The Australian Open 2020 will begin in about a week, having had to collect the withdrawals of Bianca Andreescu, Juan Martin del Potro and Richard Gasquet in the last hours. In the men's tournament, the big favorite will be Novak Djokovic, who will try to defend last year's title and win for the eighth time in Melbourne Park.
Rafael Nadal also looked in great shape at the ATP Cup. In case of victory, the Spaniard would equal his eternal rival Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles. Federer has decided not to play any tournament before the Australian Open, where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round last year.
The former World No.1 played many exhibitions in South America and China between November and December. During a recent interview with José Morgado, the three-time Australian Open champion and former No.1 Mats Wilander confessed that he only sees five men with options to win the title in Melbourne: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Meanwhile, tournament's director Craig Tiley said: "There will be meteorological and air quality experts onsite to analyse all available live data and assess in real time the air quality at Melbourne Park. While the conditions we are currently facing are unusual they are nothing compared to the suffering so many across Australia are experiencing at the moment." During the ATP Cup, Nick Kyrgios got the ball rolling with a promise to donate $200 for every ace he serves in January.