Australian Open 2020: Top 5 favorites and prediction for men’s singles

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With the Australian Open poised to get under way, we have reviewed the top five favorites for the 2020 men’s singles competition in Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic comes into the 2020 edition of the Australian Open as the defending champion, seeking a record eighth triumph in Melbourne.

The Serbian has some familiar rivals in his fellow members of The Big Three, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

But those established stars, who have won each of the last 12 Grand Slam events between them, are facing a greater level of competition from the chasing pack this year.

The Australian Open draw saw world number one and top seed Nadal end up in a different half to Djokovic and Federer.

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Nadal won the last major at the US Open in 2019 and was one of the main winners from the draw, but he comes into the event having suffered disappointment at the recent ATP Cup.

Here, listed in the order of the widely available odds for the tournament, we have reviewed the top 5 favorites to win the Australian Open men’s singles.

After that, we have made our tournament prediction ahead of what will hopefully be two weeks of exciting on-court action.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

5. Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas had a magnificent end to last season, winning the ATP Finals in London to cap a year that started with a run to the Australian Open semifinals.

After impressing in Abu Dhabi ahead of the 2020 campaign, the ATP Cup proved to be a slight disappointment as he won only one of his three singles matches, suffering losses to Denis Shapovalov and Nick Kyrgios.

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But sixth seed Tsitsipas is still one of the players being billed as the most likely to break The Big Three’s dominance in 2020.

He is targeting a place in the final and is undoubtedly a man to watch at the tournament, despite being handed a tough draw that could see him face Djokovic in the last eight.

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