Things to take away from the 2012 Australian Open

Before we move forward and enter the month of February, which is a more “relaxed” month from a tennis trading perspective, let’s take a look at some of the things that took place during this year’s edition of the Australian Open and what we can take away.

  • Grand Slams are the best tennis tournaments for trading, and this past edition of the Australian Open has been another great example (the opportunities are always there and the liquidity is always high)
  • Djokovic won his 5th Grand Slam title and 3rd Australian Open, and similar to Nadal at the start of 2011, he will have the opportunity to become the first male tennis player in the open era to achieve a non-calendar year Grand Slam
  • Djokovic’s confidence and belief went to even higher levels, and I’m sure in the locker room he has a similar aura to what Federer had in his glory days
  • For the first time, Nadal has broken a negative record, by managing to lose in 3 consecutive Grand Slam finals
  • Another loss for Andy Murray in the semi-finals, but it needs to be said that he did put on better performance this time but this was both due to the fact that he had a relatively easy draw losing only one set till the semi-final and met a fatigued Djokovic
  • Federer’s task of getting another Grand Slam is getting more difficult with each passing Grand Slam
  • From all the French players on tour and in the top 100, Tsonga is still the only one that can take on the big four, but he needs to mature even further and be more professional about his tennis
  • Monfils continues to be a good prospect for trading
  • Berdych and Del Potro showed signs of better play and the rest of the season should be even better
  • Almagro played much better than expected, he did profit from winning over a fatigued/injured Wawrinka in the 3rd round, but he played well in the 4th round against Berdych. Overall his performance at the AO should boost his confidence even further for the South American clay court swing that takes place in February
  • Tomic and Dolgopolov are two players that we will see more of in the future
  • Azarenka won her first Grand Slam, and by doing so, manages to make a full transition from a top juniors player to a top wta tour player, and also claims the number one ranking
  • Wozniacki falls to the number 4 ranking, under Azarenka, Kvitova and Sharapova. This is a more fair representation of what is taking place on court
  • This was probably Clijsters’s last Australian Open, which is sad to hear, since her matches were very good for trading
  • Lisicki only made it to the 4th round, but if she continues to look for ways to improve her game and also matures as a player (most of the time she looks very rushed and anxious on court) I’m sure she will have consistently better performances at future Grand Slams
  • Unlike most early exist from Sam Stosur, in this year’s match she actually managed to play well, but her opponent was just better, and would have taken out any player in the draw in that day
  • Na Li lost in the 4th round but if she had made an easy cross-court backhand in that second set tie-break, she could have easily made quarters or better. The 4th round result along with the Sydney final look like good results, but I wouldn’t put much emphasis on them since her game is still a fine balance between genius and unforced errors, and I would look for some early exists in big tournaments from her this season

That’s about it. If there is anything I missed that was worth mentioning, let me know in the comments below.

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