janvier, Maxime (FRA)
208 Mena, Facundo (ARG)
209 Trungelliti, Marco (ARG)
209 Kavcic, Blaz (SLO) PR
210 Rubin, Noah (USA)
211 Seyboth Wild, Thiago (BRA)
212 Vatutin, Alexey (RUS)
213 Tabilo, Alejandro (CHI)
214 Kuhn, Nicola (ESP)
215 Bai, Yan (CHN)
216 Moriya, Hiroki (JPN)
217 Benchetrit, Elliot (FRA)
218 Mmoh, Michael (USA)
220 Halys, Quentin (FRA)
221 Purcell, Max (AUS)
222 Lamasine, Tristan (FRA)
223 Bachinger, Matthias (GER)
224 Escobedo, Ernesto (USA)
225 Viola, Matteo (ITA)
226 Gulbis, Ernests (LAT)
227 Menendez-Maceiras, Adrian (ESP)
228 Eubanks, Christopher (USA)
229 Napolitano, Stefano (ITA)
230 Young, Donald (USA)
231 Kolar, Zdenek (CZE)
232 Bourgue, Mathias (FRA)

Alternates
233 Lenz, Julian (GER)
234 Muller, Alexandre (FRA)
235 Wu, Tung-Lin (TPE)
237 Ficovich, Juan Pablo (ARG)
238 Lee, Duckhee (KOR)
240 Broady, Liam (GBR)
241 Baldi, Filippo (ITA)
242 Kamke, Tobias (GER)
243 Kwiatkowski, Thai-Son (USA)
244 Ebden, Matthew (AUS)
245 Ortega-Olmedo, Roberto (ESP)
246 Krstin, Pedja (SRB)
247 Nam, Ji Sung (KOR)
248 Cerundolo, Francisco (ARG)
249 Korda, Sebastian (USA)
249 Weintraub, Amir (ISR) PR
250 Galovic, Viktor (CRO)
251 Kotov, Pavel (RUS)
253 Masur, Daniel (GER)
253 Mott, Blake (AUS) PR

Wild cards into main draw:
  • Hugo Gaston (FRA)
  • Marcos Giron Michael Mmoh (USA)
  • Tatsuma Ito (JPN)
  • John-Patrick Smith (AUS)
  • Alex Bolt (AUS)
  • Marc Polmans (AUS)
  • Christopher O'Connell (AUS)
  • Andrew Harris (AUS)
 
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Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
Seems like it's starting a week later than usual next year. If Djokovic can avoid Medvedev and Wawrinka then you'd have to put him as the favourite but it might also depend how strong the Next Gen will be at the beginning of the season. Should be a good one.
 

Enceladus

Hall of Fame
Tournament threads for the last two editions of the AO were created just after the DC finals of the previous seasons, so the precedent for the release of the tournament thread of AO in November already exists. At least this gives you the opportunity to share your expectations / predictions to AO 2020 in off-season.

I will issue the poll only after the draw is released in January.
 

Enceladus

Hall of Fame
Rip plexicusion 2008-2019 :cry:
In 2020 year, the type of hard surface will change again at AO. In mid-2019, company GreenSet won the tender and will supply courts not only for the AO, but also for the new ATP Cup, tournaments in Adelaide (ATP), Brisbane (WTA) and Hobart (WTA). The color of the courts will remain blue.

More information here:
 
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Robert Baratheon

Guest
Taking 2019 and the indoors season in context, it's a GOLDEN chance for ROFL Nedl at the AO next year.
Hope everyone is healthy and GOATING in January.
 

Third Serve

Legend
Yay. Can't wait for more court speed analysis. Especially the part where Fed makes the semi's when everyone is calling it disgustingly slow or the part where Fed loses to Bernard Tomic when everyone's crying about the ridiculous speed.
Ned is the moral victor of the tournament. Therefore the courts are morally slow.
 

icedevil0289

G.O.A.T.
Seems like it's starting a week later than usual next year. If Djokovic can avoid Medvedev and Wawrinka then you'd have to put him as the favourite but it might also depend how strong the Next Gen will be at the beginning of the season. Should be a good one.

is that to accommodate the ATP cup which ends on the 12th?
 

