Australian Open: No Andy Murray Means The Men’s Field Will Come Down To The Big Three
We know now that Andy Murray is out until Wimbledon. This leaves a spot in the men’s top-four available. We’ve got Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, all vying for the Australian Open title, but what if none of them come out victorious?
The names in the men’s draw could easily dethrone any member of the remaining top-four. You’ve got Stan Wawrinka, the winner of the 2014 Australian Open, as the favorite outside of Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic. The Stanimal has the number of Djokovic and has played hard against both Fed and Nadal.
There’s Milos Raonic, a semi-finalist at the 2016 Australian Open in 2016. He’s the Canadian star that has burst on to the scene in recent years. While never being able to win the big match, he’s fought tough against both Djokovic and Murray. Raonic is a former top-five player in the world.
There are many other names that could unseat the top-three. Kei Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov to name a few, but truthfully it’s unlikely anyone not named Nadal, Federer, or Djokovic will win the Australian Open, especially with Murray out of the picture.
Andy Murray was on fire during the 2016 season. He advanced to the Finals of the Australian and French in 2016 and won Wimbledon. But 2017 saw the emergence and resurgence of Nadal and Federer. Murray sat out the US Open in 2017. And as he now nurses his hip injury, the field has lessened quite a bit.
Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer have all won the Australian Open before. Djokovic has won the event six times, Nadal has won once, and Federer has come out on top five times. It would seem Djokovic is the clear favorite in this event, but last year it was Nadal who placed second. In 2015 and 2016, Djokovic won back to back, beating Andy Murray both years.
If anyone is to unseat the big three it’s going to be Raonic or Wawrinka, the 2014 winner of the Australian. Raonic is the underdog in this event and could win the whole thing. Still, with Murray gone, it’s going to come down to one of the big three. Someone will step up in Murray’s absence, but it’s unlikely they win.
Federer and Nadal are playing amazing tennis. Djokovic is one of the all-time greats at the Australian Open. It’s unlikely anyone can stop them this year. All three are on a collision course to be the world’s number 1 best player. But when Murray comes back, all bets are off.[DanielTwitter]