Australian Open: Form guide for the men's singles in Melbourne

Australian Open: men's singles finalists from 2020
Last year's finalists: Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem

Check out our form guide for this year's Australian Open, where Novak Djokovic is chasing title number nine. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"A real threat in Melbourne where he (Medvedev) will celebrate his 25th birthday during the first week of the tournament. Hard court is certainly his best surface, having lost the US Open final over five sets to Nadal in 2019. Ended 2020 on a high by winning the ATP Tour finals in London."

If you thought that last year's Slams at Flushing Meadows and Roland Garros were badly affected by Covid, they were nothing compared to the issues currently being faced by organisers of the Australian Open.

Since tennis downed their collective tools in November at the end of a start-stop season, the major concern has been whether the Melbourne tournament would even take place at all.

Yet somehow, more than 300 players will have made it to the first Grand Slam tournament of 2021, which starts on Monday, February 8th.

It was originally due to begin in mid-January but had to be put back to allow travelling players to undergo a period of isolation, as laid down by the Australian Government.

Both the ATP and WTA quickly arranged a handful of pre-Slam events, with qualifying for the Open taking place in the Middle East.

A number of plane loads of competitors were struck down by positive Covid-19 tests, which further complicated proceedings and left many kicking their heels in hotel rooms around Australia.

Yet the show goes on, although many will start the tournament with less constructive practice than normal, and few competitive matches under their belt.

Most will be undercooked, increasing the chances of a greater number of shock results - particularly in rounds one and two.

The Big Three

Novak Djokovic is top seed in the men's singles, as well as defending champion.

The Serb, who rightfully believes he should be held in the same high esteem as both Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, suffered serious setbacks during the last two Slams of 2020.

At the US Open, the 33-year-old was disqualified after inadvertently hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball, following a surge of annoyance.

A few weeks later he suffered a rare straight-sets defeat at the hands of a fiercely-determined and inspired Nadal, in the final of the French Open.

Djokovic won just seven games in all, his worst-ever showing in the final of a Slam - and he's played 27 of them, winning 17.

He certainly looked shaken by the experience at the end. But while Nadal is King of Clay, and Federer holds the record on grass, Novak always shines in Melbourne and will start the tournament as the man to beat.

Nadal is back in Australia keen to claim the only Slam he has won just once. He currently stands level with Federer on 20-major titles apiece.

However, the Spaniard has suffered an injury concern in the build up to the Slam by pulling out of his country's opening match of the ATP Cup in Melbourne. Reports cited a sore back.

Federer is unable to play in Australia having not had enough time to prepare for this event, following two knee operations last year.

The Swiss star, who turns 40 in August, says Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics are his main targets for 2021.

Check out the latest men's singles betting for the forthcoming Australian Open

Best of the rest:

Dominic Thiem: With Nadal and Federer absent, and Djokovic defaulted, the 27-year-old Austrian took advantage of the void to claim his maiden Slam in New York. He is the current world No 3 and the beaten finalist from Melbourne last year. Although clay is probably his favourite surface, he has enjoyed plenty of success on hard court.

Daniil Medvedev: A real threat in Melbourne where he will celebrate his 25th birthday during the first week of the tournament. Hard court is certainly his best surface, having lost the US Open final over five sets to Nadal in 2019, as well as reaching the last four in New York 12 months later. He ended 2020 on a high by winning the ATP Tour finals in London.

Alexander Zverev: Runner-up to Thiem at last September's US Open where he threw away a two-set advantage. Was a semi-finalist in Melbourne last year.

Stefanos Tsitsipas: A two-time Slam semi-finalist and winner of the ATP Tour finals in 2019. The 22-year-old took Djokovic to five sets in Paris during October's French Open. Maybe his time has arrived to become a Slam champion?

