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2021 Australian Open staff picks

Tennis Accent Staff

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Welcome to the first major tournament of 2021. The Australian Open will be played exclusively in February as a schedule adjustment to the pandemic. It’s not quite a fully normal major, but it feels more like a major than the previous two major tournaments. Players had an actual offseason and knew they would be coming to Australia for the first significant tournament of 2021. How firmly we judge (criticize) players is something each of us has to wrestle with, so the normal staff-picks categories preceding a major aren’t exactly what they were in a pre-pandemic universe. Nevertheless, we want to get our in-house analysts on record with pre-tournament predictions:

BEST ROUND-OF-16 MATCHES

Mert Ertunga: Rybakina-Halep (women), Rublev-Bautista-Agut (men)

Briana Foust: Muguruza-Osaka (women), Rublev-Bautista-Agut (men)

Anand Mamidipudi: Halep-Swiatek

Jane Voigt: Halep-Swiatek (women), Rublev-Bautista-Agut (men)

Nick Nemeroff: Andreescu-Kvitova (women), Djokovic-Wawrinka (men)

Matt Zemek: Halep-Swiatek (women), Rublev-Bautista-Agut (men)

BEST QUARTERFINAL MATCHES

Mert Ertunga: Barty-Muchova (women), Nadal-Tsitsipas (men)

Briana Foust: Every women’s QF is great; Djokovic-Zverev (men)

Anand Mamidipudi: Azarenka-Kenin (women), Thiem-Sinner (men)

Jane Voigt: Brady-Azarenka (women), Thiem-Schwartzman (men)

Nick Nemeroff: Osaka-Andreescu (women), Medvedev-Rublev (men)

Matt Zemek: Osaka-Kvitova (women), Nadal-Tsitsipas (men)

SEMIFINALISTS

Mert Ertunga: Osaka-Serena and Brady-Muchova (women); Djokovic-Dimitrov and Nadal-Bautista-Agut (men)

Briana Foust: Serena-Muguruza, Barty-Azarenka (women); Djokovic-Thiem, Nadal-Medvedev (men)

Anand Mamidipudi: Osaka-Halep, Azarenka-Kontaveit (women); Djokovic-Sinner, Medvedev-Tsitsipas (men)

Jane Voigt: Brady-Barty and Osaka-Andreescu (women), Thiem-Djokovic and Nadal-Medvedev (men)

Nick Nemeroff: Halep-Osaka and Barty-Azarenka (women); Djokovic-Thiem and Nadal-Medvedev (men)

Matt Zemek: Barty-Azarenka and Osaka-Serena (women); Djokovic-Thiem and Nadal-Medvedev (men)

FINALS

Mert Ertunga: Osaka-Muchova and Djokovic-Nadal

Briana Foust: Serena-Azarenka and Djokovic-Medvedev

Anand Mamidipudi: Osaka-Azarenka and Djokovic-Medvedev

Jane Voigt: Osaka-Brady and Thiem-Medvedev

Nick Nemeroff: Osaka-Azarenka and Djokovic-Medvedev

Matt Zemek: Osaka-Azarenka and Djokovic-Medvedev

CHAMPIONS

Mert Ertunga: Osaka and Nadal

Briana Foust: Serena and Djokovic

Anand Mamidipudi: Azarenka and Djokovic

Jane Voigt: Osaka and Thiem

Nick Nemeroff: Azarenka and Medvedev

Matt Zemek: Osaka and Djokovic

BOLD TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS

Mert Ertunga: Muchova makes the women’s final, Krajinovic beats Medvedev

Briana Foust: Jennifer Brady makes the second week

Anand Mamidipudi: Shapovalov-Sinner winner makes the men’s semifinals

Nick Nemeroff: Gauff over Svitolina in Round 2, a men’s qualifier makes the second week

Matt Zemek: Sabalenka doesn’t make the second week

The Tennis With An Accent staff produces roundtable articles and other articles with group input during the tennis season. Staff articles belong to the TWAA family of writers and contributors, as opposed to any individual commentator. Our staff produces roundtables every week of the tennis season, so that you will always know what the TWAA staff thinks about the important tennis topics of the times.

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