The Straits Times
Published on Jan 13, 2013

Djokovic bids to win historic Australian Open hat-trick against Murray, Federer


MELBOURNE (AFP) - Novak Djokovic bids for an unprecedented third straight Australian Open title on Monday, with growing rival Andy Murray and the great Roger Federer shaping as his biggest challenges.

Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro is the only man besides Djokovic, Rafal Nadal, Federer and Murray to win a Grand Slam tournament since 2005, but the Serb said there were plenty of others who could threaten their dominance.

"It's probably expected that the three of us, and Nadal of course, would still be main candidates to win all the major titles," Djokovic said. "But, you know, I wouldn't underestimate Del Potro, (Jo-Wilfried) Tsonga, (David) Ferrer, (Tomas) Berdych, anybody who is in the top 10.

"I'm sure there's new young players coming up like (Bernard) Tomic, (Grigor) Dimitrov, (Milos) Raonic. "I don't think it's nice for me to predict that us three will be champions of all Grand Slams this year." However, the odds favour Dkokovic who is targeting a third straight Australian title, a feat which has not been achieved in the professional era.