2018 Australian Open crystal ball predictions from The Roar

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    The Australian Open begins tomorrow, and some of us tennis fanatics here at The Roar have put our heads together and dreamt up some predictions for 2018.

    Have a read of our tips below and let us know what yours are in the comments!

    Connor Bennett
    Men’s singles champion: Roger Federer.
    Runner-up: Stan Wawrinka.
    Women’s singles champion: Elina Svitolina.
    Runner-up: Simona Halep.
    Last Aussie left standing: Ash Barty.
    Definitely will happen: At least three Aussies in the fourth Round.
    Definitely won’t happen: Djokovic racking up a record seventh Australian Open title.

    Josh Elliott
    Men’s singles champion: Roger Federer
    Runner-up: Grigor Dimitrov
    Women’s singles champion: Simona Halep.
    Runner-up: Elina Svitolina.
    Last Aussie left standing: Nick Kyrgios.
    Definitely will happen: I angrily state my intention not to watch any of the programs advertised during the TV coverage.
    Definitely won’t happen: I successfully avoid watching those programs.

    David Holden
    Men’s singles champion: Roger Federer.
    Runner-up: Rafael Nadal.
    Women’s singles champion: Angelique Kerber.
    Runner-up: Venus Williams.
    Last Aussie left standing: Nick Kyrgios.
    Definitely will happen: At some point, you will be able to fry an egg on court.
    Definitely won’t happen: Players will say in a press conference that they are looking more than one round ahead!

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    Tim Miller
    Men’s singles champion: Grigor Dimitrov.
    Runner-up: David Goffin.
    Women’s singles champion: Johanna Konta.
    Runner-up: Venus Williams.
    Last Aussie left standing: N/A- every Aussie to be out by the second round.
    Definitely will happen: A player will complain about Tennis Australia’s heat policy after losing in the early rounds.
    Definitely won’t happen: Novak Djokovic to get through the tournament without breaking down.

    Riley Pettigrew
    Men’s singles champion: Roger Federer (again).
    Runner-up: Rafael Nadal (again).
    Women’s singles champion: Elina Svitolina.
    Runner-up: Karolina Pliskova.
    Last Aussie left standing: Nick Kyrgios (SF Men’s), Ash Barty (QF Women’s).
    Definitely will happen: Bernard Tomic will throw a tantrum after failing to get past the first round (Ed: Riley wrote this on Friday. He was not wrong).
    Definitely won’t happen: Roger Federer will win the tournament pregnant.

    Scott Pryde
    Men’s singles champion: Roger Federer
    Runner-up: Grigor Dimitrov
    Women’s singles champion: Garbine Muguruza
    Runner-up: Venus Williams
    Last Aussie left standing: Nick Kyrgios, Ashleigh Barty and Daria Gavrilova. All making the fourth round before losing to Grigor Dimitrov, Simona Halep and Venus Williams respectively.
    Definitely will happen: A million and one advertisements for shows beginning ‘after the tennis’.
    Definitely won’t happen: Novak Djokovic doing anything amazing. He lost to Lleyton Hewitt on Wednesday folks… in an exhibition tie breaker, granted… but he lost to a retired player!

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      January 14th 2018 @ 8:55pm
      mastermind5991 said | January 14th 2018 @ 8:55pm | ! Report

      Men’s singles champion: Roger Federer.
      Runner-up: Rafael Nadal.
      Women’s singles champion: Elina Svitolina.
      Runner-up: Karolina Pliskova.
      Last Aussie left standing: Men: Nick Kyrgios (third round), Ashleigh Barty (fourth round).
      Definitely will happen: Novak Djokovic coming from the back of the field to reach at least the semi-finals.
      Definitely won’t happen: Roaming Brian, unfortunately.

    • January 14th 2018 @ 11:18pm
      Brian said | January 14th 2018 @ 11:18pm | ! Report

      I’m gonna tip Djokovic. He was injured last year but many seem to forget just how good he is in Melbourne. 6 time champion, more often then Federer who has 5.

    • January 14th 2018 @ 11:51pm
      BEPE said | January 14th 2018 @ 11:51pm | ! Report

      Men’s Singles Champion – Dominic Thiem

      Runner Up – Pablo Carreno Busta

      Women’s Singles Champion – Sloane Stephens

      Runner Up – Garbine Muguruza

      Last Aussie – Daria Gavrilova

      Definitely happen – All Aus men bundled out of Singles by end of Rd 2

      Definitely won’t happen –
      Venus Williams to win first Rd match in straight sets, Also Margaret Court to make appearance or offer interview

    • January 15th 2018 @ 11:36am
      Stormer said | January 15th 2018 @ 11:36am | ! Report

      I’m with the majority, I’m hoping for Roger to rack up a 20th major title. It’s interesting none of the “experts” have the djoker making the final. While I think Roger will prevail, one can never write off the djoker, especially if he gets some momentum during the first few rounds.

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