With the start of the Australian Open right around the corner, the Big Four look to cement their legacy as tennis' elite. And no one's more likely to take home the title than Novak Djokovic.
Currently ranked No. 1 in the world, no one plays better down under than Djokovic.
Three of his five Grand Slam wins have come in Australia, including the 2011 and 2012 Australian Opens.
Though no one has won the tournament three years running since Andre Agassi ('01,'02 and '03), back-to-back-to-back is still a real possibility for Djokovic—who currently holds a 14 match win streak in Melbourne.
Playing in Australia is tailor-made to his style. The weather and court surface provide the high and slow bounces that he feasts off of.
He will also fair well from the pool of competition.
While the bracket has yet to be announced, being the No. 1 in the world will give Djokovic favorable seeding. His experience in Melbourne will pay off in a big way against younger up-and-comers.
Also helping is the fact that Rafael Nadal will miss the tournament. Nadal has spent his winter recovering from knee surgery, but a recent stomach virus has hampered his return.
Djokovic should have no issues handling the remaining members of the Big Four.
He recently topped Roger Federer—who was shaky to close out the year—in the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals.
Andy Murray split his 2012 matches with Djokovic (each winning two), but he doesn't have the same Melbourne edge—Djokovic topped Murray in the semis in 2012, as well as the finals in 2011.
While this should be a great tournament, and it's still anyone's game, it's hard to deny that the tournament favors the Serbian. He's made Melbourne his, and should have no problems doing so—once again—this January.
What a way to kick off 2013 as the World's No. 1.
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