With a brief respite now officially over, the players are set to embark on the year's first Grand Slam. The Australian Open is an arduous obstacle that has witnessed its share of under-the-radar players wending their way deep into the draw.
Andy Murray has unquestionably been the tour's most dominating player, and recent victories over each of the big three validate his ambition to win a major. But does the Scot have the mettle to win his first Slam Down Under?
Our experts put their prescience to the test with their 2009 Australian Open picks.