Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Australian Open Preview
In singles we have the following nine players in the main:
John Isner (should be seeded 14th)
Steve Johnson (WC)
Harrison and Sock just get in, they are the last two direct acceptances.
We have the following 9 players in the qualifying draw:
(4) Denis Kudla (plays Daniel Cox)
(20) Alex Kuznetsov (plays Theodoros Angelinos)
Tennys Sandgren (plays  Dusan Lajovic)
Bobby Reynolds (plays Miloslav Mecir)
(19) Wayne Odesnik (plays Thomas Fabbiano)
Daniel Kosakowski (plays  Tatsuma Ito)
(13) Rhyne Williams (plays Steven Diez)
Austin Krajicek (plays Malek Jaziri)
(15) Rajeev Ram (plays Marco Cecchinato)
With the form they've had lately I don't expect Isner or Querrey, our two "big guns", to get very deep into the tournament. Best case, I think, with a favorable draw is that Isner could see the 4th round. Querrey will win a match or two at absolute most. The dangerous floaters are Donald Young, who seems to be playing well, Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison. I could see any of those guys getting to the 3rd round with the right draw. I don't see anyone else getting past the 2nd round, at best. Unfortunately the bleak results of the recent slams will most likely not improve this soon, but I would love to be proved wrong and see one of these guys get to the 4th round.
In qualies, Kudla and Williams are set up to make a run for sure. Sandgren is playing the best tennis of the bunch but Lajovic is a brutal draw. Tough draw for Krajicek and Kosakowski as well.