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Australian Open

Maria Sharapova and Nick Kyrgios among the dark horses set to contest wide-open Australian Open

A look at the firm favourites and outside chances to lift the first slam of the year in Melbourne

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 January, 2018, 3:56pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 January, 2018, 3:56pm

The Australian Open starts in earnest with the main draw commencing on Monday morning and the question is who is going to finish the first grand slam of the year victorious?

Roger Federer is fancied to retain his title but will be pushed hard by world number one – and last year’s beaten finalist – Rafa Nadal.

Or is it time for one of the game’s rising stars to finally break the stranglehold of the Big Four?

Over in the women’s draw there will be a new name on the trophy after last year’s winner Serena Williams pulled out but with the top seeds largely inexperienced there’s a chance that former world number ones and previous Australian Open champions Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova may steal in.

Click on the interactive below for a look at the favourites and dark horses.

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