Favorite: Djokovic (62%)
Contenders: Nishikori (12%) & Tsonga (11%)
Dark Horses: Kohlschreiber (4%)
1st Round Upset Alert: Nishikori must have a headache seeing Kohlscreiber in the first round. Kohlschreiber was just 1 slot away from being a seeded player at this tournament and will give Nishikori his toughest opponent until the quarterfinals. Nishikori has had a history of losing in the first round at Grand Slams, most recently at the US Open a few months ago. One surprising fact is these 2 haven’t faced each other before.
Prediction: It is easy to say Djokovic and that is what we will do. However, there are a couple road blocks that could challenge him. The 4th round could have him facing Karlovic or Simon. Karlovic beat him in early 2015 while Simon had success in breaking Djokovic’s serve in their only meeting last year . The other potential road black is in the quarterfinals with either a potential opponent (Tsonga or Nishikori) who both beat Djokovic on hard courts in 2014.