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2022 Australian Open seed reports

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Say this concerning the 2022 Australian Open: it has had run-up publicity like by no means earlier than. With the highest seed in males’s singles nonetheless within the match—and nonetheless in nation—the draw was made on Thursday native time. Each the match and the highest participant is perhaps in a unique place by the point you learn this. Or not. One protected prediction: this will likely be a Main like no different. Herewith your 2022 Australian seed reports:

Males’s Draw

1. Novak Djokovic: Assuming he performs, there are two competing impulses. For a participant who thrives on routine and perfection like no different, does this whole chaos of this week—the sleep deprivation, the dietary compromises, the times with out observe—sap him? Or, for a participant who thrives on adversity like no different, does the chaos of final week provoke him? As I see it, he both loses earlier than the tip of the center weekend; or wins the title. Both manner it will likely be theater.

2. Daniil Medvedev: Effectively…he was a finalist final 12 months. And received the earlier Main. So that you’re inside your rights for predicting one other Useless Fish. However didn’t lose 2021 with a flourish. And began 2022 with a loss to Humbert. No disaster. Nothing to stop him from taking part in his manner into the occasion. However not carrying Main No.2 power proper now.

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3. Stefanos Tsitsipas: Loads of small considerations, not least an elbow harm which tends to set off the tennis participant’s SimpliSafe alarm system. A loss to Schwartzman in ATP Cup appeared to substantiate that he’s not at 100%.

4. Alexander Zverev: The Greatest Participant By no means to Have Received a Slam has an opportunity to rid himself of that package. Traditionally, profitable the ATP Ultimate hasn’t been a lot of a predictor for achievement the next 12 months. But it surely re-affirmed that Zverev is prepared.

5. Andrei Rublev: Even with out considerations about his residual Covid standing, the cut-and-paste: An exquisite participant, with simple energy. Nobody has extra skill to take a mid-rally ball and smoke a winner. However the best-of-five outcomes don’t hold tempo with the best-of-three outcomes. An excellent participant week-to-week, who wins a lot of matches week-to-week, however nonetheless must make a dent at a Main. And till that adjustments, there’s an optimism ceiling.

6. Rafa Nadal: Underrated storyline: his alternative to win a twenty first Main, taking the lead within the Nice Race. Solely received in Australia solely as soon as (2009) however it might simply have been 4 titles. After lacking the second half of 2021, he seemed sharp, profitable the Melbourne tune-up. Arduous to see him beating Djokovic within the semis in the event that they meet. However that’s a substantial “if.”

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7. Matteo Berrettini: Hasn’t been fairly the identical since his run to the Wimbledon remaining. Loads to love; but in addition plenty of harm considerations. When wholesome, he has Slam profitable potential. (When not, it may be painful.) Losses to Medvedev and de Minaur final week had been closely-contested, winnable matches. Which cuts each methods.

8. Casper Ruud: He’s received one match for his (temporary) profession in Australia. However it’s a must to admire the constant trajectory right here. Simply turned 23 and is a prime 8 seed.

9. Felix Auger-Aliassime: Arduous to think about that his first profession title will come at a Main. (Sidenote: has there ever been a participant to achieve the highest 10 with out profitable a match of any dimension?) However he comes fired with confidence after ATP Cup heroics, together with a takedown of Zverev. Not his excellent floor however something in need of Week Two can be a disappointment.

10. Hubert Hurcacz: He’s within the Djokovic/Nadal quarter. However, as he confirmed in 2022, he has the sport to win huge titles. Self perception can play peek-a-boo however lots to love right here.

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11. Jannik Sinner: Undefeated in ATP is a robust begin to a season. Looks like he’s a veteran and he doesn’t flip 21 till the week earlier than the U.S. Open. Profession Aussie Open report 1-2.

12. Cam Norrie: Your Indian Wells winner is near infiltrating the highest 10. An actual credit score to his professionalism (and the lefty juju.)

13. Diego Schwartzman: All credit score to a man who performs at this degree—now constantly—and goes whole matches with out an ace. Final week he scored the primary top-five win of his profession, beating Tsitsipas. Possibly extra spectacular, he took down Basilashvili 6-1, 6-2.

14. Denis Shapovalov: Feels just like the Night time Prepare has been again within the railyard for a bit, not less than since Wimbledon. Typically the type overwhelms the substance. Robust begin to 2022 with three wins in ATP Cup; and word coach Jamie Delgado. Loads of flash. A magnetic persona. This 12 months may very well be telling, somehow.

[Intermission: 1) Note that Shapovaolv is 3-1 on the year and has already won $516,500. This ATP Cup might be deeply flawed, but can’t argue with the purse. 2) Let us recognize that Dominic Thiem, former AO finalist, is still on the shelf.]

15. Roberto Bautista Agut: Outdated trustworthy. Now 33, he received’t win. Neither will he go gently into the night time.

16. Christian Garin: Credit score him for his rating. However he has received one match in Australia. And by no means been past spherical 4 of a Main.

