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2020 Australian Open Preview - Episode 104

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We analyse the draw of the upcoming 2020 Australian Open by pinpointing the key matchups that will likely occur in the opening 3 rounds. I also share some bold predictions as to how the tournament will play out.

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Crowd cheers. He Settle Allo andwelcome back to the on the ball podcast. This is episode a hundred and fourof the show and we're here to talk about a different sport today.We haven't talked about this sport since, I don't reckon since September. Ithink we talked about the French Open at the last and we were going tomaybe do a few episodes at the end of the year but decided to justwait until the summer of tennis in Australia bit out of the ordinary the summerand tennis is shear. It's happening more in February, which is not quitenormal. We used to happen it happening in the first four weeks of theyear. Obviously, with all the covid stuff that's been pretty flexible, butwe are here on the eve of the Australian Open. There's been a covidscare the other day when as I'm recording this. So hopefully there's no morecovid scares throughout the fortnight of the tournament. I am myself and going five daysso very excited for it, super pumped as I always am, andtoday we will be doing a drawer review on both the men's and women's side. Will be going round by round pointing out the big matches and then atthe end I may might make some bold predictions, point out some people whomight make a run and stuff like that. I'm where in my outledge driker shirt, my Brad Hod shirt that I wanted an auction. Beautiful Times,my hands all over the joint. It's loanless Friday night, but we'll givethis a red hot crack. My first round match on the men's side thatI'm going to bring up first is actually like there's some there's always some crackingred first round round matches on both sides of the drawer, but especially withthe men's. Right now there's just some people sitting outside those seated spots thatjust a too good to be outside there, and one of them is Marin Chilich. He doesn't play too many tournaments anymore and that's a big reason whyhe's ranking has not gone back up into the top thirty, but he's asdangerous as ever, especially in hardcourt tournaments. He loves it here in Australia,I think it was. I can't lie, get a bit confused withmy years because I've been to so many, but I'm pretty sure our last sumhe went on a pretty solid run. Maybe beats it's look, yeah,I'm absolutely clutching drawers there. One year he definitely beat Batisto good.It was either this year or last. So he likes it down here andhe will be playing Grigor Dimitrov, who doesn't really like it here. Iscrashed out of many grand slams earlier, especially at the Australian Open. Itfeels like years since he's gone on a run, but he always manages tohave one good grand slammer year to kind of hold his ranking. So dimto Metrov is the number eighteen seed, chill which is unseated. This isin the bottom heart, the second quarter of the draw. Chillich a fewyears old, and Dmitrov. If we're just looking at the tail the tape, they played six times. chiliches one, four of those, and but Dimitrovhas one of the most recent meeting, which was at Roland Garross last intwo thousand and nineteen. However, clay completely different situation. On hardcourt, chiliches four and one. So that is not good viewing for Dimitrov. And three of those were in straight sets. So it actually looks like, even though Dimitrov is the seed, that Chilich is actually going into thisas the favorite, and I probably agree with that. This is a bigupset watch. Dmitrov could easily be the highest rank seed to get knocked outof the first round in the men's side at seed number eighteen. But yeah, just really looking forward to this one. Demitrov usually produces good matches to watchbecause he never really blows people off the court, but he never reallygets whacked either, so he's usually pretty...

