Australian Open 2016: Everything you need to know, including Andy Murray's chances

Who will win the tournament? What time will the matches be shown? Where can I watch it? 

Simon Rice
Thursday 14 January 2016 11:58
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Australian open 2016 preview

When is it?

The first Grand Slam of the year gets under way in Melbourne on Monday the 18th of January. The tournament lasts two weeks with the women's final on Saturday 30th and the men's final the following day.

Men: Who will win the tournament?

It's very hard to look beyond defending champion Novak Djokovic. The Serbian loves this tournament, winning it a total of five times - including in four of the last five years.

After winning three of the four Slams last year, his early season form looks ominous, with the world No 1 thrashing Rafael Nadal in the final of the Qatar Open in preparation for the tournament.

Who might challenge Djokovic?

If Djokovic doesn't triumph, it's likely the winner will come from one of the usual suspects. That includes Roger Federer, Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori. And of course Andy Murray.

If an Aussie wins it, who will it be?

The home hope will be the controversial Nick Kyrgios. The 20-year-old is almost as talented as he is unpredictable. Preparing for the tournament he helped Australia to victory in the Hopman Cup.

Can Andy Murray finally go all the way?

The British No 1 tends to perform well at the Australian Open, reaching a total of four finals, although he has never won it. He reached the final last year only to lose to Djokovic over four sets.

The Scot has said victory in Australia is one of his top priorities this season - along with defending his Olympic gold medal in Rio later in the year.

Women: Who are the favourites?

Defending champion Serena Williams is the strong favourite to retain her title. The American won three of the four Slams last year, completely dominating the women's field. Victoria Azarenka, Simona Halep and last year's defeated finalist Maria Sharapova are among those most likely to challenge.

Where can I watch it?

The tournament will be screened exclusively on Eurosport in the UK. The Independent will also have live text and social coverage of the most important games.

How early/late will I need to get up/stay up?

The finals tend to start at a palatable 8.30am GMT, however earlier rounds can begin as early as midnight and run through to lunchtime.

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