It’s almost here, the first Grand Slam of the season. Let’s take a look at who will win the Australian Open 2020. What is your guess?
Last year saw Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in what was a pretty one-sided final. Nadal’s failure to make a match of it seemed completely at odds with his form. And although it was no major surprise that Djokovic won, the fact that he did so in straight sets was a bit of a shock, to say the least. This time around, however, we think that Nadal will have learned from his mistakes and should make a better show of it should he reach the final.
Roger Federer, although still up there with the best, has lost that air of invincibility that he possessed for so long. While it’s quite possible that he could make the final and win the tournament outright, we reckon that one of the lower-ranked players such as Andy Murray could put him out in the earlier rounds.
Who wins the men’s title?
Players like Murray may not have the best opportunity to win in Melbourne, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that people should bet against him or any of the other lower seeded players. In fact, bookmakers such as SkyBet will offer odds for any player to win the tournament outright. With this in mind, fans can hedge their bets with a safe wager on one of the favorites and place a smaller bet on one of the lower-ranked players with greater odds. Wagers can be placed even on good old Andy to win any one of the season’s grand slams including the Australian Open.
So who do we fancy to win the men’s title? It has to be Nadal or Djokovic, right? The smart money will likely go on Novak, but we’d love to see Nadal get revenge for the last time out.
Now, this is where it gets really interesting. Since Serena Williams took her break from tennis, we’ve been spoiled with the competitiveness of the women’s game. The emergence of Naomi Osaka as the not so new kid on the block has been inspiring. And as a result, it seems as if pretty much everyone has upped their game.
The 2019 champion Osaka hasn’t made it past the third round of any other major tournament. Hopefully, she can start off 2020 with a bang and get herself on course for another final appearance. Standing in her way, of course, is the record-seeking Serena Williams. Stuck on 23 Grand Slam wins, it seems as if she’ll never equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24. It’s fitting that she could equal the record in the arena named for the record holder. In fact, Court herself will be in attendance at the final.
It’s hard to bet against Williams, but she has shown before that she can sometimes let her frustrations get the better of her. If she is to win in Melbourne, she needs to keep her head in the right place.
Halep is still a threat
Simona Halep has dropped from #1 all the way down to #7 in the world rankings, but she still poses a threat. Unfortunately for her, she has never made it too far in the tournament, going out in the first round on four occasions. Another player who might cause an upset is world #6 Angelique Kerber. The German won the Australian Open back in 2016, while she made the semi-finals in the 2018 tournament. It would be a tough ask to expect her to make it through to the final at all, but stranger things have happened.
So who do we think will win? Our heads tell us that there’s no match for a motivated Serena Williams but we all know that, much like Federer, she’s not quite as unbeatable as she once was. There’s also the pressure of equaling and then breaking that record which will play on her mind. So we’re going with Osaka for this one. Although the world #2 hasn’t had a great time at major tournaments since her last win, we still think that the experience of having done it before will stand her in good stead.
Murray, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Williams, Osaka, Andreescu…who takes it?
So who do you think will be victorious in February 2020? Could Murray upset everyone and claim his fourth Grand Slam? Or will Nadal equal Federer’s tally of 20? Will Serena finally equal that record? Whoever wins, there’s no doubt that this coming Open will be one of the most memorable in history.