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We’ve seen the completion of the ATP Cup. We’ve also seen the completion of a couple of warm-up events in Australia, with Nadal and Monfils taking the glory. Therefore, I think it’s fair to say that we can estimate who is looking good going into the Aus Open 2022. Some players have clearly put in more work during the off-season than others. And armed with this knowledge, I’d like to quickly look at which players could be dangerous going into the first Grand Slam of the year.
Guys to Watch Out for Down Under
At the time of writing, the draw for this year’s event hasn’t been released. However, the guys I’m about to mention are confirmed to be playing in the main draw. Therefore, it’s a fairly safe bet that they will be competing, unless something changes in the meantime. So, who are these players and how well might they do at the event? Let’s find out.
Shapovalov was part of the winning Canadian team at the ATP Cup this year. Sure, he got off to a shaky start by losing to Dan Evans. However, he quickly turned his form around and dispatched some good players throughout the week. Mainly, he played a great match against Struff and he was very impressive against Carreno Busta in the finals.
Roberto Bautista Agut
RBA as many now like to call him was also looking good at the ATP Cup. He was almost flawless in singles play, getting four wins during the week. These guys included Garin, Ruud, Lajovic, and Hurkacz. He was hitting the ball great, and I believe he was unlucky in the finals against Auger-Aliassime.
Speaking of Auger-Aliassime, he had to make it onto this list. En-route to winning the ATP Cup with his team, Felix beat Norrie, Zverev, as well as RBA. Of course, Zverev is one of the top players in the world right now! He did lose to Medvedev pretty convincingly, but hey, that can happen to anyone!
I must confess, I am a big Monfils fan! He is one of the most gifted and entertaining players of our time. And while he has had his fair share of injuries, he is looking good heading into the Aus Open. Assuming he stays fit and healthy, I think he can be a real threat to all of the top guys. Since he has also kicked things off with a win in Adelaide, beating guys like Khachanov and Paul, it’s fair to say that he must be feeling confident.
Finally, I must point out Dan Evans. He was looking confident, fit, and dangerous at the ATP Cup for Great Britain. As it happens, he didn’t lose any singles matches at all during the event. It’s not like he was playing lower ranked guys either, for he beat Isner, Shapovalov, and Struff during the week. Depending on the draw, I believe he could do pretty well at this year’s event.