Thursday, 10 January 2013

Novak Djokovic and Australian Open 2013

Novak Djokovic will enter Australian Open as the two time defending champion, aiming to become the first man in the open are to win the Australian Open titles 3 years in a row. Djokovic will also be vying to tie Pete Samprass and Roger Federer’s record of holding most open era Australian Open titles of 4.

Novak Djokovic was impressive in his first two exhibitions of the year at Abu Dhabi and Hopman cup. The only match he lost there was at the hands of Australian youngster Bernard Tomic.

How will Novak Djokovic fare at the Australian Open this year. Let us see what his chances are:

Novak Djokovic and Australian Open 2013 – based on the past results of the top seeds at Australian Open

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Based on the past trend Djokovic has a huge 76% chance of making it to the quarter-final or better of Australian Open 2013.

A top seed has won the Australian Open title 10 times in the past 25 years going 10-2 in the final. What is more interesting and pleasing for Novak Djokovic and his fans is that a top seed has won the Australian Open title in 5 of the past 7 editions of the Australian Open.

The only top seed to lose the opener of the Australian Open during the last 25 years was Lleyton Hewit back in 2002.

Novak Djokovic’s chances of winning the Australian Open are very bright based on the history of top seed. 
Will he be able to continue the trend?

Novak Djokovic and Australian Open 2013 – based on the past results of Novak Djokovic at Australian Open

Novak Djokovic is an impressive 32-5 at the Australian Open with 3 titles in his pocket and will be going for a 3 peat that no other player has ever achieved in the open era at Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic is the 2 time defending champion and has been to the quarter-finals or better for the past 5 years. In-fact Djokovic has either lost in the quarter-finals (2009 and 2010), or gone to win the title(2008, 2011, 2012) in his past 5 appearances at Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic’s last loss in Australian Open came in the quarter-finals at the hands of Jo Wilfried Tsonga.
The Melbourne courts favour the Serbs’ game and the past few years have shown that no other player shines in Melbourne the way Novak Djokovic shines.

It is also interesting to note that there will be only two active players in the Australian Open draw who have beaten Novak Djokovic at Australian Open before.

Novak Djokovic’s losses came at the hand of the following players:

    Year               Round         Player    Status         
    2005     R128    Marat Safin    Retired
    2006     R128      Paul Goldstein    Retired
    2007     R16    Roger Federer    Active
    2009     QF    Andy Roddick       Retired
    2010     QF   Jo-Wilfried Tsonga         Active

Roger Federer and Jo Wilfried Tsonga are the only active players in the Australian Open draw who have defeated the Serb on the Melbourne courts, however what is interesting to note is that Novak Djokovic has also beaten these two players on Melbourne courts before. Djokovic is 2-1 against Roger Federer at Australian Open and 1-1 against Jo Wilfried Tsonga at Australian Open.

The question will be, who can step up to defeat the Serb and snap his winning streak at the Australian Open? Will it be Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Juan Martin Delpotro, David Ferrer, Jo WilfriedTsonga, Tomas Berdych, Janko Tipsarevic or some other player or will it be Djokovic who will be left standing at the end of the two weeks battle? Let us wait and watch.

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