Andy Murray is seeded third in Melbourne
As it was at last year's Australian Open, Novak Djokovic is once again world No. 1 and defending champion, but there will be no repeat of last year's epic final owing to the absence of Rafael Nadal. Like last year, Andy Murray arrives in Melbourne off the back of victory in Brisbane, but for the first time he enters a major as a grand slam champion.
Murray, who was quoted this week as saying that tennis was was only 30 per cent physical, will know only too well the psychological benefits of having that elusive major under his belt. It will be key for Murray to stay focused and avoid an embarrassing early exit, but a likely quarter-final against Juan Martin Del Potro will certainly put him in the right frame of mind for possibly having to beat both Federer and Djokovic if he is to add to his major trophy haul.
No man, not even Roger Federer, has ever won back-to-back majors after winning his first slam. Can Murray be a record breaker? Back him with odds of 5/2 with bet365.
In the women's draw, Agnieszka Radwanska looks like one to keep your eye on. The Pole, who reached her first grand slam final at Wimbledon last year, is in a rich vein of form after winning back-to-back titles in Auckland and Sydney without dropping a set. She has a favourable draw and should make it to the semi-finals quite comfortably. With both Williams and Azarenka in the top half of the draw, Radwanska will fancy her chances of reaching the final. At 12/1, Radwanska could be worth an each-way bet.