Nadal_King

Semi-Pro
Really gonna be interesting,this is Djokovic' s den,nadal is in one of the most consistent phases of his career, newgen(Medvedev, tsitsipas and sort of thiem)are on the rise like never in last few years, Federer's most successful slam since last few years add into mix likes of Wawrinka, del potro,kyrgios(if this guy finally shows up) then we could be in for a hell of a ride.Come fast 2020 just for this fun slam!!!
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster






Defending champion: Novak Djokovic (7-time winner (2008, 2011-13, 2015-16 & 2019)


Former AO champions, who will participating in the 2020 edition: Roger Federer (2004, 2006-07, 2010 & 2017-18), Rafael Nadal (2009), Stan Wawrinka (2014)

Official website: Edition: 108th (52nd in the Open era)
Date: 20 January - 2 February
Category: Grand Slam
Governing body: Tennis Australia
Number of players in main draw: 128S
Surface: Hard (GreenSet)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Venue: Melbourne Park
TV Broadcast:
Further informations will be added.
Second year running that Dunlop will be manufacturers of the official ball.

Yonex will also be in their second year as official tournament stringers.
 

Zebrev

Hall of Fame
This is going to be the most interesting tournament in years. The GOAT debate is hotting up and it seems like it could become a 3 horse race.

Ofcourse if Nadal wins all debate is over, because not only will he draw level with Federer on twenty slams, but he will also nab the Double Career Slam, a unique accomplishment in this era.
But Nadal is always the bridesmaid never the bride at the Australian Open, ending finalist at 2 of the last 3 editions.

The natural favourite should be Djokovic, since he is the greatest player of all time at this event, although probably Federer has more semifinal appearance so its about even. Novak struggles mentally these days, and has had bizarre "gone walkabouts" moments in both the French Open and Us Open and WTF this year. Its strange because oridinarily he is so storng mentally, but it seems like he just wakes up on the wrong side of the bed these days, and goes down meekly at the really important events. First time I noticed this was Dominic Thiem match RG 2017.

The next gen are all very threatening now, compared with 2 years ago and I think, dimitrov, Thiem, Zverev, Tsitipas and Medvedev all pose a danger to the big three. But I think its still too early for a youngster to way all the way and win it. That being said, its the most wide open slam in a long while. I think anything can happen and the script has been thrown out the window completely.

Predictions:

Chances to win -

1. Federer
2. Djokovic
3. Nadal
4. Zverev
5. Thiem
 

Mike Sams

Legend
Inb4 Federer makes a claim he’s feeling betterer than everer and the courts are nice 'n fast, only to lose to Struff the next day.
Wouldn't fast courts be beneficial to big hitters and big servers, allowing them to hit through the court easier?
 

Mike Sams

Legend
This is going to be the most interesting tournament in years. The GOAT debate is hotting up and it seems like it could become a 3 horse race.

Ofcourse if Nadal wins all debate is over, because not only will he draw level with Federer on twenty slams, but he will also nab the Double Career Slam, a unique accomplishment in this era.
But Nadal is always the bridesmaid never the bride at the Australian Open, ending finalist at 2 of the last 3 editions.

The natural favourite should be Djokovic, since he is the greatest player of all time at this event, although probably Federer has more semifinal appearance so its about even. Novak struggles mentally these days, and has had bizarre "gone walkabouts" moments in both the French Open and Us Open and WTF this year. Its strange because oridinarily he is so storng mentally, but it seems like he just wakes up on the wrong side of the bed these days, and goes down meekly at the really important events. First time I noticed this was Dominic Thiem match RG 2017.

The next gen are all very threatening now, compared with 2 years ago and I think, dimitrov, Thiem, Zverev, Tsitipas and Medvedev all pose a danger to the big three. But I think its still too early for a youngster to way all the way and win it. That being said, its the most wide open slam in a long while. I think anything can happen and the script has been thrown out the window completely.

Predictions:

Chances to win -

1. Federer
2. Djokovic
3. Nadal
4. Zverev
5. Thiem
Djokovic struggles mentally at times but never at AO. Although that could change. It will take Stanimal version 2.0 or a red hot Med or Thiem or Tsitsipas to take him down. Not sure Federer or Nadal can do it.
 

