January 15 has come and just as well, the first Grand Slam of 2018, the Australian Open. The world’s best tennis players will be able to significantly change their position in the ATP ranking.
Last year Australia gave us a dream final that set Roger Federer against Rafael Nadal, where the swiss managed to crown himself after a 3 hour and 38 minute game that ended 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6 and 6-3.
Federer got his fifth Australian Open and this 2018 he’ll try for the sixth. Of course, he’ll have in Rafael Nadal a formidable obstacle in his path to the title. In addition to Dimitrov, Zverev, Thiem, Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro and one of this tournament’s most frequent winners: Novak Djokovic. While his physical health is in doubt, he is always a very important rival.
Juan Martín del Potro just climbed two positions in the ranking and placed himself in the number 10 spot, so there’s a good chance he will arrive in the tournament with an extra boost.
This tournament stands out due to the participation of the NextGen, the responsibility and the importance they share of transcending in 2018. Alexander Zverev is the one who carries the baton because at his young age he’s already occupying a privileged position in the ranking, 4th.
In the women’s side, after dropping out from the tournament for not being at the most optimal level, Serena Williams leaves her crown vacant and leaves the ‘responsibility’ to players like Simona Halep, number one in the world, Caroline Wozniacki, second in the world, or Garbiñe Muguruza, Wimbledon champion in 2017, who are looking forward to making the first bit step of the season.
The curtain has been raised on this year’s Grand Slams and the tennis world elite is already in Australia to give us an unforgettable tournament, where fans are already crying out for another header between Nadal and Federer.