Djokovic is favourite to win Australian Open: HenmanNew Delhi: Four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman of Great Britain feels Novak Djokovic has the favourite to win the Australian Open while Roger Federer's best chance to add to his kitty of 17 Grand Slams
New Delhi: Four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman of Great Britain feels Novak Djokovic has the favourite to win the Australian Open while Roger Federer's best chance to add to his kitty of 17 Grand Slams is at the Wimbledon, this year.
"Novak is my favourite right now. He has had a fantastic year finishing world No 1. His record on hard courts is very very good. I see a big group of players behind him, who will fancy their chances as well. If I had to pick one player it would be Novak Djokovic," Henman, who's here as the HSBC Road to Wimbledon ambassador, told reporters at the Calcutta South Club.
The former World No 4 however said he would look forward to seeing Federer, defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka, among others, when the Australian Open gets underway tomorrow.
"Federer has already won a tournament this year. He's looking very fit and healthy and plays so aggressively. Andy Murray's record in Australia is fantastic. He's been in three Australian Open finals.
"Stanislas Wawrinka is the defending champion, he played so well last year. I would like to see whether the likes of Kei Nishikori or (Milos) Raonic can break in. It's going to be very interesting to see what actually happens in the next three weeks in Melbourne."
Terming Swiss legend Roger Federer as his favourite sports person, the 40-year-old said:"I don't know if he's playing his best tennis at the moment. But he's No 2 in the world and he was in the Wimbledon final last year."
"I think he can win one more and if he wins one it is going to be Wimbledon. Grass is still the best surface for him. He's the most aggressive player out on the tour. He'll have a great chance this year."
"His (Federer) grass court record is second to none. His game is so attacking that fits perfectly to grass. Grass is the most difficult surface to defend on and the other players rely on their defensive skills than he does. If he's fit and healthy, I think he will have a great chance this year.