Now the famous player Novak Djokovic is gone at the Australian Open, it’s wide open.
Or maybe not.
In there section to reach the semis, there is No. 8 Dominic Theim, No. 11 Davis Goffin, No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 18 Richard Gasquet, and a few more.
But how about the unseeded Denis Istomin, who shocked Djokovic in five long and dramatic sets. Istomin has been on court for a very long time, but if you continue to battle, there are good things that occur.
“I would say, Are you crazy or what?” said Istomin. “Especially in five sets, for sure. For me, was impossible to think about that I can hold it five sets with Novak, physically and mentally.”
It is doubtful that Istomin will go far.
But not Dimitrov, who has played great ball over the last three weeks, by winning Brisbane. It is possible that he can continue to find the lines and reach the semis.
A few years back, he reached the final at 2014 Wimbledon. This time, his phenomenal backhand and spin might give him an opportunity to reach a final for the first time.
Theim is very young. When he keeps his composure, he could go deep, too.
The veteran Goffin is effective, but he has yet to reach a major semifinal.
Gasquet has reached Wimbledon twice in the semis, but is he confident enough to deal with the hard courts at the Aussie Open?
The good thing is this: in 2003, Roger Federer won his first major. Today, in 2017, he has won 17 Grand Slams. Rafa Nadal won his first Slam at Roland Garros in 2005. He owns 14 majors. Novak won his first title at the majors, in 2008 at the Aussie Open. He now has 12 Slams.
Andy Murray has won three majors. The “other” guy, Stan Wawrinka, has won three Slams, too. That is 50 Grand Slams winners for five guys over 13 years.
Is there anyone else who is ready to knock them off in nine days?
We will see. However the so-called new players are very good, but good enough to go all the way?