The first grand slam of 2016 – The Australian open provided us with two champs one the expected – Novak Djokovic and the other unexpected – Angelique Kerber.The two weeks of the grand slam provided us with exhilarating action and was attended by a record crowd.There were many incredible moments Ranging from monfils dive shot to Tsonga helping a ball girl of the court. The Aussie Open has historically served as a test for the work the athletes put in the off season to their game.In this article we look at the road ahead for both the men’s and women’s game ,look at the stars who could make the year their own and players who need to buck up their game to stay at the top.
1.Can anyone stop Djokovic?
Well the answer to this question seems no for the time being, at least in Grand slams. The Serbians way of winning the Australian Open was a story in itself. Given that he was a 5 time champion and the world no.1 he was expected to have a clear road at least until the semi final where he would meet Roger Federer. But what transpired was an epic fourth round encounter between Djokovic and Simon In which Djokovic committed an unprecedented 100 unforced errors and yet won the match in 5 sets 6-4 6-7 6-4 4-6 6-3. If anyone thought that Djokovic would have his work cut out against Kei Nishikori he quickly dispelled the doubts by defeating him 6-3 6-2 6-4.
But the best was yet to come as against his old time nemesis Roger Federer. He arguably played the best two opening sets of his life (6-1 6-2) which left the maestro dumbfounded as Novak took it to the next level. In the final he comfortably despatched the world no.2 Andy Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6 to win his 6th Australian Open tying him with Roy Emerson.
If anyone has to beat Djokovic this season he has to use variety and change of pace as was illustrated in the Simon match that Djokovic has problem generating his own pace. The best contender to do such a thing would be Roger Federer but since his backhand has been exposed by Djokovic in all most all their meetings it makes him difficult to defeat Nole.
The second way to defeat Djokovic is overpowering him but since nobody has the firepower other than Wawrinka to get through arguably the greatest retriever of all time and since Stan remains inconsistent it is highly unlikely that Djokovic would lose in slams this year.