|2012 Winner, Novak Djokovic|
Top 10 seeds
1. Novak Djokovic-he will be looking to defend his title from last years marathon versus rival, Rafael Nadal. It is sad we will not see these two gentlemen in the finals again, as Nadal is out of this tournament, with a stomach virus.
2. Roger Federer-made it to the semi’s of last years tournament, where he lost to Nadal. He will look to do one better this time around.
3. Andy Murray-like Federer, Murray lost to eventual champion, Djokovic last year. Murray is one of the favourites to win this tournament, with his great serving and the ability to force his opponent to make crucial mistakes.
4. David Ferrer-made it to the quarters of last years tournament, but may make it even further this year, with the likes of Nadal, Isner and Fish not participating this year. Ferrer also has a favourable draw.
5. Tomas Berdych-one of the best servers in the game. The only problem is when his serve is not working, it seems like he has no other go to maneuver.
6. Juan Martin Del Potro-one of the best talents in tennis. He can pretty much do anything on the court, whether it is tracking down shots, or move from one end of the court to the other. Love his game.
7. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga-had a bad 2012 Australian Open, as he only lasted until the round of 16, where he lost to Kei Nishikori. He will need to start off 2013 on the right foot, if he plans on sticking with the big boys.
8. Janko Tipsarevic-his breakout year was 2012 and he will look to continue with his great play from the previous year. He had a bad 2012 Australian Open, as he only made it to the round of 32, where he lost to Richard Gasquet.
9. Richard Gasquet-made it to last years round of 16, where he was beaten by David Ferrer. I highly doubt he will make it that far in this years tournament.
10. Nicolas Almagro-similar to Gasquet, Almagro made it to the round of 16, where he was bounced by Tomas Berdych. If the cards play themselves right, he could be in the quarters, when it is all said and done.
(24) Jerzy Janowicz-he has somewhat of an easy draw in this years tournament. He faces Bolelli in the first round, possibly Phau in the second round and Kubot (who I think can beat Almagro) in the third round and possibly Benneteau in the round of 16.
Early Match Up To Watch
(18) Alexandr Dolgopolov vs. Gael Monfils-seems like Dolgopolov is always involved in five set matches, or at least, very often. Monfils was injured for a lot of the 2012 tennis season and saw his rank drop from 16th to 99th. Should be a great first round match up.
Top Player To Lose
(8) Janko Tipsarevic-love the tattoos and glasses, but it seems that “Tipsa” is either really good, or really bad, he has no in-between. He also plays a man with home court advantage in Lleyton Hewitt. I do not see him getting by Lleyton.
(6) Del Potro over (3) Murray
(2) Federer over (7) Tsonga
(1) Djokovic over (5) Berdych
(4) Ferrer over (24) Janowicz
(1) Djokovic over (4) Ferrer
(6) Del Potro over (2) Federer
(6) Del Potro over (1) Djokovic
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.