Australian Open 2019: Potential route for The Big Three
The Australian Open is about to commence and Melbourne is ready to witness some epic battles between the best players of the world. This will be the first Aussie Open to have a change in the final set policy as now all it's matches will have a super tie-breaker in the final set if the score reaches to 6-6. To win, a player would need to win 10 points with a margin of at least two. This rule change will certainly deprive the fans of marathon matches like the 2012 men's final.
Former world no.1 Andy Murray suffered another setback after a lingering hip pain has forced him to foresee retirement and he felt extremely dejected at the press conference on Friday.
On the other hand, world no. 2 Rafael Nadal would be making a comeback after a knee injury made him retire from last year's US Open.
Let us look at the potential draw of the The Big 3 of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic:
The world no.3 is back in action and will be looking to defend his title after winning here in the last two years. The Swiss meastro has been placed on the same side of the draw as his nemesis Rafael Nadal. His opening round match will be against Denis Istomin and he might face the athletic Gael Monfils in the third round.
Federer's potential quarter-final opponent might be Marin Cilic, and Nadal will most likely be waiting at the penultimate stage while Novak Djokovic would be the potential finalist that Federer might have to face. The defending champion will be confident after winning the Hopman Cup which would have certainly boosted his morale after a bit of a letdown at the fag end of last season.