...competitive and chill. It's definitely goingto take it to him. I'm hoping this is a game, a matchthat's on the outside courts, maybe a show caught kind of number, butit also might cop the third arena, which I don't have access to.But if this is a show called I'm definitely there watching it and I willbe looking forward to it soundly. They won't be the won't be as bigof a crowd. School and works back and usually in January, you know, you get the groups of creations, the groups of servings, the groupsof Greeks who get around a countrymen and country women. That probably won't beas prominent this year, but hopefully there's some crowouts getting around Chilich. Nextup I have NISHIKORI AND PABLO CRANA buster. This is actually in a very similarsection of the drawer. They are in the so the winner of thatmatch could play the winner of this match in as early as the third round. Kanishikori versus Pablo Karno Buster. Nishiakori is still not really recovered his rankingsince his injury. He hasn't played that much. He's kind of just beentaking his time and he had a he had a bit of a slow comeback, but he's pining Pablo Crana Busto, who look like he was falling awaya little bit after he got to a ranking about nine out of his peak, but he's last year out of pretty good year. Had A few reallygood tournaments. I think at the US, did you make the semi finals orsomething? Maybe you made the quarters. I think he was the beneficiary ofNovak getting disqualified. From memory, these two have only played once.It was at the Australian Open in two thousand and nineteen, and Nishikori onein five sets and that was a fourth round match. So to think wecould be getting that quality of match in the first round pretty in cought incrediblestuff there and to be honest, I think this is definitely going to beon an outside caught even though Nishikori was once a top five player, notthe biggest name, especially can bet someone like Chila, she's won a GrandSlam, and craned busters a pretty lesser known on top twenty players. SoI'm hoping this is an outside caught, a show caught number, and I'llonce again like the Chilech Jimmatrov game. I'll definitely be there, so Ican't lie. When I'm doing this research for the episode, I'm also kindof just doing the research for who I'm going to go watch when I'm there. So definitely looking forward to Nisha Kory, Krana Buster. If I had toput my money somewhere, I'd probably go corano buster just because he's,I know, with code and stuff at everything's kind of being stops up,but crano buster is kind of got the volume under his belt of late.But Nisia Cory could surprise you on his day. He as I mentioned it, he was a top five player only recently, so wouldn't be surprised ifhe gets up there. That should be a really good one, really highquality tennis as well. Next up, this is actually it's a different section, but it's the match below on the drawer. Dennis Chapavalov versus younic sinner. The two of never played. Dennis is twenty one, sinner is nineteen. So I'm sure they've come up against each other and juniors and and somewhat, but both two of the most exciting prospects in that next generation. Thesetwo end our Galia seem, and probably a demon all. I think they'reour guess it's a past is still in that generation, isn't he? They'reprobably the guys who are highest in the ranking. But Sinner is better thana rank thirty six player. We saw that last year in the French Ithink he made the fourth round and he is a quality player. He canbe pretty much anyone on the day. And Dennis is also known to slipup every now and then. I think he lost in the first round.I think you lost to maybe Sam Quarry, or that could have been Dimitrov.I'm pretty sure shop of Alve and Dimitrov both lost first round last year. One I think Demetrov lost to Tommy Paul and Chaff of Valve lost aquarry, but I could be getting confused, but this will be a very excitinggame match. So I know that annoys tennis fanatics, but I'm kindof used to my other bull sports. Very excited to see this one.And the the other seed in this section of the draw is Felix. Sowhoever wins this kind of it kind of...

...opens up for them and their topeight seed is actually Diego Schwartzman. So I wouldn't be ruling out a quarterfinal appearance from the winner of this match. That bottom section, in the tophalf of the drawers very exciting, very loaded. And then they willplay the likes of team Chilet Dimatrov Nishikori created buster in this in the quarters. So big. That's a big quarter of the draw, that bottom ofthe second half. But this match in particular, this could this is probablymy pick of the first round across both genders, and it could be mypick for the whole tournament depending on how it plays out. Dennis, similarto Demitrov, often plays in long matches. He likes a loss of concentration fora set or something, and Cinna will definitely take that with both hands. So definitely looking forward to seeing how this one plays out. To absolutequality talents and yet really excited to see how it goes. I have tosay shop of Alve I swear he gets dogged with his draw a week in, week out. I remember, I think it was his first time seatedat the odds open. He cops sits a pass when he was unranked.I remember I think it is first US Open. He copped Felix unranked.Now he's copped sinner. Last year copped quarry, if my memory serves meright. So he doesn't have the best luck, but I guess if youget yourself into well, actually it's unseen the player, so it's just completelyrandom. But yet first meeting between these two on the professional circuit. Veryexcited to see how it plays out. And my final pick for the firstround that I'm going to be pointing out of obviously picked like fifteen, butI'm not going to go through the otherwise will be here all day. Anotherpair that haven't met. It's tennis Sangren and Alex Demon or. I don'tactually have you stats on the odds open, but seeing Gretin is an absolute australineopen fiend. He loves it here. I think he's made two fourth roundsat least. I think he had match points against Roger Federal last yearand lost. He ups for some reason. Absolutely loves IT DOWN UNDER AND DEMONoor obviously home crowd here. Only young twenty one year old has hadhis faults, but on hard court he's usually been pretty consistent. So definitelyexcited to see who wins this one. Yes, Agin, I think couldbe any out. Probably probably couldn't be to top ten player, but anyonebelow that he is a dangerous person to get drawn against, and especially atthe oars open, which he loves and demon or. Yes, he's apromising talent, but some of those young guys have seen with Auga earlier seamor shoulier seam and chap of all of coming up through the ranks. Youknow they often slip up early in big tournaments because they just don't have thatexperience yet. So this is definitely an upset alert, as all of thesematches are to be honest, and I do think Sangren has what it takesto be dem noll. I actually interested to see what caught this is puton demon or is the number one men's tennis player in Australia, so he'sprobably going to get good treatment, but I don't think he will caught.Rod Labor might be a Margaret Cork Gig, which is actually the court on goingto, so might catch this one, but yeah, we'll see how thatgoes. For the women's first round, similarly to the men, there's somecracking games. First Up, I'm looking at quisinets over and Stritzebur to. They're actually the two highest unseated players and they've pretty interestingly interestingly drawn eachother once, because net's overs thirty five strips of his thirty four. Sothey're definitely past their prime, but they're still playing high quality, consistent tennisin their career. Head to head, because nets over is one twice,barber strict SABA has only one once, but in their most recent meeting atwhen would in two thousand and eighteen strips of it got the better of cousinet'sover and Quisin's over. She's just a very solid custom I think last yearshe might have been and vondrous over in the first round. So she's alwaysgood for an upset, but in this one she's probably going to be thefavorite against Ritzeba, who herself has been pretty good over the course at theAustralian Open. I think I watched her...

