Pat Cash has tipped Novak Djokovic to win a fifth Australian Open title in Melbourne this year.
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash believes it would be foolish to look past Novak Djokovic as favourite for the Australian Open, with the competition set to get under way in Melbourne on Monday.
The world number one could only make the quarter-finals of the slam last year - losing out to eventual winner Stanislas Wawrinka - but ended the year with Wimbledon and ATP World Tour Finals titles.
The Serb will play a qualifier in the first round of the tournament and Cash feels Djokovic is in prime condition to win the title for a fifth time.
"I would say that [Novak] Djokovic is the favourite for the Australian Open. I think most people would say that as well," Cash told Perform.
"He had such a good record last year, didn't win it, but still performed well. Getting through and winning Wimbledon last year was a big thing for him.
"Any player in hot and windy conditions in Melbourne on their day can upset the number one player in the world - we saw that in New York when [Kei] Nishikori upset him on a hot day.
"That can happen, that's Melbourne for you, and vice versa it can get cold at night so there are extreme changes and you have got to be versatile to win in Melbourne.
"Novak has shown that he can do that and I would have him as favourite again this year."
Andy Murray is among the top seeds despite recent shoulder fears while Rafael Nadal is set to contest his first slam since Wimbledon - having missed the US Open and the ATP finals with injuries.
Cash feels that the 'big three' of Djokovic, Roger Federer and Nadal will remain among the big hitters in 2015.
"We talked about the big four when [Andy] Murray was winning grand slams and the Olympics," the Australian added.
"He recovered last year from back surgery but he hasn't quite regained that sort of form. And then Wawrinka came in and [Marin] Cilic came in and Nishikori - players like that.
"There are some more players nipping at their heels as well, [Grigor] Dimitrov and a couple of other young players that are coming up.
"We know we have got the 'big three' who have been there for many years. They can't keep going forever but I think 2015 will still see Nadal, Djokovic and Federer taking the majority of prizes."