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Evergreen Federer is clear Australian Open favourite — Tennis

14 Enero 2018, 06:37 | Gerardo Tarin

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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.

"It was a huge surprise". "That's what matters. Hopefully I can get in some practice hours in the next few days and I'll be ready for the [Australian] Open". Germany's former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber, who continued her resurgence with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Italian Camila Giorgi later yesterday, stands in the way of Barty's second career title.

Nadal seems to have an easier path through to the finals with Cilic, Sock, Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios in his half of the draw.

"I had all these great five-setters and at the end the epic match against Rafa". If they are fully fit, Djokovic and Wawrinka only add further competition and excitement to a packed field.

Even one of the key ceremonial figures is expected to skip the tennis festivities: Margaret Court, long retired but still in the headlines, says she will go crab fishing instead this year as the debate continues about whether the Australian Open's third-biggest show court should continue to bear her name.

Tomic famously called out TA boss and Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley and then-TA head of performance Pat Rafter at Wimbledon three years ago for asking him to pay for balls and court hire in the lead-up to the Brisbane International.

The waiting is almost over for tennis fans.

Five women - Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and Jelena Ostapenko - have a shot at dethroning Halep and top the WTA rankings.

While the men's side is arguably easier to predict given the lack of serious contenders for grand slam titles, question marks hang over the usual suspects. "During the match the pain has been there".

Annacone believes that Federer proved the doubters wrong, after failing to win a major title for four years from 2013 before taking two in 2017: the Australian Open and Wimbledon, where he became the oldest winner in the modern era at 35. She has also failed to progress beyond the first round in the last two editions.

The signs were less than positive when he suffered more pain in the elbow and withdrew from his scheduled opening tournament of 2018 in Abu Dhabi. "If I am not feeling good, probably I wouldn't be here so that's good news", the 16-time grand slam champion told Channel 7. Some players can beat themselves, as they struggle to trust their own bodies.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion said potential five-set matches in Melbourne hold some fitness concerns for him.

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But he insists it is premature to contemplate a repeat clash with the Spaniard.

Federer, who is present at Thursday's draw, will open his title defence against Slovenian world No 51 Aljaz Bedene.

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