Nadal, Federer Among Australian Open 2019 Favorites
Being billed as the tournament that will likely set the tempo for the rest of the season, the Australian Open 2019 has a good deal of expectation that it will need to live up to. One thing is for certain, there is no shortage of tennis stars joining the competition ranks for this edition.
The story that has done the most to capture the fans’ imagination is the news that the Big 4 of men’s tennis will all be taking part in the competition. Federer, Nadal, Murray, and Djokovic are confirmed to be participating and will be vying for top honors. It’s something that hasn’t often happened in recent years, with injuries sidelining the likes of Murray and Nadal for extended periods of time.
Perhaps no other rivalry has been quite as publicized in modern tennis as that of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Between themselves they’ve won 37 major trophies, often facing against each other in tournament finals, and at one point holding almost complete dominance over the top two spots of the ATP rankings.
For years, the two brightest stars in men’s tennis offered career-defining performances against one another. The level of their early success may have been shocking, but, perhaps, most surprising of all has been both of the players’ endurance at the summit of world tennis.
Federer is now 37, he is ranked third in the world, and he is currently the Australian Open champion for two years running. Nadal, who will be turning 33 in June, is second in the world. A string of recent injuries may have robbed the Spaniard of the opportunity to capture additional silverware, but this year, Nadal is once again setting his sights on the pinnacle of the ATP Ranking.
The Women’s tournament will also hold fans’ attention. Early signs suggest we could be in for an open race towards the top spot. Current world number one, Simona Halep is undefeated in recent games and starts off as the favorite to win the $4,100,000 cash prize. Her most staunch opposition will likely come from Caroline Wozniacki, the current title holder. Venus Williams and Elina Svitolina should also not be underestimated in their bid to win their very first Australian Open trophy.
The Australian Open 2019, this year’s first important tennis event, starts on January 14th and runs all the way until the 27th and is packed with A-list players and big rivalries. For more guides on sports betting, bitcoin, to even esports, Nitrogen Sports Blog got you covered.