Australian Open – Men’s Winner
January 15 – 29
The 2017 Australian Open provided one of the sporting highlights of the year as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal turned back the clocks to provide one of the great finals. Federer would add a 19th Slam title at Wimbledon to that triumph while Nadal mopped up the other two majors. However, with injuries decimating the field the talk this time is more about player burnout than the possibility of a 20th crown for Federer.
Heading into last year’s Australian Open, Roberto Bautista Agut had won Chennai, Grigor Dimitrov had won Brisbane and Novak Djokovic Doha, as the big guns looked to be warming up in style. Those tournaments have traditionally given a good indicator of early season form, with Wawrinka, Raonic and Djokovic winning them the year before and Wawrinka, Federer and Ferrer the champions in 2015. This year’s honours have gone to Gilles Simon (Pune), Nick Kyrgios (Brisbane) and Gael Monfils (Doha), with market favourites Federer, Nadal and Djokovic avoiding any warm-up events (though Federer did play in the Hopman Cup). That leaves us with plenty of questions, so let’s take a look through what promises to be a wide open draw.