Quick Hits: Nole, Stan, Milos, and Vika Shine

  1. Novak Djokovic cemented his status as a heavy favorite entering the 2016 Australian Open.  He has tons of confidence and momentum heading into his best major.  What is not to like?
  2. Stan Wawrinka is my early #2 pick for the Aussie title.  He and Novak have played five set matches each of the past 3 Australian Opens with Nole leading 2-1.  Stan won a tune-up and seems ready to me.
  3. Milos Raonic delivered a message about 2015 being in his past with a straight sets win over Roger Federer.  More impressive is that neither set even reached a tiebreak.
  4. Victoria Azarenka is likely back in the mix as a top threat for major titles.  She recorded an impressive win over Angelique Kerber and enters the Australian Open with the women’s draw in need of a MASH unit.
  5. Garbine Muguruza said a lot of the women’s tour players hate each other.  My gut tells me she is not naive in her assertion.
  6. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer seem to be in good spirits coming off of runner-up finishes.  Neither is likely as happy as Borna Coric after reaching his first ever final.

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