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Djokovic or Nadal: the odds of the favorites winning the Australian Championship | Israel today


Nadal's experience or Djokovic's motivation • Šviontek's control or Javor's character • The Australian Open will start tonight, and Tzach Cohen analyzed the chances of the major candidates to win the title

Rafael Nadal

why yes:

exactly because he managed to win last year.

Mentally, there is no one who can break the bull from Majorca, who came back from the dead in the last final.

There is no doubt that this is no longer the same Nadal, but until he hangs up the racket, he cannot be eulogized.

Starting from the round of 16, his path to the cup will be very difficult, and as in all previous tournaments, the advantage of experience will play a significant role for him.

Why not:

Many of the cricketers will claim, and it's hard to say that there isn't something in their words, that one of the reasons why they were able to win last year is that Djokovic wasn't there to bother him.

Now that the Serbian is back in Australia, and when in the round of 16 (if he qualifies) he is expected to have a rematch against Francis Tiafou who knocked him out in the USA, and with six losses out of his last seven matches, a win this time will be defined as a conference - even more than in 2022.


It's not worth betting against him, photo: AP

Novak Djokovic

Why yes:

128 players want to lift the trophy but there is one who not only wants more than them, but is also the clear favorite to do so.

Djokovic, who comes with a heavy burden of disgraceful expulsion from Australia last year, came to prove - for the tenth time - that this Grand Slam still belongs to him in the taboo.

There is no doubt that the biggest shot of motivation will be win number 22, which will secure a place for him at the top alongside Nadal.

Why not:

Right now, the only thing that can stop the Serbian on the way to the title is his left leg.

Last week, Djokovic worried after he stopped training in the middle due to muscle problems, from which he also suffered a few days before.

If he sails to the quarterfinals, he may meet the Danish diamond Holger Rune, who stunned him in the final of the last Paris tournament.

One thing is for sure, whoever plays against Djokovic will do everything to win.


Returning to Australia hungrier than ever, photo: AFP

Kasper Roed

Why yes: The

Norwegian is still dreaming big and looking to win his first Grand Slam.

Rudd, who reached the US final and the Roland Garros final due to do so, is capable, and most of all - wants to be the first Norwegian to win a Grand Slam.

Another fact: if he lifts the cup or reaches the final and does not lose to Djokovic or Stefanos Tsitsipas - he will qualify for the first place in the world.

He has a lot to play for.

Why not:

Since the United States, Rude has struggled to maintain stability and has recorded eight wins alongside seven losses.

The Norwegian arrives in Australia ranked second in the tournament following the retirement of Carlos Alquers, but that is exactly what may lead him to a meeting with Djokovic in the semi-finals - instead of Nadal.

No one will make life easy for him, but against the Serbian, who has an impressive record of 0:4, it will be a different opera.

Casper Road.

He has what it takes, photo: EPA

Iga Schwionetk

Why yes:

after Serena's almost complete control in the previous decade, the Pole displays the closest dominance to that of the American.

She ended the year 2022 with two Grand Slam titles and with a new record of consecutive victories in the current millennium.

The number one in the world proved that she has the makings of a true champion, and if she just plays her tennis, she will be in the best position to lift the title in Australia for the first time.

Why not:

If there is a lesson that women's tennis has taught us, it is that it is difficult to expect stability.

Between winning Roland Garros and the USA, Schwintek flew already in the third round at Wimbledon. In terms of ability, there is no question who is currently the best, but opponents like Javor, Pegula and Goff can easily stand between her and the trophy. The first test (or not) of will be in the eighth, There you will meet the winner between Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina and Daniel Collins.


Ability without question, photo: Getty

Ons Jabour

why yes:

the finalist of the last two Grand Slams should and can go all the way this time.

The Tunisian has already made Arab and African history, but failed twice in an attempt to make greater history.

In Adelaide last week, Javor said she would do anything to win a Grand Slam, and with such a special character, as her colleagues on the tour have repeatedly testified, no one would oppose her winning.

Why not:

for exactly the same reason as Shviontek - stability.

Jabour lost last week to the 102nd ranked player in the world, and even before that at the Monstir tournament in Tunisia to the disappointment of the home crowd. We have often gotten used to it in recent years that the Grand Slam winner is not one of the 1st and 2nd ranked in the world, and although this has happened in three of the last four Grand Slams, never It can't be counted on to happen again.


Looking for a PhD, photo: Getty

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