The 2015 Australian Open is live on ESPN for the first tennis major of the year and the coverage is on TV, online and on radio from the network on WatchESPN for the entire run as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Stan Wawrinka open things up in Melbourne.
Serena Williams comes in as the favorite on the women's side and she could matchup with Caroline Wozniacki down the line, while Rafael Nadal has a tough draw as well. Roger Federer comes in ranked second and he comes in behind Novak Djokovic and he has been playing well over the last few months and now will try and win another major. Nadal is coming off of a very tough year that saw him deal with numerous injuries and now he is trying to start things off with a solid performance in Melbourne.
Nadal won the French Open, but he missed a large chunk of time with wrist and appendix issues and his debut in 2015 was a loss in the first round in Qatar. Nadal said that he is not a favorite for this tournament, but he has shown that he can catch fire here and he will try and do that. Nadal has 14 titles to his name and his Roland Garros streak is alive and he is looking to keep that one going this year. Andy Murray is also a threat from the sixth spot and Nadal comes in after winning three other titles apart from his major in 2014.
Williams comes in after another strong season and she is top ranked and she opens with an easy first round match and is trying to win slam number 19. Williams comes in along with Victoria Azarenka and the other top ranked women looking to dominate in Melbourne. Azarenka returns after dealing with some injuries and she opens with a tough match, as she has Sloane Stephens to open things up and that means she's getting right into it.
Djokovic has dominated here and has the chance to get far once again, as he opens with a qualifier and may face off against Milos Raonic. Federer is looking to add another title and he could play Murray later in the quarterfinals and Stan Wawrinka is also in the mix at the tournament. Nadal is still coming back from his appendix surgery and he will play against former top 10-player Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and that could very tough after all he has dealt with.