...play against Serena once and she actuallyhad a good crack of it all. Yeah, I'm pretty sure that that'sa thing. Could be wrong, but yet very excited for this matchup.Definitely going to be an outside court GIG, as most of the matches I'm goingto point out here, and I'm very excited to watch that one,assuming this will be a three set up, and this is the kind of matchwhere the winner will be dangerous. The winner will go on to playbenchitch, which I might touch on the second round, but that's going tobe a danger match for benchich whoever goes through, and in the women's draw, even unsee two players like this can be very dangerous in the grand schemeof things. They're not just dangerous to win one or two games, butthey're actually dangerous to go right the way through. So very big match withbig implications very early on in the first round. So excited to see whocomes out on top of that one. Next up I've got a pair thathave not played before and that is due to one of them being actually don'tknow how old she is now. I think she's like eighteen. But LaylaFernandez and Alice Mertons, alas, Merton's very consistent women's tense players. She'sprobably one of the more consistent players on the wh a tour. She's alwaysgood for a fourth round or quarterfinal at the Grand Slams, but she's justlacking that one big run to a final or something like that. She's onlytwenty five but she's starting to get to her prime and she's starting to getto that age where if she's going to, you know, pull its, pullsomething out of the bag and become a consistent top ten player, it'sgot to be soon. So I'm expecting big things from her. Layla Fernandez, she is like, I can't lie. At least Merton's has been very stiffhere. Layla Fernandez is definitely better than most seeds, let alone unseatedplayers, so her coming in is an Unsee to play a very dangerous game, very dangerous match, for least Merton's hope. Hopefully this is an outsidecourt so I can go watch it, because this would be very good oneto watch. Yet Layla Fernandez big danger young gun. She's going to bereally good. Actually, she might be nineteen now. I think she's beenaround for a couple years now. But Yep, definitely, especially in thewomen's side, along with the men's side of the women's side, especially inthree set tennis, those youngsters with such power and stuff like that, they'rereal dangers to just come out of the blocks and pit. People like elistMerton's so very excited for this one. Hopefully Layla Fernandez can get up,even though I am a big fan of a least Merton's next one's a bitmore of a lower key match, definitely an outside court job. Not Toomany would have their eye on this one, but these are the kind of matchesI love. KAIA kneppy versus Anastasia Sevestob or Sebastava, have you wantto say it, cannet, he's coming in with a ranking of ninety four. SEVESTOBA is fifty four, so nothing outraged in the rankings system. Butboth of them are in pretty pretty good form. Can eppy, I don'tthink she wanted tourn him, but I think she went pretty deep in onethe other week. She's thirty five, but she's always been prone to ato an upset victory or a little bit of a run in a tournament andseverstover she kind of dropped out of the I can't remember what happened to her, but she was a top thirty player, even got to the top twenty,I believe, and swing it happened to her and she fell down therankings. But she's kind of just been consistently in that midtier ever since,but she's been dangerous and yet looking forward to this. One could go eitherway. I actually wouldn't know who to have my money on. I'd probablygo cannop be just, but the ranking would suggest serviced over and then myfourth match for the women's side. This is definitely my favorite one. I'mlooking out for Marta Kush Jouk and Veronica could have Matoba. KURTA MATOBA isthe final seat in the women's drawer. See Number Thirty two at age twentythree, and Kushtouk is, I reckon. She I don't know how old sheis now. She's probably two thousand and twenty one, but she's finallystarting to realize her potential. She burst onto the scene, I think itwas in two thousand and seventeen I'm going...