Seeds 17-32

17. Gael Monfils: Has already received a 2022 title. After a tough 12 months throughout Covid—a crowd pleaser wants a crowd–he’s again.

18. Aslan Karatsev: Returns to the scene of his breakthrough. Final 12 months he certified. This 12 months he’s a prime 20 seed.

20. Taylor Fritz: A career-high rating for American. Should exorcise 2021 Aussie Open when he had an opportunity of a career-defining win in opposition to Djokovic and retreated. However he’s in type. And has an intriguing draw.

22. John Isner: Nonetheless floating on Georgia’s nationwide title. Begins in opposition to Max Cressey.

26. Grigor Dimitrov: A former semifinalist. You hope he’s wholesome. If that’s the case, he can go deep.

27. Reilly Opelka: A lot past the serve and the peak. Will get Kevin Anderson to start out.

29. Ugo Humbert: Tennis’s harmful liaison. Received’t win the title however huge upset potential.

31. Carlos Alcaraz: Let’s see what the child can usher in his second AO look.

Darkish Horses

Andy Murray: All a number of Main champs advantage point out. Bodily, unclear how a lot best-of-five tennis he can stand up to. If nothing else, a sentimental alternative. A winnable first rounder v. Basilashvili.

Nick Kyrgios: Obligated by legislation to say his probably second rounder in opposition to Medvedev.

Frances Tiafoe: Again within the prime 40. Spent off-sesaon working towards with Berrettini (amongst others) and a fantastic observe report in Melbourne. Doubtless second spherical take a look at in opposition to Fritz.

Seb Korda: Missed final 12 months. Involves the match Pops received in 1998.

Tommy Paul: As much as a profession excessive No. 41. May get Djokovic in spherical two.

Max Cressey: Behold. A serve-and-volleyer. Now within the prime 75 after reaching tune-up remaining.

Upset Particular: Mikael Ymer d. A less-than-100-percent Tsitsipas

First Spherical Matches to Watch:

Opelka v. Anderson: Be aware the ace rely.

Isner v. Cressey: Be aware the ace rely.

Berrettini v. Nakashima: Even when the Italian is 100%, the younger American will make him work.

Cam Norrie v. Seb Korda: Tough opener for each.

Bublik v. Monfils: Spherical two.

Doubles Champs

Mektic and Pavic: Greatest within the enterprise till confirmed in any other case.

Semifinals

Zverev d. Djokovic (or Nadal)

Medvedev d. Whole shock (Fritz)

Winner

Zverev

Ladies’s Draw

1. Ash Barty: Often the fallback is “well being is an element.” Right here, it’s extra about dealing with the event. The world #1 didn’t play a match in 2021 after the US Open. And but, confirmed no ring rust the primary week of 2022. So many gears, so many choices, it’s extra concerning the context than the tennis.

2. Aryna Sabalenka: Has improved her play at Majors. However as an alternative of crashing early, at each Wimbledon and the U.S. she’s performed deep solely to lose matches she might have (ought to have?) received. The perfect participant by no means to have received a Main, fell right here final 12 months to Serena Williams. (On reflection, a smashing outcome for SW.) Her new problem: the yips on her serve.

3. Garbine Muguruza: Not pregnant—a gag that caught a outstanding agent who will stay anonymous. It’s been 5 years since her final Main, however Mugu usually seemed to be again in 2021, not least when she received the year-end soiree. A former finalist in Melbourne (2019); lots to love right here.

4. Barbora Krejcikova: Unseeded earlier than the 2021 French Open, she arrives as a prime 4 seed. Which is to say, she not solely had a breakthrough, however consolidated it with extra strong outcomes. A kind of Euro-Barty, she brings selection, maturity, a surfeit of choices and a deficit of drama. After 5 years of failing to qualify, she has received a grand whole of two singles matches in Melbourne. Arduous to see her dwelling as much as her seeding, however she has likelihood of profitable the doubles.

5. Maria Sakkari: the compulsory nod to a Greek participant getting help within the metropolis with the most important Greek inhabitants outdoors of Athens. A lot to love right here, however nonetheless a bent to interrupt your coronary heart together with her incapability to shut. Misplaced a decent match to Shelby Rogers in Adelaide. Be aware too, she misplaced in spherical one in 2021.

6. Anett Kontaveit: Would you pull that crap with Anett? A incredible fall has her ranked inside the highest ten. She simply turned 26 and is within the meaty prime of her profession. Unclear if she is able to actually contend for majors, she has solely been to 1 quarter in her profession, and went 6-4 within the slams in 2021. However, plenty of momentum, and plenty of recreation, particularly particular to this floor.

7. Iga Swiatek: Received the final Main of 2020. And didn’t play deep in a 2021 Main. And but, she turned in a totally respectable 12 months, cementing her prime 10 bona fides. Nonetheless struggles with self-belief. When she’s seeing clearly, she’s pretty much as good as there’s.

