Djokovic & Murray Look Set To Dominate Hard Courts In 2013

Jan 28, 2013

Although the 2013 Australian Open men’s singles final was nowhere near a classic, I can’t help thinking that we are about to see Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray dominate the hard court season on the ATP World Tour in 2013, both players have similar styles of play which are ideally suited to the rigours of hard court tennis, only an injury or major loss of form and/or confidence appears likely to stop their charge this season, therefore, I believe, tennis fans can expect the duo to continue being the main contenders throughout the hard court season this year.

The final at Melbourne Park never really reached any great heights although there were some breathtaking rallies from time to time, Djokovic secured his place in history by defeating Murray in four sets and becoming the first man in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian Open titles, the 25 year old Serb has now accumulated six Grand Slam titles in his career with four of those coming on his favourite hard court inside Rod Laver Arena, for a while it seemed that Andy might create a piece of history himself by becoming the first man to win his maiden Grand Slam title and then follow it up with another straight after but it was not to be for the Dunblane native.

The speed and power both men possess from the baseline will be difficult for opponents to match on hard courts this year especially in the bigger events, it will be interesting to see which players rise to the challenge and take the hard hitting baseliners head on in hard court tournaments throughout the year, Roger Federer, Juan Martin Del Potro and Tomas Berdych all seem the most likely contenders to topple the hard court duo although Stan Wawrinka proved in Melbourne that if you believe in yourself and have a good day then anything is possible, it will be one of many sub plots throughout another fantastic year of tennis and I for one am looking forward to watching it all unfold in season 2013.

Written by: Tono

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