...to say at the Australian Open shequalified be Toc went on a bit of a run and I think she lostus with Elina, but now she's yet really starting to become a consistent player, starting to grow into her body, and yet really excited what she coulddeliver. I reckon course jooks actually going into this one as the favorite.Last week she might have won a tournament actually, or she either went farsheer the lost in the final or one and tournament. I think she's likethird in the race. So yeah, very excited to see how it Qushedjocan put up here. Definitely hoping to catch this one. I think Kushtokcould easily beat could immert over here. There's a lot of the seeds inthe Women's drawer, rank twenty thirty two could lose to anyone and cost Yokais better than most. So definitely a big upset alert here and I'm allaboard the Kush truck train for this one. Staying on the women's side, movingon to this second round, first match I'm going to look out is. I touched on it before, so I probably won't spend as long onit, but the winner of Chris Nets over and strips of a is likelygoing to play ballinded Benchich, who plays Lauren Davis in the first round.Benchich coming in as the eleventh seed. She didn't play most of last yearbecause the covid reasons. So very excited to see what she can come backand produce. She still only twenty three years old. At one point there, I think she was in the top eight. So she dropped a littlebit because she didn't play last year. Actually know that's a lot because theygot their ranking points protected. But she's dropped a little bit, however,because nets over is ort always very dangerous. Even though her ranking is a lotlower than benchhiches. In their head to heads, even though Ben Jadgeis only twenty three, they've actually played five times already. Bench which haswon three quisints, over has one two, and they actually played two times lastyear at the back end when bench it started playing. She missed Ithink she missed the US Open, I think, and then she started playingafter that back in Europe and they actually went one apiece benchach beater and StPetersburg and Chris neets over beater and Doha. So very even matchup across their careersand I'm very excited this could be the matchup or obviously it could bebench. It's all strips of our which I would probably back bench. It'sheavily in that one, but Ben Chach and Chris neets over, I'd liketo say benchadge would get up, but you never know with benchich or withChrisints over what what they're going to produce on the day. So very excitingsecond round match up there and the winner would go on to probably play thewinner of that. Layla Fernandez Merdon's first round match would which would be ablockbuster third round game. So yeah, real big opportunity for whoever wins that. Yes, Merton's and Finandez are both good players, but they're both beatable. So and then the draw really opens up. Carolyna plus Kaba is thetop eight seat in that one and yes, she's a good player on a day, but she kind of chokes a little bit in the big tournament.So they could be seen. This is a big opportunity to go on aquarter final run. Next up I have got another fifty. Obviously we don'tknow who's going to go through to the second round, so this is probablybe uploaded as a clip. But if some of these matches haven't eventuated,just allow me this one. Assuming Ken will beat Madison English, the wildcard from Australia, and she will play the winner of sevest over and caneppy, as I mentioned before, both very good players. But if welook at the head to head record of cannon and Kenneppy, they've played onceand canneppy is actually beating her and it was only as recent as two thousandand eighteen. It wasn't play. So a bit of a different story andcannon is now a completely different beast to what she was back then. Butcannepy, on a hard court she absolutely smashes the ball and on a dayI think she could beat someone, especially with a serve like cannon who canthat be good target. So if cannepy gets through, that's a big dangergame for cannon, even though she's the fourth ranked player in the competition.So very excited for that potential second round...

