Nick Kyrgios ready to knuckle down as he bids for Australian Open

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

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Former world number one Moya will lead the Mallorcan's team, after spending last season with Rafael and Toni preparing for the latter's retirement, having helped Nadal roar back to life after a barren three-year spell without a grand slam trophy.

"I met Kim Clijsters and she told me that she lost four finals before winning a Grand Slam, so maybe I need more time, more experience", Halep told Forbes.

After claiming three titles in an encouraging 2016, last season had its moments, and he showed impressive form during the "Sunshine Swing" in North America, beating Novak Djokovic twice and pushing Roger Federer to the wall in a classic final at the Masters 1000 tournament in Miami.

Another oddity: 12-time major victor and six-time Australian Open victor Novak Djokovic is a double-digit seed (14).

One highlight of the draw is a possible third-round meeting of the Zverev brothers - Mischa and Alex. And just like the Swiss, he used the Melbourne run as a springboard for an historic year.

Williams, not prone to droughts herself, last played last January in winning the 2017 Australian Open, and gave birth to her daughter last September 1. The Sportsbook consider him to be a virtual shoo-in, at 4/9 to progress to the semi-finals by winning that quarter, and without a single warm-up event under his belt, it would be a courageous man to back that price, even with opening matches against Victor Estrella, and either Nicolas Jarry or Leonardo Mayer to ease him in to the competition.

Novak Djokovic
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Nadal played 78 matches previous year, which is 21 more than Federer.

If fit and firing, 2009 champion Nadal will be hard to beat but needs to bring something new to the court if he ends up facing Federer, who won all four of their matches past year. Both players went on to have an impressive year and will be looking to repeat their performance in 2018 where they will face competition from the other big hitters who missed the majority of last year through injury. Roger Federer of Switzerland smiles during a news conference before the Australian Open tennis tournament. He will open the defence of his title against Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene. No wonder the sensible money is on him winning grand slam title No.20. "I hope to be healthy and competitive, and most important thing, I hope to enjoy tennis one more year". The only player in his half who could outdo the Spaniard at his fittest his Kyrgios.

And the Australian crowd-puller has tempted the home public to believe in him once more.

World No.1to play Australian Open without warm-up tournament but he's feeling good about his game. These are Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev, and Dominic Thiem. But at the time of writing Wawrinka's participation itself isn't certain owing to injury.

"It's been great to see Alex do so well".

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