In an interview to Courier Mail, the former world no. 1 Jim Courier commented on the upcoming Australian Open. According to the American, Novak Djokovic is the favorite to win his 15th Grand Slam title in less than two weeks.
“He (Roger Federer) had a perfect build-up again, a wonderful Hopman Cup for him where he got through some good match-play,” said Courier. “So he is perfectly positioned again, which is great. Roger looks like he is in good form, but Novak is the man of the hour right now, he has won the last two majors and is certainly the man to beat from that end.
(Djokovic) is the favourite. His draw can be a little tricky, but he certainly is the favourite.” About the 37-year-old Federer’s longevity, Courier added: “He is pushing the boundaries for players age-wise playing at that level.
Roger has managed his schedule and his body and his life well and he loves playing and he is not burned out as well. I certainly think he will be trying to at least make it to the Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo.” About the women’s draw, Courier added: “Simona had a tough end of the year last year with some back problems, she’s not working with Darren Cahill any longer so she is coachless and doesn’t have a lot of match play behind her coming into this tournament.
She has a very tough draw. She is going to potentially get through both Williams sisters if she wants to even get into the second week of this tournament. Her draw has not been kind to her, but she is certainly capable of fighting the good fight.” ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title