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Australian Open 2018: Breaking down the chances of the top players at the Melbourne Park

Kshitij Tayal
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893   //    15 Jan 2018, 02:22 IST

2017 Australian Open - Day 14
The first Grand Slam of the year is all set to kick-off

With the main rounds of the Australian Open 2018 nearing commencement, the entire tennis fraternity will inevitably witness some mouth-watering clashes. While the veterans will be looking to dominate once again, the youngsters will try to give them a run for their money.

The first Grand Slam of the year is all set to deliver some blistering tennis action over the next two weeks. Let us break down the chances of the big-name players at Australian Open 2018.

Rafael Nadal

2018 Australian Open - Previews
The sleeveless look is back.

The World No. 1 will start the title quest without playing any warm-up tournaments prior to the Australian Open and also without his beloved uncle Toni as the coach. Having played one exhibition match at Kooyong Classic and then three matches at the Tie Break Tens event at Margaret Court Arena, the Spaniard is motivated despite lack of match practice.

Placed in the top half of the draw, he might face the six-foot-ten John Isner in the third round, who is capable of giving him a tough fight. His potential semi-final opponent could be Dimitrov, just like their last year meeting at the same stage. If he manages to play well in the first week, it will become really hard to stop Nadal from going all the way.

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