The 2013 Australian Open is getting down to the nitty gritty, and the real contenders are beginning to show themselves.
The matches are getting tighter, and the competition stiffer, but with some of the world's greatest still battling it out in Melbourne, the next week of tennis should be some of the best we've seen.
Here are the three competitors who have the best chance at winning the 2013 Australian Open in men's singles.
3. Andy Murray
Andy Murray has struggled of late in the tournament, as Murray even admitted he needs to play better to advance, according to the Guardian.
Although he's never won the Australian Open, Murray made it to the final in 2010 and 2011 and has seen his game improve drastically under coach Ivan Lendl.
Still, it won't get much easier for Murray playing. Gilles Simon, who's coming off a tough win against Gael Monfils.
Since Murray has never won the Aussie Open and appears to have taken a small step backward, there are a couple players ahead of Murray who have the best chance at winning the tournament.
The Djoker is a three-time winner at the Aussie Open and should definitely be considered a favorite to win his fourth in 2013.
The reason Djokovic is ranked at No. 2 is because he had trouble getting past Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round.
According to ESPN, Djokovic's match with Wawrinka took more than five hours, but Djoker eventually came out on top with a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10 victory.
As the two-time defending champion of this event, Djokovic is still a heavy favorite to win, but after watching him struggle (somewhat) in the fourth round, Roger Federer's chances better.
1. Roger Federer
Seeking his fifth Australian Open title, Roger Federer is the favorite to win the 2013 Aussie Open.
Federer had no trouble getting past the always entertaining Bernard Tomic in the third round and should be able to handle Milos Raonic fairly easily on Monday.
Not only is Federer running over his opponents in Melbourne this year, but he's well-rested for this tournament, which I detailed here.
With the crafty veteran showing no signs of slowing down, Federer's chances of earning his fifth Aussie Open title in 2013 are quite favorable.
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