A look ahead to the Australian Open

The 2016 Australian Open gets underway on January 18th and there are plenty of talented players who will fancy their chances of winning the first major title of the calendar year. In 2015, Novak Djokovic was simply outstanding and claimed three of the sport’s four major competitions. The Australian Open is one of his favourite tournaments and the Serbian, who is currently deservedly ranked as the number one player in the world, has won the competition five times in his illustrious career.

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However, Djokovic won’t have it easy. The likes of Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will all be quietly confident of their own chances and could feature in the latter stages of the tournament. While Djokovic is superior on the hard court surface, anything can happen in a major championship and it wouldn’t be a massive surprise to see a number of shock early exits throughout the competition.

Many people will be tipping the world number one to continue his dominance in Melbourne but others will be taking advantage of other markets, such as the head-to-head markets. Head-to-heads are the biggest market at Betway and are becoming more and more popular in a number of sports, including tennis. You can also find plenty of other markets on their website, including most aces and which star will progress further through the competition. The likes of Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will also feature highly in Betway’s specials and wide range of markets.

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As already mentioned, Murray is one of the leading chasers for Djokovic’s crown and the Scot has shown plenty of quality throughout the last 18 months. After his slump in form, Murray has bounced back well and was unlucky in each of the Grand Slam events last season. In 2016, he will be there or thereabouts in every competition and will believe that he can challenge Djokovic at the top of the rankings.

While Federer is obviously ageing, he remains one of the world’s best players. Like a fine wine, the Swiss star appears to be getting better with age but may struggle on the hard court surface. He reached the US Open final in the most recent Grand Slam event but couldn’t compete with the quicker Djokovic and lost in four sets. Although the form-book is against him, he remains a dark horse to succeed in Melbourne.

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Tennis fans will be treated to two weeks of excellent, high-quality action and Australians will be hoping that Nick Kyrgios can progress through the competition on home soil. However, neutrals will be expecting a final four showdown between Djokovic, Murray, Federer and Wawrinka. If Murray performs at his very best, he could well start the 2016 season with a Grand Slam victory in the first major of the year.