Australian Open: Novak Djokovic hoping injury will 'behave' on return

Ashleigh Barty headlines the Aussie assault on day two in Melbourne

Ashleigh Barty headlines the Aussie assault on day two in Melbourne

Throughout the tournament, I don't know how it's going to behave.

"Whenever I get asked that question, it always comes across in an nearly negative way instead of acknowledging how many great players we have", said the British number one.

On the court, he used the time to work closely with coaches Agassi and Radek Stepanek to refine his service motion to improve the technique and "release the load from the elbow, obviously something that I have to do because I have the injury". "But right now it's at the level where I can compete, and every day is getting better", he said. I kind of want to keep it even-keeled throughout the whole year rather than being such a rollercoaster ride. "I have no injuries and am feeling great". The six-time Australian Open victor enlisted the help of tennis great Andre Agassi and power hitter Andy Roddick, to find a way to help release the "load from the elbow".

The first Grand Slam of the year serves off in Melbourne on January 15 and the most profound questions that will be answered should be whether the young guns could overhaul the "dinosaurs" in both the men and women's draws.

The bookies have Federer as the solid favourite to retain his Australian title with Nadal just behind him. "I know that if I get myself to desired level of performance - mental and physical - that I can actually have a good chance to go far in the tournament".

"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.

Kyrgios will carry the burden of expectation, but says he has a more mature outlook to help deal with that - calling the Open "just another tournament".

"I'd like to do well".

"I'd love to do well here but, for me, it's just another tournament".

"Everyone started the year hungry". But two weeks is a long time in tennis and there's certainly enough players out there who are potentially playing themselves into decent nick that can give him a run for his money. I don't want to look ahead at all.

"Is the first time I am here without playing official match - is new situation for me", Nadal said.

On the eve of the 2018 edition of the Melbourne Park grand slam, Federer has opened up about the aftermath of the classic final.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, ranked 15th, is the first seed he can meet, with world No.3 Grigor Dimitrov a projected fourth-round opponent. He battled a knee problem in Brisbane but insisted he is in good shape.

Djokovic, a surprise second-round loser in Australia past year, is hoping he can get fit enough to change that in 2018.

"For me, it's because of me getting older". That's nothing to worry about too much. The conditions are going to suit his game and I also think he's got a very realistic shot of challenging for this title. So it's been good.

"There were definitely a lot of wins this year", she said at season's end in Singapore, "and definitely a lot of wins that were satisfying".

Kyrgios will open against world No.100 Rogerio Dutra Silva on Hisense Arena, his favourite court at Melbourne Park.

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