8. Paula Badosa: one of many nice breakthrough gamers of final season, culminating together with her title at Indian Wells. Has received just one match for her profession in Australia, however she’s going to profit from her prime 8 seeding, and might make life tough for all types of opponents.

Pause to notice seeds that, collectively, 9-16 would possibly in the end be extra formidable than seeds 1-8

9. Ons Jabeur: Artful, nearly impish, participant who is a good pleasure to look at. In a brief period of time, she’s gone from an admirable sui generis participant to a tournament-winning, upset-springing prime 40 stalwart to top-20 with an arrow. A deep run at a Main is the following step in her evolution.

10. Anastasia Pavlyuchekova: One other simple participant to root for. An trustworthy dealer, who’s had her setbacks (accidents, covid, immigration, a battle to copy an unrivalled junior profession), however retains returning. Now 30 and a prime ten seed. Good for her.

11. Sofia Kenin: Desire a participant to root for? Look no additional. Flying solo, having parted methods together with her father. He had COVID. She’s attempting to return to the scene of the triumph (Aussie Open, 2020) and revive her profession. Two wins and a robust match in opposition to Barty in Adelaide is an encouraging begin. Begins in opposition to Madison Keys.

13. Naomi Osaka: took the remainder of 2021 off after her US Open defeat. Her tennis held up in Melbourne tuneup, however her physique didn’t. The defending champion (and 2019 champion) hasn’t received a match since, however on observe report alone, she is a contender, particularly if she has swollen self-belief.

12. Elena Rybakina: Right here’s a secret hiding in plain sight. Numerous simple energy. Received 4 matches in Adelaide earlier than falling to Barty.

14. Simona Halep: After the higher a part of the last decade within the prime ten, it’s jarring to see her ranked the place she is—even after a title final week. Now 30, she is taking part in with home cash.

15. Elina Svitolina: The excellent news: she obtained married. The unhealthy information: a prime three participant at Wimbledon, she’s tumbled out of the highest ten. A fantastic, athletic, prime participant—however we stay much less satisfied that she will be able to win Majors.

16. Angie Kerber: a 12 months in the past, she was rumored to be pondering retirement. A pleasant, late profession renaissance and now returns to an occasion she received, gulp, six years in the past.

Seeds 17-32

17. Emma Raducanu: Amazingly, the defending main champion. British teenager has made some huge cash however received few matches since profitable the US Open. Begins in opposition to Sloane Stephens.

18. Coco Gauff: Her ascent has been so sleek. Studying to win matches underneath a wide range of circumstances, and sometimes removed from residence.

20. Petra Kvitova: A kind of gamers you possibly can’t not like, and he or she is a two time Main winner, in addition to a former finalist in Melbourne. At age 31, she is on the again 9, however followers can maintain out hope.

21. Jessie Pegula: All credit score to her for taking part in herself into the highest 20. A floor she ought to love, and he or she had 2021 success right here, let’s see who lasts longer, she or the Payments.

22. Belinda Bencic: Outcomes may be erratic, however has had some success in Australia and the floor is to her liking. Alas for her (or not) she’s in Barty’s neighborhood.

23. Leylah Fernandez: carrying hopes for Canadian ladies with Andreescu out, got here inside just a few video games of profitable the 2021 US Open. The guess right here is that has fired her with confidence.

24. Victoria Azarenka: Can play with anybody, although typically struggles to string collectively back-to-back success. A two-time winner will get you computerized point out.

27. Danielle Collins: All the time harmful, particularly Down Beneath.

28. Veronika Kudermetova: Little recognized to followers. Well-known to different gamers.

Darkish Horses

Amanda Anisimova: Solely 20 and the comeback begins. Already with a 2022 title in hand.

Shelby Rogers: Don’t be fooled by the Low Nation pleasantness; a spirited competitor. Already scored huge wins in 2022.

Ludmilla Samsonova: Fed Cup heroine discovering her manner

Jil Teichman: Athletic Swiss lefty.

Ajla Tomljanovic: Large recreation, particularly when self-belief follows.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich: Gippsland finalist final week. Loads of huge wins for a participant who began the 12 months ranked outdoors the highest 75.

Vera Zvonareva: Respect. She’s 37, a mother, and in most important draw.

Sam Stosur: Respect. Taking part in her remaining occasion.

Upset particular: Stephens d. Raducanu: is it even an upset?

Tomljanovic d. Badosa: With capability crowds it could be much more tantalizing.

First spherical matches to look at:

Kerber v. Kanepi: a 33-year-old versus a 36-year-old…and it is perhaps the match of the match.

Kenin v. Keys: Distinction in kinds. And demeanor.

Sanders v. Sabalenka: If Sabalenka’s serve continues to be obedient and the Aussie crowd will get into it, this may very well be attention-grabbing.

Collins v. Rogers: Spherical two.

Doubles Champs 

Siniakova and Krejkikova

Semifinals

Barty d. Coco

Mugu d. Swiatek

Winner 

Muguruza

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