...match up. My third second roundis going to be golf and fit Alina, right at the bottom half of thebright at the bottom of the first half of the women's drawer. Thisis a huge one because obviously swidelana being a top eight seed. If Golfupsets her, then it opens up that whole bottom half of the drawer thananyone can make it basically. So yeah, like that, people like Asarranka Sakary, they will be definitely cheering on golf in this one, unless theyback themselves more against fit Alina, who knows, but in terms of thathead to head they've actually never played. Golf is still only sixteen, whichis just incredible. Born in two thousand and four. SIDELINA, who Istill think of my head, is fairly young. She's actually ten years olderthan golf, so she probably hasn't played too many people ten years younger thanher. But SWITELINA is very inconsistent, especially in the big tournaments, andgolf, who didn't probably have the two thousand and twenty she would have liked, could see this is an upset potential. Golf has to be Jill Tykman inthe first game, in the first match, which won't be easy.No Wins Easy for a sixteen year old really, but you expect her tobeat as Italy and it has to be boosh cob who you'd expect to beat. So that would set up a blockbuster second round. Sadly, I don'tthink I'd be able to see this on the outside courts. I definitely wouldbe shocked if that's not a real labor fixture. Hopefully to Margret Cork,because I'll be there, probably in attendance if so. But big upset alert. This could be the first top ten seed we see crash out. Reallyis Vitelina has not gotten too lucky with this draw here. Golf is notwho you want to be playing in the second round. And then, finally, this is another one who, well, obviously not sure he's going to gothrough, but the winner of her cog and Garcia, or hurt sogand Garcia versus the winner of Asaka and Pavlioshenkover, any combination of those winners. Obviously you'd probably be hoping it's not hurt sog, but she's also goodplayer in her day. I'm assuming it's going to be Ghassie versus a Saka, even though Pavlia Chenkover is very dangerous for a Saka in the first round. I believe psycho famously starts tournaments fairly slow. We saw it at theUS. She's first few rounds she wasn't great and she built into it nicely. So Pavlia chank over, hard hitter of the ball, has done wellthis show and open in the past. She could be a danger. Thesetwo have never played before. A Saker and Gussie. Gussie who's ranked fortyfour, but I do think she's better than that. On a day sheplays very good tennis. saw that at the French she played some high qualitymatches. Can Remember who she'd beat, but she upset someone pretty good,like a top fifteen seat or something like that. So she's definitely good enoughto beat someone of Asika's caliber. On her day she's good enough to beanyone in the women's tour. So GARCIRASAKA, watch out for that one once again. Probably a Rod Labor job, but definitely going to be exciting oneif those two get through to the second round and face each other. Nowon to the men's side of things. In the second round I'm looking atquite a few matchups once again. First Up, I'm looking at the winnerof Taylor Fritz and Albert Albert's Ramos Vano last versus Riley a pelker. Probablynot going to be the most exciting match to watch, with the pelkers bigserving, but he's always a danger as he's unseated, as he has beenthe last few years, just hanging outside those seeds. At ranked forty,Fritz down to rank a hundred and eleven, but I don't think that's true.But either way he's a seed. Maybe he's got a protected ranking.I can't remember. I'm pretty sure he played last year, so not surewhat I'm reading here. But Fritz has beaten the pelk at all three timesof played but, as you'd expect with a big server, in three ofthem there's been a tie break and in the last one in Indian wells intwo thousand and eighteen and went to a three set up Taylor, Fritz isalso probably come back to like a pelk has been progressing and Fritz probably stagnated. So I think there's a definitely more even matchup than I would have beenin two thousand and eighteen. Pelk is...

...big serving. Yes, it's dangerous, but Fritz, that's something. This is a match frits would be hopingnot to lose with someone who's just a big server and more of a certainVoluyo. Yes, he can move a little bit, but Fritz would stilllike to back himself, however, coming off the back of what I thinkwill be a tough match against round US nil lass in the first round.It could be an upset alert for a pelker. Fritz is looking at thehe's the twenty seventh seed and he is in Djokovic is section, so Ican't lies. Probably got a jude et on him that expires and the thirdround at the latest, but this could be an interesting one. Two Americans. You always love to see it because that means as an American knocked out, but yet battle of two young gun Americans, both top fifty players,trying to push their careers into a better spot, basically, and a winner. The winner gets a chance to have a crack at no back. Soa lot to play for and excited to see who wins that one. Nextup, I'm looking at John Milman and Milosh round each this there's actually quitea few matches in this round that I like. But they've played once before, Milosh round each one. It in three sets, but three tiebreakers,and this was in two thousand and eighteen at Wimbledon, which might suit round, which is big serving on the grass. Yet John Milman plays off his face. In Australia he'd plays off his face and most hardcourt destinations. Butin Australia, especially at the moment, he's in great form. Last yearshould beat in Roger Fedra pretty much. He had seven or eight match points. You couldn't finish him off. You'd like to think. He's thirty one, so you'd think he's going to start sign down. So you think whileyou still there in the top fifty, is going to have a real crackand try and go deepen in the other Australian Open, round itch. He'sranked