With the temperatures soaring down under in Australia, many have expected some big upsets at the 2014 Australian Open, yet in the Men’s Singles tournament that has not happened to any of the “Big Four” men’s tennis superstars, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. None has even lost a single set! While any showdowns between these well-known foes are still several rounds away, there is every possibility that they will be squaring off in the latter stages of this Grand Slam event.
Rafael Nadal capped off his incredible return to form in 2013 with 2 Grand Slam titles and ended the year as the top ranked player worldwide. He looks to be continuing this run of great play.
His main rival, Novak Djokovic dropped to second in the rankings, but did find some solace in defeating Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals to end the season in November. He would love to meet Nadal in the Australian Open Final and defend his crown. The two have had a very competitive rivalry throughout the years and another Grand Slam Final with these two would be a great way to kick off 2014.
3rd seeded Andy Murray had a remarkable 2013, becoming the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon, however the rest of his year was marked by a back injury that limited him. After going through surgery, this year will be a big year for him to continue his top play. Starting well in this tournament, let’s see how far he can progress.
And then there is Roger Federer, out to prove that his career isn’t quite finished just yet! His 2013 ended in frustration, losing uncharacteristically early in both the US Open and Wimbledon. In fact, it was the first year that the Swiss master hadn’t reached a Grand Slam Final since 2002! He is out to prove the skeptics wrong and is eyeing a return to form this year and some more silverware to round out his mighty trophy case!
With all these players on a crash course to meet late at the Australian Open, let’s hope they continue their winning ways and bring about some new chapters to their great rivalries with one another!
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