Australian Open 2016: 10 Vital Statistics

10. Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic is seeking his sixth Australian Open singles title in nine years, having won his maiden Grand Slam here in Melbourne back in 2008. Djokovic is 4.60 to win the tournament without losing a set.

9. Djokovic won three Grand Slams last year and reached the final of the French Open, where he was defeated 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 by Stanislas Wawrinka. Unibet are offering a 30% price boost to 2.20 on Djokovic to win the title in Melbourne.

8. Andy Murray has lost four Australian Open men’s singles finals — a record the open era. He went down 7-6 6-7 6-3 6-0 to Djokovic last year but is 6.50 to win this year.

7. Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open women’s singles title last year before adding the French Open and Wimbledon crowns. She is yet to play a competitive match this season but is 3.75 favourite to win the tournament.

6. Lleyton Hewitt will retire at the end of the Australian Open after an 18-year professional career. He won two Grand Slams (US Open 2001, Wimbledon 2002) but only once made it past the fourth round in Melbourne (final in 2005). The Australian is 13.00 to reach the fourth round.

5. World No2 Simona Halep has reached the Australian Open quarter-finals in each of her last two visits to Melbourne, while her career-best Grand Slam result remains a final defeat at the 2014 French Open. Halep is 10.00 to win the tournament this year.

4. Former world No1 Viktoria Azarenka is seeded 14th heading into this tournament, despite having won the title in 2012 and 2013. She plays Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck in the first round and is 5.00 second favourite to win her third Grand Slam title.

3. Roger Federer has not won this title since 2010 and last earned a Grand Slam victory at Wimbledon in 2012. The Swiss reached two Grand Slam finals last year, losing to Djokovic both times, and also lost the ATP World Tour Finals in London to the Serb back in November. He is 5.50 to make the final.

2. Only three on Rafael Nadal’s 14 Grand Slam titles and just 16 of his 99 career titles have come on the hard surface. He last won a hard-court tournament in Doha in 2014 and is 15.00 to win this time.

1. Andy Murray’s fourth-round exit at the US Open last year ended a run of 18 successive quarter-final appearances in Grand Slams. Murray, who helped Great Britain win the Davis Cup in 2015, is 7.00 to be eliminated in the fourth round again.