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2017 Australian Open Predictions

Who will win the 2017 Australian Open men's and women's titles? Our research staff offers winner predictions and analysis. This is the tennis season's first grand slam event. The 2017 Australian Open is scheduled for January 16-29.

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🎾JScore Analysis

Men

Andy Murray
JScore: 6
Pros
• Top ranked player, 3 grand slam titles
• 5-time finalist in Melbourne
• Reached three grand slam finals in 2016
• Won two of the last three matches against Djokovic
Cons
• 11-24 against Djokovic, 11-14 against Federer, 7-17 against Nadal
• 0-5 in Australian Open Final
• 29 years of age, 2016 might have been his peak year.

Novak Djokovic
JScore: 5
Pros
• Plays his best tennis in Australia, 6 titles
• Defending champion
• 24-11 over Murray, 23-22 over Federer, 26-23 over Nadal
• Will try to rebound from a poor last half of 2016
Cons
• One title in his last seven events of 2016
• Lack of motivation after accomplishing the career grand slam
• 29 years of age, might be past his prime

Rafael Nadal
JScore: 3
Pros
• Former Australian Open winner, 14 grand slam titles
• 17-7 over Murray, 15-3 over Wawrinka, 6-1 over Raonic
• Solid year in 2016
Cons
• Lost first round here last year
• Two straight years without reaching a grand slam final
• Ranks outside the top 8, may receive a tough draw
• Physical toll on body

Milos Raonic 
JScore: 2
Pros
• Reached career high ranking of 3rd
• Booming serve, held 91% of service games
• Best finish in Melbourne is SF (2016)
Cons
• 0-9 against Djokovic, 3-9 against Murray, 2-5 against Nishikori

Women

Serena Williams
JScore: 6
Pros
• Second-ranked player at the age of 35
• Reached final of three grand slam events in 2016, the other was SF
• 6-time Australian Open champion
• Dominant career record against all of the top players
• Unbeatable when playing at her best
Cons
• 35 years of age, injuries
• Lost to three different players in grand slam events last year
• Motivation is a question mark

Angelique Kerber
JScore: 4
Pros
• Top ranked player
• Defending champion
• 2-1 in grand slam final in 2016
Cons
• Lacks the fear factor, deemed as beatable
• Mediocre serve
• Failed to reach QF here in the 9 appearances prior to last year's victory

Agnieszka Radwanska
JScore: 2
Pros
• No. 3 ranked player
• Reached the semifinals here two of the last three years
• 6-6 against Kerber, 5-5 against Halep, 7-0 against Pliskova
• Excellent court coverage, lots of variety
Cons
• Weak serve, lack of power
• Has never reached the final of a grand slam event
• 0-10 against Serena Williams

Karolina Pliskova
JScore: 2
Pros
• 2016 U.S. Open runner-up, defeated Serena in semis
• Three titles last year including two premier events
• Powerful serve and heavy groundstrokes
Cons
• Lost in the first round here last year
• Poor record in the grand slams (aside from last year's US Open)
• 3-5 against Kerber, 0-7 against Radwanska

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