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Fun-loving Federer having a ball at 36

14 Enero 2018

Without defending champion Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there's certainly an opportunity for another player to go on a surprising run and emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion.

As is the case every year, Australian's are treated to world class tennis in the final two weeks of January at Melbourne's Olympic Park.

With the tournament beginning tomorrow, the Swiss is being widely regarded as the most likely to triumph in Melbourne.

"On Wednesday of the first week, Novak had lost and Andy had lost and there was still some doubt around Roger and Rafa and Serena's health and even Venus' (Williams) health".

"I feel that I had a good week-and-a-half of practices".

Meanwhile, Nadal, who is gunning for a 17th Major title but only his second Australian Open crown, was hampered by a knee injury at the tail-end of the 2017 season.

This is despite saying the lead-up to the opening major of the year had been "intense" with feverish interest from sponsors and media in one of the world's most marketable athletes. It was more of a 'let's see what happens' kind of tournament, maybe similar to what Novak or Stan (Wawrinka) or others are going through this year.

"It's like, let's just see what happens".

To have your name announced and then walk out in front of 10,000 or 15,000 fans, to have those same supporters cheer for you and clap when you do well ... it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

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

"Having no expectations was so nice after all these years always having expectations, like now this year again". However, Federer has shot down the high expectations and is taking a cautious approach.

Federer said: "I mean, for me it was a coincidence, you know".

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Federer is bidding to win successive Australian Opens for the first time since 2006-07.

Kyrgios has been scheduled to play on his preferred Hisense Arena where he takes on world No.100 Rogerio Dutra Silva. But they did. And then they did it again and again to carve up the grand slam season between them.

"I think attacking tennis also has a lot of wear and tear on the body", he said.

But sometimes, it's all too obvious, as SunSport proved. It's a new tournament, a new year.

During the four months since Rafael Nadal's closing, charging, vaguely awkward, utterly effective backhand volley went through the court untouched to end the U.S. Open, the 2018 Australian Open promised a Grand Slam pretty much unparalleled.

She led the WTA Tour in prize money last year ahead of Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep, who ended the year at No. 1.

"Whenever I get asked that question, it always comes across in an almost negative way instead of acknowledging how many great players we have", said the British number one. "Honestly, it's a good place to be".

"But hopefully I can improve that this year".

But she said she was not looking past her first-round opponent - Australian wildcard Destanee Aiava.

"If I have something to ask, I ask him".

"The depth in women's tennis, I really do believe in the last few years, has gotten so strong", she added.

Fun-loving Federer having a ball at 36