Nadal_King

Semi-Pro
Aus open is wide open this time I feel, djokovic isn't the dominant beast of 3-4 yrs back, nadal just doesn't cross the finish line here, fed is well 38 rest there are genuine next genners who are coming up the ladder Medvedev's rise doesn't decieve me infact he seriously looks the resl deal to me, tsitsipas just won his first big title and I feel it will do more good to him than bad, thiem is in the best phase of his career especially on hard courts. I feel big 3 this time genuinely can be beaten by next gen but if they aren't now then this year will be again bog 3 or rather big 2 and they will only be stopoed by there own age like Federer.
 
Seems like it's starting a week later than usual next year. If Djokovic can avoid Medvedev and Wawrinka then you'd have to put him as the favourite but it might also depend how strong the Next Gen will be at the beginning of the season. Should be a good one.
Wawrinka has zero to negative 50% chance on these low bouncing fast HC against nole..
 

weakera

Legend
It'll be fun when james blake says in an ESPN2 interview a week before the tournament that the courts are playing low and fast and all of the maestronians erupt in celebration.
 

WarriorRafa

Professional
It'll be fun when james blake says in an ESPN2 interview a week before the tournament that the courts are playing low and fast and all of the maestronians erupt in celebration.
All the courts except RG do not favor Rafa and even there the balls are going to be changed from next year + roof. But if Rafa does well then all courts are slow no?
 

Mike Sams

Legend
All the courts except RG do not favor Rafa and even there the balls are going to be changed from next year + roof. But if Rafa does well then all courts are slow no?
When did Nadal ever really struggle on any court? He just changed up a few things in his game and he was fine. Most surfaces play the same way. It's not that big a challenge. Even Ferrer and numerous clay courters have had great results across all the Slams.
 

Mike Sams

Legend
Wawrinka has zero to negative 50% chance on these low bouncing fast HC against nole..
The surface isn't necessarily the problem in their matchups in the Slams. The problem is Stan doesn't give 2 sh*ts about Djokovic or his game. And Djokovic isn't himself when he sees Stan on the other end in a best of 5. He's got some type of mental block.
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
I'm going out on a limb and saying a next gen star will win. Here's who I think have good chances: Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Beretini, and Shapovalov as a long shot.
 

Yugram

Legend
It'll be fun when james blake says in an ESPN2 interview a week before the tournament that the courts are playing low and fast and all of the maestronians erupt in celebration.
Same old, same old. Meanwhile Federer’s latest Big tournament win on fast courts was almost 2 years ago.
 

tonylg

Hall of Fame
I've cancelled my plans to go to AO. Will make a decision after I see the new Greenset surface. I've just shelled out far too many tournaments over the past decade that have been played on slow high bouncing courts.
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
GreenSet has a big variety of products,

Considering the climate and the outdoor nature of the tournament, I guess it will be similar to the 2016 Olympics surface.

What I mean by this is,

Murray will win AO.
so it's a slow court?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Looks like Shapo will win it this year, enjoy it while you can because when he wins his 20th slam people will begin to be bored by his dominance.
With his 20 and Sinner’s equal or more titles there won’t be any left for LastGen or LostGen, no?
 

3fees

G.O.A.T.
Australia’s major tournaments, including Australian Open, will have their courts’ surfaces replaced by GreenSet Worldwide, the new official court supplier of Tennis Australia, starting from 2020

"GreenSet is 50 years old company that assured quality courts for events like London’s ATP Finals, the Paris ATP Masters, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and the Davis Cup Finals held in Madrid. Moreover, Tiley mentioned that the surfaces will remain mostly the same, but some twitches will be made in the installation phase to level up the quality: “Under GreenSet’s guidance, our cushioned acrylic surface will remain the same, but with a very detailed and intensive installation process designed to achieve the highest quality playing surface at each of the venues. "

Cheers
3Fees :)
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Seems Federer is living rent free in your brain. You might want to take a break from this forum for a little while and reevaluate your existence. :whistle:
@Mike Sams Remember that most of the trolls here who profess to be Nadal/Djokovic "fans" are more accurately Fed haters. It's quite clear that their main priority is to root against Federer and celebrate his losses as opposed to celebrating their favorite's wins. The 40-15 crowd and VB'ers personify that. It's an interesting psychological malady and seen here a lot.
 
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