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Last 10 Grand Slam Results (selected players)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player F-20 U-20 A-20 U-19 W-19 F-19 A-19 U-18 W-18 F-18
Novak Djokovic RU Rd-4 Won Rd-4 Won SF Won Won Won QF
Rafael Nadal Won QF Won SF Won RU SF SF Won
Dominic Thiem QF Won RU Rd-1 Rd-1 RU Rd-2 QF Rd-1 RU
Daniil Medvedev Rd-1 SF Rd-4 RU Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1
Stefanos Tsitsipas SF Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 SF Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-2
Alexander Zverev Rd-4 RU SF Rd-4 Rd-1 QF Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-3 QF
Andrey Rublev QF QF Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Diego Schwartzman SF Rd-1 Rd-4 QF Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2 QF
Matteo Berrettini Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-2 SF Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3
Gael Monfils Rd-1 Rd-4 QF Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-3
Denis Shapovalov Rd-2 QF Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2
Roberto Bautista Agut Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 SF Rd-3 QF Rd-1 Rd-3
David Goffin Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-4 QF Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-4
Milos Raonic Rd-2 QF Rd-4 QF Rd-4 QF
Pablo Carreno Busta QF SF Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3
Fabio Fognini Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-4
Stan Wawrinka Rd-3 QF QF Rd-2 QF Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1
Grigor Dimitrov Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-2 SF Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3
Karen Khachanov Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 QF Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-4
Felix Auger-Aliassime Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1
Alex de Minaur Rd-1 QF Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1
Borna Coric Rd-1 QF Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-3
Dusan Lajovic Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2
Casper Ruud Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2
Benoit Paire Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2
Hubert Hurkacz Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Taylor Fritz Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1
Filip Krajinovic Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1
Ugo Humbert Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Daniel Evans Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2
Lorenzo Sonego Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Adrian Mannarino Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1
Jannik Sinner QF Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Jan-Lennard Struff Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2
John Millman Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 QF Rd-2 Rd-1
Nikoloz Basilashvili Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1
Reilly Opelka Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2
Kei Nishikori Rd-2 Rd-3 QF QF QF SF QF Rd-4
Miomir Kecmanovic Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1
Marin Cilic Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-4 QF Rd-2 QF
Guido Pella Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 QF Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2
Alexander Bublik Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2
Albert Ramos-Vinolas Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3
Nick Kyrgios Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3
Richard Gasquet Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3
Tennys Sandgren Rd-2 Rd-1 QF Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Sam Querrey Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 QF Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2
Jordan Thompson Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Tommy Paul Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1
Marton Fucsovics Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Laslo Djere Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Yoshihito Nishioka Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Aljaz Bedene Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Pablo Andujar Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Vasek Pospisil Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Frances Tiafoe Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 QF Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1
Feliciano Lopez Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Gilles Simon Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-3
Jeremy Chardy Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Cameron Norrie Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Dominik Koepfer Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-2
Jiri Vesely Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1
Pablo Cuevas Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Stefano Travaglia Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Ricardas Berankis Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Marcos Giron Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Steve Johnson Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3
Salvatore Caruso Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3
Federico Delbonis Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Egor Gerasimov Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2
Marco Cecchinato Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 SF
Corentin Moutet Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2
Juan Ignacio Londero Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-4
Kevin Anderson Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-4 RU Rd-4
Thiago Monteiro Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Pierre-Hugues Herbert Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3
Radu Albot Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2
Emil Ruusuvuori Rd-1 Rd-2
Pedro Martinez Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Norbert Gombos Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Mikhail Kukushkin Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1
Lloyd Harris Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Federico Coria Rd-3 Rd-2
Joao Sousa Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1
Attila Balazs Rd-2 Rd-1
Mikael Ymer Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2
Gianluca Mager Rd-1 Rd-1
Soonwoo Kwon Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Roberto Carballes Baena Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Dennis Novak Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3
Yannick Hanfmann Rd-1 Rd-1
Aleksandar Vukic Rd-1
Sumit Nagal Rd-2 Rd-1
Marc Polmans Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Thanasi Kokkinakis
Andrej Martin Rd-2 Rd-1
Yuichi Sugita Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Christopher O'Connell Rd-2 Rd-1
Alex Bolt Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1
Mackenzie McDonald Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-4
Sebastian Korda Rd-4 Rd-1
James Duckworth Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Kamil Majchrzak Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1
Yasutaka Uchiyama Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Hugo Dellien Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Taro Daniel Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Pedro Sousa Rd-1 Rd-1
Damir Dzumhur Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3
Ilya Ivashka Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Andreas Seppi Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1
Jaume Munar Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2
Yen-HsunLu Rd-1
Gregoire Barrere Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Carlos Alcaraz
Kimmer Coppejans Rd-1
Maxime Cressy Rd-2
Frederico Ferreira Silva
Viktor Troicki Rd-2 Rd-1
Aslan Karatsev
Sergiy Stakhovsky Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2

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