Australian Open: Fab four takes one more shot

MELBOURNE: The Australian Open gets off to a 30-plus (degree, centigrade) start on Monday at Melbourne Park. The temperature perhaps indicative of the action with the fab 4 - Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and the all-butretired Andy Murray - in various ranges of preparedness, try to get the primary Grand Slam of the yr going, perhaps for the closing time as individuals of tennis' celebrated circle.

While the previous guard seeks to extend its dangle, the sport's subsequent era stars, led by way of German powerhouse Alexander Zverev, need to open their account. King vs challenger.

The fab 4 may have accounted for 50 of the closing 55 Grand Slams. Since the 2005 French Open, the one other winners within the time had been Stan Wawrinka (three major titles) but even so Marin Cilic and Juan Martin Del Potro, both in New York. Between them, Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have wrapped up 13 of the closing 15 Australian Opens. And Murray has made 5 finals in Melbourne's swanky downtown facility.

Still, that elite circle hasn't ever regarded extra prone.

It would possibly all be within the temper. Murray's admission on Friday that the next fortnight may well be his closing as a qualified tennis player, hangs heavy within the air. The Briton, a three-time major winner, who spent many of the closing 18 months off the Tour, dealing with a troublesome proper hip, and whose walk is now relatively of a waddle, has a 1-1 list after his opening trip of the yr in Brisbane. He plays the in-form Spaniard, the 22nd seed, Roberta Bautista Agut within the first spherical here on Monday. There is most effective hope.

Djokovic, taking pictures for his 3rd consecutive major identify after profitable Slams No.13 and 14 in London and New York, hasn't received any of the closing three tournaments. Having fallen to Karen Khachanov, seeded 10 here, Alexander Zverev, seeded 4, and Agut, starting with Paris in November closing yr and stretching to the New Year in Doha.

Second-seeded Nadal, who has an outdoor likelihood taking on the No.1 ranking here if he wins the identify, will, then again, be contesting his first tour-level fit of the season against Australian wildcard entrant James Duckworth. The Spaniard withdrew from the Brisbane International closing week with a left thigh strain. The 32-year-old, a 17-time major winner, who retired from his US Open semifinal against Del Potro, slicing quick his 2018 season, seems to be purchasing time.

Defending champion Federer, the 3rd seed, is vying for a hat-trick of hurrahs and a record-breaking seventh Australian Open crown. The draw ensured he won't meet Djokovic at Melbourne Park, until the final. What has made the fab 4 such riveting drama is not only the contrasts in styles, but additionally the load in their rivalries, Djokovic for instance has played 135 fits against fellow individuals of this elite circle. They have the numbers, the tales.

Former ladies's No.1 Martina Hingis once stated of the Williams sisters -- Serena and Venus - that beating one was conceivable, however beating two of them was difficult. In a lot the same style, the fab 4 driven every other, repeatedly raising the bar. Now with one of all of them however long gone, Nadal still coming back, Djokovic now not at his sharpest and Federer, though ageless, remains to be 37, the bottom before them seems to be shaky.
Australian Open: Fab four takes one more shot Australian Open: Fab four takes one more shot Reviewed by kailash soni on January 14, 2019 Rating: 5
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