January 13th the Australian Open 2014 will begin , let’s give a quick look to the momentum of some of the player we will see in action in just one week.
First days of 2014 very calm for Djokovic, who has not played any official match yet.
The Australian tournament has always seen him in great shape with four victories from 2008 to 2013, and three consecutive successes in the last three editions of the tournament.
He has ended 2013 raising up his game, winning in Bejing, Shanghai, Paris and London. In the last season he has won seven tournaments six of which on the hard surface, and as defending champion he takes the uncomfortable role of favorite for this edition. Also triumphing this year he would become the first player of the Open era to win for five times the Australian tournament, right now he shares the record with Roger Federer (2004,2006,20072010) and Andre Agassi (1995,2000,20012003).
Nice new year start for Nadal who wins the Doha tournament (6-1,6-7,6-2 vs Gael Monfils).
Ten the tournaments won by the Spanish last year, that besides the usual dominion on clay, (where only Novak Djokovic defetead him in Montecarlo’s final) He has also shown a solid game on hard surface, in theory the most difficoult surface for him after the recovery from the long injury.
He had won in Australia in 2009, and then he lost twice at the 1/4 final, in 2010 against Murray, Nadal get retired in the third set, and in 2011 he lost in the three sets against David Ferrer, before reaching another final in 2012 and get defeated by Djokovic
A lot of questions about Andy Murray in this new year.The most important thing will be how he will recover after the back surgery suffered in late september.In 2013 after his huge wins at Wimbledon he’s not be able to play at his usual levels tormented by the pains to the back that has forced him to end his season in advance .
Back in the tournament of Doha he has been eliminated in the second round by Florian Mayer showing a physical condition far from optimal. We won’t probably see the true Murray in Australia and it is very difficult that he can reach the winning in a tournament that for three times has escaped from him in the last act(2010,20112013).
Of course he’s not in his prime anymore, but say that he’s done just because of a bad year seems too much.
A lot of news for him this year, beginning from the new partnership with Edberg (who will be in Australia) up to the use of the new 98 square inches racket after the not happy experiment during last summer. And above all the awareness that for the first time in the last ten years nobody believes that he can have a real shot of winning something big.
Maybe it won’t be in Australia, but I am convinced that Roger Federer still has some aces in his sleeves to bounce back from the worst year in his career .
Rudy Tomjanovich, historical coach of the Houston Rockets said “Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion”
These are the usual four, those of which everyone speak, but there will be a lot of others players in Australia, a lot dangerous underdogs that nobody will be happy to meet.