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2018 Australian Open - TV Schedule & Predictions

This page has TV schedule and predictions for the 2018 Australian Open tennis championships. This is the first grand slam event of the tennis season. The 2018 Australian Open is scheduled for January 15-28.

U.S. TV Schedule
*Subject to change, error

Jan. 14 - First Round - ESPN2 (7 PM ET)
Jan. 15 - First Round - ESPN2 (9 PM ET)
Jan. 16 - Second Round - ESPN2 (9 PM ET)
Jan. 17 - Second Round - ESPN2 (9 PM ET)
Jan. 18 - Third Round - ESPN2 (11 PM ET)
Jan. 19 - Third round - ESPN2 (9 PM ET)
Jan. 20 - Round of 16 - ESPN2 (9 PM ET)
Jan. 21 - Round of 16 - ESPN2 (9 PM ET)
Jan. 22 - Quarterfinals - ESPN2 (9 PM ET)
Jan. 23 - Quarterfinals - ESPN2 (3 AM ET)
Jan. 23 - Quarterfinals - ESPN2 (9 PM ET)
Jan. 24 - Quarterfinals - ESPN2 (3 AM ET)
Jan. 24 - Women's Semifinals - ESPN2 (10 PM ET)
Jan. 25 - Men's Semifinal #1 - ESPN (3:30 AM ET)
Jan. 26 - Men's Semifinal #2 - ESPN (3:30 AM ET)
Jan. 27 - Women's Final - ESPN (3:30 AM ET)
Jan. 28 - Men's Final - ESPN (3:30 AM ET)

Live streaming on ESPN3/WatchESPN.com

Trends / Predictions

Men

✪ Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka have combined to win the last 12 Australian Open titles. What these great players share in common is the fact they are multiple grand-slam titlists. Given this history, it is unlikely that a player who has not won a grand slam or who are not expected to win multiple slams in his career would win this title. We can start to eliminate a whole slew of players from the contenders' list.

Past slam winners: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, Juan Martín del Potro
Players who could win 2 slams in career: Grigor Dimitrov (26) | Alexander Zverev Jr (20)

✪ Although the event is played in Australia, European players have dominated this tournament. In fact, the last ten championship matches were between two European players. Given that 9 of the top 10 players in the ATP rankings are European, we expect the dominant trend to continue in Melbourne.

Top 5 European players: 1. Rafael Nadal | 2. Roger Federer | 3. Grigor Dimitrov | 4. Alexander Zverev | 5. Dominic Thiem
In-form players: Dimitrov, Federer, Zverev, Cilic, David Goffin

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Staff's Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov wins his maiden grand slam at 2018 Australian Open

Women

✪ Only twice since 1988 has the women's title won by a player who did not achieve a no. 1 ranking in her career. The exceptions are Mary Pierce and Li Na, both of whom were great players in their own right.

Past top-ranked players (in field): Simona Halep, Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber, Carolina Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova
Potential top-ranked players: Sloane Stephens, Jelena Ostapenko, Johanna Konta

✪ Although players of all playing styles and nationalities have won at Melbourne Park, players with good stamina or fitness tend to perform slightly better here. Also, having big groundstrokes on both wings is important.

Players with best stamina/fitness: Simon Halep, Maria Sharapova, Carolina Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska
Top groundstrokes: Sharapova, Karolina Pliskova, Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza

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Staff's Prediction: Maria Sharapova wins 2018 Australian Open

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