Australian Open 2014

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Big Four start their quest for 2014’s Big Four Titles

If only people could be more reasonable about these things. Men’s tennis currently treats us to four players who will go down as great players. The men’s tennis calendar treats us to four competitions that go down as the ones people care about. So if only they could just come to an agreement and win one each this year – maybe let Murray retain SW19’s tin, give Roger a grand au revoir in Roland Garros, and let Novak do what nobody has done before – win four straight Australian Open titles. Ah, if only.

Let’s work on the basis the aforementioned does not occur. So who wins in Melbourne? The problem the Djok has is his new coach, Boris ‘Bonking’ Becker, a man who has never done this teaching thingy before. Even the best match-ups (rude not to mention Murray/Lendl at this point) take some time to gel. It would be astonishing if Boris had an immediate impact.

The other problem goes by the name of Rafael Nadal, number one seed, and the man who has won their last three Slam encounters (two of which were in finals.) It is for this reason we can’t look past the Spaniard at 3.65 – HUGE value in our opinion.

Value is often harder to find in the women’s competitions, where the finalists tend to be Serena + AN Other. And indeed, Serena is nailed-on at 1.28 to do her thang once more, and win an 18th Slam.

An outside option is home favourite Sam Stosur (60), who has taken care of Williams in a Grand Slam final before. Get right on her!

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