Top 2 Seeds Favoured In AO 2014

Jan 10, 2014

The 2014 Australian Open is now only days away and the majority of tennis pundits seem to be predicting that the respective men’s and women’s champion this year will come from either of the top two seeded players for the tournament, world No.1 Rafael Nadal and defending champion and world No.2 Novak Djokovic are the main names on most people’s lips when discussing the men’s AO champ for 2014, likewise on the women’s side of the draw also, with dominant world No.1 Serena Williams and defending champion and world no.2 Victoria Azarenka the preferred names when discussing a women’s champion, I’m sure those of us who follow tennis closely would probably agree that the top two seeded players in the respective men’s and women’s singles championships will start as favourites on Monday for the 2014 Australian Open.

So, according to the majority of us, it’s either Nadal or Djokovic in the men, and either Williams or Azarenka from among the women, but often the most fun and exciting part of any Grand Slam draw is trying to pick out and predict upsets, will anybody be able to stop the top two seeds from dominating yet another Grand Slam in Melbourne? And if so who would be the most likely contenders? The usual threats to Rafa and Nole on the men’s side are the three other former Grand Slam champions in the field, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro, while the likes of previous Grand Slam finalists David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga can’t be completely ruled out either.

The women’s side of the draw has more former Grand Slam champions than the men’s event but the main threats to Serena and Vika will likely come from those ranked in the top 6, former AO champion Maria Sharapova, two-time finalist Li Na and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, other players among the top 10 and former Grand Slam finalists Agnieszka Radwanska, Sara Errani, Jelena Jankovic and Caroline Wozniacki will be hoping to repeat their Grand Slam efforts from previous years, but a finals berth by any of that quartet in Melbourne would be a surprise.

So, tennis fans, can you see anyone other than Rafa or Novak winning the men’s championship? And, can any of the women stop either Serena or Vika from adding to their previous Grand slam triumphs? Only time will tell as the 2014 Australian Open is about to get underway, enjoy!

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Written by: Tono

(3) Comments

Jiraiyan says:
Jan 10, 2014

I think that most tennis fans and pundits find it unlikely that neither Nadal or Djokovic, and Serena or Victoria wouldn’t win the Australian Open. I think it’s more likely that Serena or Victoria would lose to either Sharapova, Li, Kvitova, or Radwanska. I don’t see both Nadal and Djokovic losing prior to the final.

Tono–2014-Yoda-Cup-Guru says:
Jan 21, 2014

Well Jira, Novak is out at the QF stage and Serena was toppled in the 4th round, anything can happen in the great game of tennis sometimes. ;)

sneaky says:
Jan 22, 2014

The top seeds are always favored but none of them have a good season after a very successful season since 2008. It seems like from season to season nobody has dominated multiple seasons since Federer did from 2004-2007. Why? Well, IMO…….the ATP tour goes out of its way to sell a very competitive tour to the fans. For example, there has been two reversals in match results in the 2014 Australian Open with Wawrinka and Federer beating their conquerers (Djokovic and Murray) from the 2013 Australian Open. Hmm……..coincidence or not. IMO……the tour is making so much money that they fool the fans into believing these predetermined results. I think these coincidences show the ATP Tour to be nothing but “entertainment” (many players just taking turns at winning tournaments in order to keep the sport interesting for the fans and making money)!!!

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