We are looking forward to the first Grand Slam of the year on the 2018 ATP Tour calendar: The Australian Open. The tournament takes place at the facility known as Melbourne Park. This tournament will be the first great test for tennis players starting at the beginning of the year. Although players like Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer are always put as the favorites, it is a necessity to talk about others that can leave their mark.
The finalists of the 2017 Los Cabos Open, Sam Querrey and Thanasi Kokkinakis have shown that they can match any tennis player on the circuit and are capable of beating them in order to get to the top of the rankings.
Kokkinakis, a 21-year-old Australian who is currently ranked 216 in the ATP rankings will try to have a good enough performance that will allow him to return to the Top 100.
The Australian Open is an excellent venue to see the best version of the so called “local tennis jewel.” Thanasi will be at home surrounded by his family and friends to show us that he is back to 100% after having some health problems that affected his performance for quite some time.
2017 was an excellent year for Thanasi as he was able to earn points that put him in a top spot of the ATP ranking. His 2018 season will be essential to continue improving and win some titles. Maybe he will be able to get his rematch in Los Cabos.
On the other hand, Sam Querrey, the American who lifted the trophy in Los Cabos in 2017, ended an excellent year to reach his best ranking yet at 13 in the world. In the final, Querrey beat Kokkinakis 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 which undoubtedly helped him rise to his highest career ranking thus far.
Before arriving in Australia, Sam played the Auckland Open in New Zealand where he was eliminated by Czech Jiri Vesely in the Round of 16. He will have a rhythm entering the first Grand Slam of the year and has a good possibility of entering the Top 10 of the rankings if he produces some good results.
For his part, Kokkinakis used the Hopman Cup as his preparation while representing Team Australia. While Australia did not reach the final, Thanasi certainly left Perth feeling good since he won two of his three individual matches. One against Alexander Zverev, where he showed that when he is in good health, he can be one of the younger players to look out for this year.
With that in mind, the 2017 ATC finalists will arrive in Australia with a great opportunity to gain momentum in their careers this season.
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