For years, the first question on fans’ minds as they looked over a men’s draw was where the Big 3's odd man out would land. Was Novak in Roger's half, or Rafa's? The same thing is true again this year, but the answer isn't quite as crucial as it once was. That’s because the location of the No. 4 seed, Stan Wawrinka, has become just as intriguing. Wawrinka is, after all, the defending champion in Melbourne, and appears to have worked himself into a similarly ominous form coming into this year’s event.
All of which means there’s no place to hide in the Australian Open’s ATP draw. Djokovic, Federer, Wawrinka, and Andy Murray are healthy and seemingly at full strength; Nadal is injury free, though he will be rusty; Tomas Berdych has a new coach and new signs of life; Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori would surprise no one if they broke through for their first major title. Even Juan Martin del Potro has rejoined the party after a year on the sidelines.
That’s not a bad way to get 2015 started. Here's a look at how the season's first major tournament might play out.