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FOXSports.com's Matt Cronin previews the Australian Open. Hear his favorites to win and much more.
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I'm Bryan -- -- -- for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year the Australian Open for preview we're joined by foxsports.com. Tennis writer Matt crowded that. The Australian Open has produced many surprises over the years why is this such an unpredictable -- I think that because a lot of the top players. I've yet to get their feet wet and what you see is some of the younger players going into the offseason. Working real hard -- not quite there yet. Distorted beyond their votes they get to know or maybe -- had a week or two tournament plane and they. Going to waste -- I also think that he complains about it was from the veteran players too which is loyalties and knock out. But especially on the guys I don't mean almost a year after he got -- Baghdad as her song. Or Djokovic nor Verdasco last year just a slew of guys wouldn't calm -- kinda surprised but then by the end of the year you'll find them wearing down. In a -- draw popular doll the defending champion but you think well that's something to prove down under. Well I think it's receivers we've struggled that they need an abdominal injury that he hasn't won a tournament since may. It looked very very awful on the all I thought god didn't win the -- that the ATP championships however. -- first turning the -- all -- -- sister reached the final score some. -- I think he's gonna have to play a whole lot more aggressive this year and try to keep away from those marathon matches like you played against. For -- -- better this year proceeded to keep into the tournament get into the second week I think -- put up a pretty stringent title defense. That is it fair to eight at 45 bad could be real contenders to win it all this year. Oh sure I mean you can even you know you go six or seven in back to get. But -- the first time in my memory and having covering it a long time you go down the list of the top ten and you could almost lengthen guys as contenders one through ten and a it's pretty neutral by -- century ago. Federer Nadal Djokovic Murray Roddick Davydenko maybe -- a song got a Cilic yeah I think it's gonna. The -- extremely wide open and very exciting there is no dominant player coming into this year's Australian Open. In the women's draw Serena Williams the defending champion but do you think Kim Clijsters as. A good chance to win another slam. I really do mean I think this is -- year or Kim can actually come out and prove yourself to be a dominant player to -- Six weeks after the comeback last year to going glad that US open title. She's faster arguably she's stronger. More secure and our shots I think that forehands and bigger weapon and he used to -- -- she's matured a lot. -- in -- in my opinion she's the favorite going into this tournament. Finally just eat -- those back is the Belgian a real threat as an unseeded player in Melbourne. Yeah outside no question about it seven time Grand Slam champion. Wonder in 2004. Are for a while a dominant number one at intentional person if you ever want and need. She's got a variety in the world's first turn in the numbers and she takes Clijsters 76 in the third set just barely loses -- breaker. I think physically we have to see how she's gonna hold up over the two week. But boy if she gets deep and she gets content and she fears I think she has an excellent shot to win the crown. Matt thanks much for the judgment or foxsports.com. Magic -- patrol your tennis needs I'm Bryan Webber will you know.