Australian Open 2013: Predicting Tournament's Breakout Stars

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIJanuary 16, 2013

Tomas Berdych
Tomas BerdychMark Kolbe/Getty Images

The 2013 Australian Open is underway, and already there are some players are standing out. But which players will truly breakout by tournament's end?

There are numerous candidates, but here are three players who have the best potential to surprise people and become breakout stars when it's all over. 


Tomas Berdych

Tomas Berdych is very experienced and already has had success at the Australian Open.

In each of the last two years, Berdych has reached the quarterfinals of the Aussie Open.

He's also shown that he can beat top players. At Wimbeldon in 2010, he beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic before losing to Rafael Nadal in the finals.

He has elite talent and has beaten Federer multiple times in his career. That kind of game-breaking ability could serve him well as he uses this tournament to become a household name. 


Bernard Tomic

This 20-year-old Australian will have the home crowd on his side, and it could lead him to great places.

Tomic has already reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon as an 18-year-old in 2011, and while he has had mixed results ever since, he's still the top Australian threat. 

Tomic will be the toast of Melbourne, and the home crowd could give him the extra push he needs to really breakout in this tournament. 


Jerzy Janowicz

Jerzy Janowicz is only 22, but the Polish player already has some impressive wins under his belt.

In 2012, in the BNP Paribas Masters, Janowicz beat World No. 19 Phillipp Kohlschreiber, No.20 Gilles Simon, No.14 Marin Cilic, No.9 Janko Tipsarevic and U.S. Open champ Andy Murray before losing to David Ferrer in the final.

That run shows that Janowicz has elite talent and a knack for raising his game against the best.

Don't be surprised if Janowicz makes a similar run in the Australian Open.