fifteen. Arguably plays at a better level than that. He's been atop five player in the past. So round which is always a big dangerwith that big serve. But I'm excited to watch this one once again.Probably won't be able to watch it on the outside courts. Maybe my recordjob, not sure. Probably a Rod Laver Gig with round itches ranking andmilman Being Ozzie. But excited to see who comes out on top on thatone. And the winner would get the chance to play stem with drinker mostlikely, so all foks of Itch, and then they would get the chanceto probably play Jockovich in the fourth round. So the winner. Yes, youit's always tough goinge up against jocko witch, but it actually probably isgood in terms of a business side of thing, because it's a bit ofa no loose free hit. If you win a set off him, youcome out looking like a hero. Yes, so big game that one, milman. And Round which our next up? I'm looking at Curios and Umbert.That's assuming curios gets past Frederico, for are civil qualifier from Portugal.You'd expect that, but you never know. Curios, I'm pretty will character.Who Go in? Bet He has to be Uchi Yama of Japan.I'm a bit hesitant to get around Ugo in bear because last time I gotaround and I think it was the US Open and I think he lost firstround. So hesitant to get around him again. But he is the seedtwenty nine. He's still pretty young and I think he will pose a prettygood threat to curios. But curios would probably back himself against someone of arant seating of twenty nine and the winner will most likely play team in thethird round. So that sets up a blockbuster third round if curios gets through. But yeah, this will be a testing one. Actually similar to lastyear where Kuiros had to play catching of and then he won and went throughto play our actually can't remember who we went through and played, but hewent through the player a higher seed and struggled. So we'll see how itgoes against team. If he can beat you go in there. They've playedonce before and bear on the first set and Kiros retired. So you neverknow if that's true or not, but I'm sure it was and that wasactually last year, so recent. Maybe...

...there's tension. They're not sure.And then, finally, my final second round match on the men's side isHubert. He's Polish, so it's got to be like Hubert catch. Nota hundred percent sure how to say, but he is playing Carlos our Karaz, the seventeen year old from Spain. He is the next one to kidin my opinion. I reckon when we come around to the two thousand andtwenty two Australian Open, Carlos will a reckoning could be a top fifty playerby then. He's an absolute gun. He beat David Goffin in straight sets, I think it was yesterday at the time of recording. Very dangerous prospect. He's he qualified from ranking of a hundred and forty six, but hebeat the number two seat in qualifying straight sets, so he's definitely better thanhis ranking suggests. And who but her couch? She's been prone to anearly exit. However, he is in good form. He wanted to fiftyat the start of the season in the United States and he himself is onlytwenty three, so it's a chance to prove himself against it. I haveto say it's a sticky situation of her catch, because you don't alluse toour CARAZ WHO's only seventeen, but at the same time it's a chance toprove that he is a worthy seed. If you can put away him,and the winner will probably play, it sits a pass. So once againyou get the chance to play a top seed. If our crazz plays,if Carlos players, it's a past. That would be a pretty exciting match. Yes, you'd obviously backs. Its the past, but it will becool to see how good Corlos is right now. But this is a chancefor her catch to get through to a third round, which he is notconsistently done in his time of being a seed in the grand slams. Allright, moving on to the third round of the men's Drul next up wehave the third round. At this stage it's like sin serious extrapolation. Sothese matches aren't necessarily guaranteed. Some probably not going to spend too much timeon them. In the men's I'm looking at to stand with rinkr versus Miloshround each. This is assuming we're Rinko gets past probably fooks of ITCH andthat's round itach gets past probably Millman, which both are likely situations. Willdrinker currently holding the ranking of eighteen round each, fifteen. They're played eighttimes. Well, drinker has one five round. Its story, however,in the last four meetings it is three, one at two round each and they'veactually played at the els open twice and round each is one. Bothof them in five sets. So should be a good one based on thatform line. But you never know. They're both kind of past their prime, so we'll see how that goes. So that's one to watch. Thewinner most likely played Jockovich, so that's one to keep an eye out on. Another one to look out for Chios versus team. That's assuming that Curiosgets there. He has to be probably there in the second round. Teamshould get there. They'd be a big shock if he didn't. They've onlyplayed once and team beat him. However, it was for three and there wasa retirement, so not really a comprehensive form line there for team againstCurios. Kiros has a pretty good record against top players as well, Ithink he I don't know if he has win wreck positive records, but hedefinitely has good records against the big three. So I'm sure he's not scared ofsomeone at teams caliber and that would be a big if Kiros managed toupset team. Obviously that would be huge in terms of just tennis. InAustralian genue everyone would lose their crap, but I'm would just really open upthat bottom half of the drawer. The other top eight seed is Schwartzman.Then the other top sixteen seeds are Chapovalov and CRANA buster. So if curiosmanagers to upset team, we could be looking at any ten. There's abouta list of ten semi finals who could make it. We're dealing with Dimitrov, Chilich, Nishikori, crandi buster, Chapavlov, sinner, Felix Schwartzman,even someone like a pair like it would...

