| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff



The 2010 Australian Open has all the ingredients to make the year’s first Grand Slam event a memorable one.
On the men’s side, the resurgent Roger Federer, a steadily improving Andy Murray, a one again fit Rafael Nadal, and a newly-crowned Grand Slam champion in Juan Martin del Potro will be mixed together in the draw and baked in the Melbourne heat with potentially explosive results.

Federer will enter the tournament as the favorite to add another Grand Slam title to his already record collection. However, 2010 may be the year that the likes of Murray and del Potro finally come of age and set establish a new order in the men's tennis scene. Nadal will also be a commanding presence, as he looks to defend his title and take back the number one ranking.

In the women's draw, Serena Williams will enter the tournament as a strong favorite, looking to erase her meltdown at the 2009 U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows. However, Serena will have stiff opposition from an array of players looking to start 2010 on the right foot. Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki will look to build upon their strong showings at the U.S. Open. Former champion Maria Sharapova, back in top form after missing most of the 2009 season due to injury, will make for a tough out. Also worth watching out for is Dinara Safina as she looks to end her Grand Slam drought, along with dangerous players such as Elena Dementieva and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Another big story of this Australian Open will be the triumphant return of Justine Henin, who will be playing her first Grand Slam since announcing her retirement back in 2006.

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