A bite-sized preview to get you ready for Australian Open 2018, for those who need to know, and fast!
1. Rafael Nadal
Rafa’s face after he lost to Roger in the final said it all. Sore knee or not, the world No.1 will be out for revenge.
2. Roger Federer
Roger's the GOAT. We know that. But by how much is he better than Nadal and Nole? A 20th major would make the gap insurmountable.
3. Grigor Dimitrov
A maiden Masters trophy and ATP finals crown in 2017 would suggest Dimitrov is on the precipice of a Grand Slam. Will he take the final step?
4. Alexander Zverev
It’s not a question of ‘if’ Sascha wins a Grand Slam, it’s ‘when’. Needs to improve stamina and maturity for two weeks of best-of-fives.
5. Dominic Thiem
Thiem's win percentage on clay: 83%. And on hard: 52%. He'll need to adapt to quicker surfaces if he wants to go deeper in Melbourne.
6. Marin Cilic
Since 2011, Cilic has failed to make it past the 4th round of the AO. With Bjorkman out, perhaps a new coach will do the trick?
7. David Goffin
1st round in 2013. 2nd round in 2014. 4th round in 2016. Quarterfinals in 2017. Semis in 2018?
8. Jack Sock
After struggling at all four majors, Sock caught fire at the end of the year. Will the flame continue to burn in Melbourne?
9. Stan Wawrinka
Stan almost called it quits after hurting his knee this year. He's now back to full health but match fitness may be a worry.
10. Pablo Carreno Busta
Quarters in France and semis in New York, Pablo enjoyed Slam success in 2017 - but will that continue with increased competition?