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Roger Federer and Serena Williams Tipped For Australian Open Glory
By Thurston Soros, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 3:45pm PST USA
Roger Federer and Serena Williams Tipped For Australian Open Glory MELBOURNE-- The eight time Wimbledon champion and 3rd seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland and the seven time Wimbledon champion and 16th seeded Serena Williams of the USA are my favorites to take titles in Melbourne at the Australian Open which begins Sunday at 4:00 pm PST USA.

Serena Williams, could face her sister Venus Williams, unseeded after missing parts of the WTA Tour last year due to injury but still a threat or the world number one and last yearís Melbourne finalist Simona Halep of Romania in the third round.

Serena Williams of the USA and Roger Federer of Switzerland
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Roger Federer and Serena Williams are our favorites to take titles in Melbourne at the Australian Open.

Williams could also play a rematch of the US Open final against the fourth seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan in the semifinals before meeting either the 15th seeded Australian Ash Barty or the second seeded Germany Angelique Kerber in the final round.

On the womenís side, early round matches to watch include Venus Williams versus Halep in the second round as well as 2018 Melbourne champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark versus the 30th seeded and former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova of Russia in round three.

In day one action of the menís side, the two time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray of Great Britain will face an extremely difficult round one opponent in the 22nd seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

Murray revealed earlier this week in Melbourne that following his 2018 hip surgery, some pain remains in his hip and he hopes to be fit enough to continue towards a career ending Wimbledon tournament this summer.

However Murrayís opening round Melbourne match could be the last match of his career.

Iím picking Federer to defeat the second seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain in the semifinals before stopping the top seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final.

Other early round menís matches to watch include the ninth seeded, six feet ten inches tall American John Isner versus his fellow supertall American Reilly Opelka.

The 21 year old Opelka at seven feet tall is the tallest player ever on the ATP Tour.

Djokovic also could face the talented Canadian and 25th seeded Denis Shapovalov in round three.

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