Nadal and federer 'are favourites'

Nadal and federer 'are favourites'

Nadal and federer 'are favourites'

The 36-year-old is coming off an extraordinary 2017, when he won a fifth Australian Open title and a record eighth at Wimbledon, and there could be yet more glory with a depleted field of top contenders in Melbourne.

Recently, Nadal made a rusty return from his injury-layoff as he slumped to a straight sets defeat to veteran Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the exhibition event at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne.

"It's their view and I've never needed the help of Tennis Australia to achieve what I've achieved in my career".

If there is to be a victor outside the top guns in Melbourne, those who look most likely are Bulgarian Dimitrov, third in the rankings behind Nadal and Federer, Germany's Zverev and tempestuous Australian Nick Kyrgios.

No one was able to get anywhere close a year ago, not just in terms of consistently winning the biggest tournaments but also when it comes to charisma.

Federer's four victories previous year over his old foe also means he has won five matches in a row against Nadal for the first time in his career.

"It would be ideal if I got another tournament under my belt before the Australian Open but my elbow wasn't ready but I'm going to take whatever I can".

As previously mentioned, Thiem's best result at the Australian Open came past year, making the second week for the first time in his fourth appearance at the tournament.

Only a few days before the first ball is struck, the Australian Open resembles a shredded carcass.

Bookmakers are tipping the world No. 2 and tournament's second seed to win the title at A$2.75 (S$2.88).

"I feel great, I was eager to get onto the court and play", the six-time Australian Open champion said.

The 12-time grand slam champion, whose ranking has fallen to No.12, pulled out of an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi at the end of the year and subsequently withdrew from the Qatar Open.

The 30-year-old said he was "very happy with how it went" after his first competitive game since Wimbledon. It was the first year since 2009 that Djokovic didn't reach at least one Grand Slam final.

The Swiss legend, who starts as favourite to win his 20th Grand Slam title, has been handed a tough draw as he could face either 22nd seed Milos Raonic or 13th seed Sam Querrey as early as in the fourth round. I take it the right way.

The 2008 champion and current world No. 47 kicks off her campaign against a player ranked one place higher, Germany's Tatjana Maria.

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