12/21/12 3:59 PM | Ricky Dimon
The 2013 season is just more than one week away, and its first major tournament is a mere 24 days from getting started. Tennistalk's Ricky Dimon offers his Grand Slam predictions for the upcoming year.
Australian Open - Novak Djokovic. What's not to like about Djokovic's game right now? Last fall he won Beijing, Shanghai, and the World Tour Finals--interrupted only by a meaningless loss in Paris. Aside from Paris, the top-ranked Serb reached the final of his last six tournaments in 2012. As for his recent Australian Open history, all he has done is won it two straight times.
Runner-up (if on opposite side of the draw) - Andy Murray
French Open - Rafael Nadal. In the immediate future, Nadal simply has to think about playing tennis matches and staying healthy. Nothing more. The Spaniard isn't going to win in Melbourne and he almost certainly won't prevail in Indian Wells or Miami. But Nadal has said that he hopes to be 100 percent in time for the clay-court swing, and that is realistic. If he is, an eighth French Open title is on the way.
Runner-up (if on opposite side) - Juan Martin Del Potro
Wimbledon - Andy Murray. Murray has finally won a Grand Slam, now the question is: will it have a snowball effect? For example, Djokovic triumphed in the 2010 Davis Cup then basically won every title known to man in 2011. On the other hand, Del Potro captured the 2009 U.S. Open but hasn't won a major since (due in part to 2010 injury). Murray has been close at Wimbledon many times, and now he has the confidence to get over the hump. This is the Scot's time.
Runner-up (if on opposite side) - Roger Federer
U.S. Open - Roger Federer. I thought we would have four different Grand Slam champions in 2012, and I think we'll see it again in 2013. Federer is 31 years old, but he continues to manage his schedule in impeccable fashion. The second-ranked Swiss has plenty left in the tank; certainly enough for one more U.S. Open title. Federer will make sure he is well-rested during the American summer and will peak at the right time on Monday evening in New York.
Runner-up (if on opposite side) - Novak Djokovic
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