I'm ready for Australian Open -Wawrinka

I'm ready for Australian Open -Wawrinka

"I increased my serve by several kilometres per hour and I think I did better overall with my second than first, and I can say I won some points almost for free as a result", Nadal said in an interview with Spanish daily AS in December. It's great to get the feeling once again of playing a match.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand against Dominic Thiem of Austria in the 2018 Kooyong Classic at Kooyong in Melbourne, Australia.

Roger Federer found himself in a slightly awkward position before the Australian Open draw.

Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Victoria Azarenka are all big-name players who won't be participating in the Australian Open this year.

It's too early in the season to tell. It throws the women's race wide open with Simona Halep the top seed. "I'm happy with that".

Federer got the better of his opponent on that occasion and the Swiss will be strongly fancied to retain his title this year as he chases yet another entry into the history books.

Djokovic is in the same quarter as the Zverev brothers — fourth-seeded Alexander could meet older brother and No. 32-seeded Mischa in the third round — 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, and No. 5 Dominic Thiem.

Federer, even at 36, is the rightful Australian Open favorite after appearing fresh and sharp in the Hopman Cup team event.

Can Kyrgios really win 11 matches in a row in a four-week period, picking up two titles along the way including a maiden Grand Slam?

Tomic must still win two matches if he's to feature in the main draw for the tenth-straight year.

French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko is seeded No. 7 and U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens is No. 13.

"But I've arrived in plenty of time". As a defending champion at Melbourne Park, the level of expectations will mean a different business. Now, he is out until most likely the grass court season later this year. Tennis has been almost universally condemnatory of Court's anti gay marriage stance while there have been calls for a boycott of the Margaret Court Arena. "So glad to be back and so nice to start in a country and a city where I have the greatest memories". "That Margaret has definitely homophobic views does not take away those accomplishments, no doubt about that". "So it's always very treacherous to speculate when they are finished or able to make a comeback or not. No, there's no chance".

Novak Djokovic has practised behind closed doors ahead of next week's Australian Open, adding to the intrigue surrounding his return from a lengthy injury layoff.

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