...just completely open up. So I'mhoping that occurs for that Sake. But obviously team is one of my favoritetennis players, so that would be a good one to watch. Another goodone that is probably likely going to happen is Bereret teeny and hatch and ofhat. Both of these guys probably haven't had the success in Grand Slams thatthey would have liked, but they're getting to the age now and their careerwhere they're a bit more experienced they probably are starting to expect from themselves abit better results. The winner would go through in likely place. It's apass which they would probably both sees a viewable, winnable game in there.They're played three times. Bart he's actually won all three times and it wasin two thousand and nineteen, which is pretty shocking considering hatching, of hasbeen the higher ranked player for most of their careers, and Beretteen he's inGood Horn beat team in straight sets the other day, so that could beone to watch out beret teeny could actually be one to watch out for inthis tournament. You never know. I don't have too much faith in himwith his Grand Slam form line, but some of his recent numbers and thefact that he's held his ranking of a top ten player is promising and you'dexpect a Grand Slam run to come sooner the rather than later. And then, to finish it off, Fabio Fognini and Alex Demon or. Once again, this is actually a pretty big extrapolation, considering both these guys get there.They are not invincible in the slightest. Fognini plays her bare first round,which is actually a tough one, as I mentioned before. Demon allplay sang ruin and then we'll probably place SEPPI might play quaivers. None ofthose games, that eating matches are easy, but this would be a pretty entertainingthird round in counter pretty even. Haven't played before two guys on oppositeends of the age spectrum, so I'd like to see it, and thewinner would go play Raphael on the probably so pretty big prize at the endof it. Moving on to the women's side of the drawer, I'm lookingthis is once again, this is even bigger extrapolation because the women are verythey love an upset. Basically, I'm looking at Belinda benchich versus Elisa Mertons. They've actually never played before, which is quite surprising, given Mertens isonly two years older than Ben Ships and they're both been in the top thirtyfor quite a long time. The winner it would likely go play Carolina Pliskabar, which they're both viewers a chance to win. I kind of touched onthis match before, but yeah, benchage versus Mertons I would definitely be agame I'd like to see and it'd probably be one actually could see on MargaretCourt, so I'm excited for the prospect of that one. Next up we'vegot KURBER and Murger Russa. Like I keep echoing this statement, but yeah, big extra appelation, especially with Kurba's recent form. However, they haveplayed nine times, Murger us has a winning record of five and four andMurgerosa has one five of their last six. So it's not pretty viewing for murderUSA. But I'm not completely sold that Kurbert has finished yet. Ihave faith that she has a few more kicks left in her career. Shedoesn't really have anyone dangerous. In her first two rounds she has Beenarda peaand then the winner of serenads and tomorrow Sadanzek, so she should get thereand murder. USA similarly doesn't have anyone to dangerous, so that would bea pretty good match to Grand Slam winners in the past. Yeah, it'dbe a really exciting one. You'd obviously be backing Murger Uzo into dispatch ofKurba, but you never know. Curr on a days pretty good. Anotherone I'm looking at is Rybakina verses Fiontech. This is down the bottom of thesecond half of the women's draw. Shron tech obviously shot up the rankingswith their French Open victory last year. She's still very young. If yousuddenly twenty, she has to play a ranks to Russ and then the winnersfed over and Giorgi, so I wouldn't out in her being there. She'sstill very young. Rabbe keene has to places Vonnaeva and then probably Fiona Faraohor Sina Coba. So neither have easy...

