19 Jan 2009

Another bolter expected at first tennis grand slam

4:13 pm on 19 January 2009

As the first tennis grand slam of the year, the Australian Open, begins at Melbourne Park, many are already asking who will be the new men's star to emerge.

Last year it was the unknown Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who went on to make the final after beating a number of top players, including the current world number one Rafael Nadal.

Likewise Fernando Gonzalez, Marcos Baghdatis, Rainer Schuettler and Thomas Johansson all had career breakthroughs in recent years at Melbourne Park.

With the so-called Big Four of Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray the clearcut favourites in 2009, punters will be scanning the draw for bolters capable of upsetting the form guide.

Many tennis experts believe young up and comers Juan Martin Del Potro, Marin Cilic and Ernests Gulbis will be the giant killers this year.