In one sense, this is the calm after the storm. On the other hand, this is the beginning of what is by far the busiest month on tour—not in terms of quality, of course, but without question in quantity. There are a whopping 12 ATP tournaments in February, and it all begins on Monday.
A three-team panel previews and picks Sunday’s Australian Open final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. It is the third final at this event between Djokovic and Murray.
Dimitar Kutrovsky and Dennis Novikov beat Wayne Odesnik and Michael Shabaz 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 in the quarterfinals of the Maui Challenger on Wednesday. But the result was entirely irrelevant to the story.
Another five-setter it was. Another classic it was not. Novak Djokovic beat familiar foe Stan Wawrinka 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 on Thursday night in an Australian Open quarterfinal that lacked almost all of the quality that had been on display in their 2013 and 2014 Melbourne showdowns.