...runs to get there, but ifthey both got there this would be an exciting battle between two youngsters. Rabekeen is probably looking for a breakout run in a Grand Slam, where sheon take had hers last year, so they would be an interesting matchup inthe winner would likely go on to have a match up against Simona Hallet,which they had both be chances in everyone's a chance against Hallett, but theywould be a pretty big ticket item. And then, finally, Hallett versusKushtook. Kush joke has Kurta matover in the first round, so big assexpecting her to beat her, but I'm back in her in then she doesn'thave the toughest second round fixture. And then she would meet Simona help inthe third round. They've never played each other, coush joke. Obviously,based on rankings, you would expect her to lose easily, but you knowthere's youngsters. They're often a lot better than their ranking suggest. Course,trooks in good form. I think she won a tournament in the last fewweeks or made the final one. So they would be a big danger gamefor Samona helops and she loves going out early in a tournament, especially onhard court. So they would be definitely one I would be pointing out asone to look out for and hopefully one I can get my eyes on inperson. Now the time where I make a few rogue predictions. I tryand look at a few unseated players or players in the low seeds. Whomight go on a run. The women's is very hard because it's tough topredict. But I'm going to try and rush through this because the camera isabout to die. So the people I'm looking at to make a run inthe women's I was open draw the winner of Layla Fernandez an Atlast Burns,I reckon has a really good chance of making a fourth round or a quarterfinal. The other talented players in their section, that is benchitch, because net's over, and place Cabar. But I reckon those two could beat all ofthose women. And other is Ostapenko. I think she could. If shecan beat Mitch over in the first round. I back hero into in the secondround and then she's been plus cover before, so that would be adanger game for plus Cabar. Jennifer Brady as well. She's in contest section. Contents been very weak historically at the grand slams, especially in Australia,so I think Brady could be one to watch out for as well. Andthen, if she makes it to the fourth round, should likely be playingKennon, which I think Brady could beat with her power as a ranker.She's probably my pick to win the tournament. It's always hard to make a pickin the women's side, so I like to go for someone who's moredependable than the than the average women's tennis player as a rank is pretty reliable. Intersection. She's got suckery, who I'd like to think she'd beat comfortably. She would have to place Videlina in the fourth round if the seeds getthrough where they should, but I like as a ranker, against Videlina.Then should probably play Kennon, if the leads go through, in the quarterfinals, which I once again rate. So I think as a rank is mychoice to win the title. Others to watch out for our ANDREESCUE. Wedon't know what Andresco we will get. She's obviously and they played a handfulof tournaments in our career, but she's been very impressive in the one shehas and she doesn't have the hardest draw going around. Likely played comit ofbut in the fourth round, which I think she could win, corn aand Kostyuk are two other unseated players who I think a dark horses to makea bit of a run on to the men's side, obviously it's tough togo past jock of it. She would be my number one tip. Nadalprobably one, number two, but apart from that I'm looking at Sverrev.He is in Jock fitches section, so you'd have to beat him in thequarter finals. But apart from that I like his drawer. And then theothers. I'm thinking Rueb Lev and Medvedev. They are in the top they're inthe third quarter and I like both of them in their respective drawers.If they're playing in form, I like their chances. They would just haveto beat roughly in the semi's most likely unseated players likely to go on around. Chilich. If he can beat...

Dimitrov there, then his drawer reallyopens up, similarly as does sinners. If he can beat Chapavaal of inthe first round, then I like his chances of maybe even reaching the fourthround or quarterfinals. On the second half of the drawer. Yeah, asI mentioned, ruble of he's a good chance. Tommy Paul, very interestingsection with Caspar Rude Jordan, Tom and Bassi Lash V and Tommy Pool.Anyone, any one of those four could easily make it out of there,but I like Tommy Pool to go on a bit of a run there andthey will probably play Roberto Bautista a good Carlos our Caraz talked about him enoughon this episode, but I think he is definitely one to watch if hecan be her catch. And yet that's my tips for the Australian Open.Bit of a rush one, but I just wanted to round it off beforethe camera diet again, as it is almost eleven o'clock on a Friday night. Very excited for this tournament. Should be really good. Always tough topredict the EILDS Open. Not much form going into it, but excited tosee what it has to offer. There's a lot of exciting early matchups andit's at the also open. Usually get some exciting all ot of tournament matches, as you do it most Grand Slam. So just really excited for the wholetwo weeks. Hopefully it gets goes through without a COVID hiccup. Thatwould be really much appreciate that, just as a citizen of Australia but alsosomeone who's planning on going to five different days but yet really looking forward toit. Jokovicchin has rank rum and my pics not very risky for me there, but I've mentioned my other underdogs. Good luck to all the players playing, not the any people listening. Thanks for listening. If you've gotten thisfar or if you're watching a clip, really appreciate it. Show you support. Let me know in the comments who you think you will win or whoyou think is a dark horse, and stay tuned. They'll be more tenniscontent to come. Thanks.

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