Author: Andrew Younger
Published: 15:54 12/09/2014
The Tennis world heads Down Under for the first Grand Slam of the year this January as Melbourne hosts the 2015 Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic will be on the hunt for his fifth Australian Open and will be one of the hot favourites for the event. You can back Djokovic and gain advantage of 888Sports offer of £88 in free bets, which this article might just tempt you into.
Here’s five good reasons why the Serbian can reign again in Melbourne:
1: His defeat last year
Before the 2014 tournament Djokovic had completed a hat-trick of titles between 2011-2013. However, he could only reach the Quarter Finals last year losing to eventual Champion Stanislas Wawrinka. You know the phrase ‘you don’t know what you have until its gone’? Well it’s one that Novak is experiencing right now, and he’ll be more determined than ever to win the Australian Open this time round.
2. It’s his favourite surface
Djokovic is widely regarded as a hard court master and there are few that can match him on this surface when he is on form. Five of his seven Grand Slam titles have been won in the hard court season and he won six titles on the surface in 2014 before a disappointing Semi Final result at the US Open, which is another result that will spur him on to do better Down Under.
3. He has happy memories of Melbourne
Djokovic has won four Australian Open titles including his first ever major back in 2008. The Rod Laver Arena will always hold a special place in Novak’s heart because of this. It’s often said that success in sport is 90% psychological and there is no event on the planet that Novak will be in a better place for mentally.
4. His head-to-head record against his competitors
When you reach number 1 in the world like Djokovic has, you expect to get the better of most players on the circuit, but there is no player in the world who can claim to have the wood on Novak one on one. Since dumping Federer out of the US Open in 2011, his record against the Swiss legend reads 8-4 while he also has favourable records against Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych.
5. He can become a record breaker
Djokovic is tied with Federer and Andre Agassi as the most successful player in the Open era in this tournament. All three players have won four titles and Djokovic would be making history if he was to make it a fifth this January. Roy Emerson still leads the way with six singles titles, and Djokovic may have that record in his sights too. With this goal in his sights, Djokovic shouldn’t require any more motivation to reclaim his Australian Open crown.
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