Posted: 24 January, 2017 by Ryan Warren

So, who actually can win the Australian Open?

Tags: Tennis

Following the exits of World Number 1 and 2 – Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic – the Australian Open has been blown wide open on the men’s side.

The first of the quarterfinals kicks off today, so we’ve ran you through the remaining players and assessed their realistic chances of winning the ATP Tours ‘Fun Slam’.

Mischa Zverev

Germanys Mischa Zverev hits a return against Britain's Andy Murray during their men's singles fourth round match on day seven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 22, 2017. / AFP / PAUL CROCK / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE        (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

The 29-year-old German is currently ranked number 50 in the world, and is probably more known these days for being the older brother of next generation phenom, Alexander Zverev Jnr.

Can he win it? No. Although he eliminated World Number 1 Andy Murray last round, he doesn’t have the arsenal to win a Grand Slam.

Biggest thing holding him back: Pace, skill – you name it. The odds are heavily stacked against this bloke.

David Goffin

A decorated junior player, Goffin has started to hit his straps on the ATP Tour over the past two years, reaching a career high world ranking of 11.

Can he win it? Nah, not really. Having never made the final of a Grand Slam, and only managing to win two piss-ant tour events in his 6+ years on tour; it’d be a big step-up for Goffin to win in Melbourne.

Biggest thing holding him back: He’s boring AF, doesn’t have the flair, nor resilience to wear down an opponent, and he’s a massive step behind the world’s top players.

Grigor Dimitrov

Harping back to 2014, Dimitrov was looking like a world-beater; taking out three Tour titles and reaching the semifinal at Wimbledon.

Then things hit a hurdle in 2015, where he struggled with injury and split with his coach. He finally managed to start to turn things around in the backend of 2016, and his Aus Open tournament form has been pretty slick.

Can he win it? He should beat Goffin in the quarterfinals, however he then has to face either Nadal or Raonic, so he’ll have to play out of his arse to win the tourney from here.

Biggest thing holding him back: Rooting too many birds on the WPT Tour. Dimitrov was rumoured to have dated both Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova! He then turned his attentions towards former-Pussy Cat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.

Talk about a pants man.

Stanislas Wawrinka

The ‘Stanimal’ has had a great tournament, and his three-set win against Andreas Seppi last round was ominous. The current World Number 4 is a noted Grand Slam champion, and he has easily beaten everyone remaining in the tournament.

Can he win it? Yes, easily. With three Grand Slam wins to his name, including the 2014 Aus Open, he has already displayed he's got all the attributes needed to win the big tournaments.

Biggest thing holding him back: Kokkinakis banged his missus.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Songa was one tennis’ next big things when he first hit the scene, but unfortunately for him, his entry culminated with the careers of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray…

He made the Aus Open final in 2008 – his sole Grand Slam final – and had a relatively successful 2016, reaching the QF’s at both the US Open and Wimbledon.

Can he win it? Technically, he can. He has all the tools needed to win a Slam but at 31, his time is running out.

Biggest thing holding him back: With one of the most powerful serves in the game, Tsonga’s serve-volley game is strong. However his return of serve is dismal, and his backhand is virtually nonexistent. He’s best served trying to hit a forehand on his left-hand…

Milos Raonic

The Canadian, and current World Number 3, WILL be a Grand Slam winner, whether or not it’s here in Australia is yet to be seen.

Can he win it? Yes. His serve is straight fucking fire, and at 196cm, he moves around the court remarkably well for a giant.

Biggest thing holding him back: Well it used to be that disgusting arm sock thing he played with, but it looks like he’s finally given that the flick.

Rafael Nadal

After repeated injury setbacks forced the former-World Number 1 to take several months away from the game, Nadal is back, baby; and the enticing match-up of Federer vs. Nadal is what everyone in the tennis world wants.

Can he win it? Even if the hard court isn’t his favourite surface, Nadal has won 14 Grand Slams. That’s ridiculous. He most certainly can go all the way in Melbourne and win his 15th.

Roger Federer

The ‘Fed Express’, the people’s champion, tennis’ good guy; everyone loves Fed. We could wax lyrical about his career for hours, but the main point is this: he is the greatest tennis player of all time.

Can he win it? If this was six months ago; he couldn’t. But Fed started to hit some form before an injury lay-off last year. He has seemingly picked up from where he left off though and his performance against Nishikori, particularly in the fourth and fifth sets, was unbelievable.

Biggest thing holding him back: The only thing holding Federer back from his 18th – and first since 2014 – Grand Slam title, is age.

At 35, Federer has slowed down a heap over the past 24 months; but you can never keep a champion down.

So who's actually going to win?

Our hearts say Federer, but we're tipping a changing of the guard with Milos Raonic to win his first ever Grand Slam.

Ryan Warren

Digital Editor, The Greenfield Post

Ryan is the Digital Editor of The Greenfield Post and the person you should annoy if you want to write for us.

Tags: Tennis

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