Gilbert: Amazing Federer is clear Australian Open favourite

Isner chopped down by Ebden in American wipeout

Isner chopped down by Ebden in American wipeout

"I haven't been spending too much time around the courts". She reached the at least the last eight in both of her Australian Open appearances to date, but slumped out of the Sydney International in the first round and faces a tricky opener against competitive American Madison Brengle.

While Melbourne Park maestro Djokovic will bid for a record seventh Australian Open title, those fans hoping for a shake-up of the establishment may look to 20-year-old Alexander Zverev after his stellar 2017.

"It was more of a "Let's see what happens" kind of tournament, maybe similar to what Novak (Djokovic) or Stan (Wawrinka) or others are going through this year".

The former world number one also noted that you need to give yourself a chance even if the draw is hard and also said that the last year's Australian Open was his the "tournament of the year" for him.

Petchey, though, believes Nadal can play himself into form, giving him a good chance of winning just his second Australian Open title. The 30-year-old struggled through a forgettable 2017, but he's a six-time victor at Australia. "But at the end of the day I just need to know it's a long year".

In a position to become the 10th player to win back-to-back titles at the US and Australian Opens, Stephens will play 35th-ranked Zhang Shuai of China in the first round.

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But a few months ago they moved into a home in the town of Seminole, Okla. where they couldn't keep her anymore. Acker said the Prague owners eventually gave her up because they couldn't control her wanderings.

With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic among the walking wounded and Serena Williams already deciding not to defend her title, injuries and absentees have been the focus of attention ahead of the Australian Open. "A year ago was an awesome final and it's great to be back", he said.

"It just seems that it's nice that it's never actually gone away, the fun aspect of actually enjoying the travel, coming back to Australia", Federer said ahead of his first round clash on Tuesday against Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene.

The Swiss, rated as the favourite to win his 20th Grand Slam title even at the venerable age of 36, is still in love with the game that has made him a recognisable global celebrity and fabulously rich.

With the 36-year-old Williams not ready yet to return, the tournament could be there for the taking by a host of players yet to win a Grand Slam led by top seed Halep, Wozniacki and fourth-ranked Elina Svitolina.

Dimitrov said he's a better player than he was when he lost the semifinal here previous year to Nadal, and Zverev is aiming to go deep into the second week for the first time at a major.

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.

David Warner joins ailing cricketers' list on Australia-England ODI series
First, Finch picked out deep midwicket trying to break the manacles Moeen Ali had imposed with his off-spin from the members' end. Bayliss's announcement caught some off guard but Morgan responded in typically bolshy fashion when asked if he was one of them.

• Venus Williams is a threat at 37 after finishing runnerup to her sister previous year.

At 37, Venus Williams among the top contenders at Melbourne Park.

He went on to add an eighth Wimbledon title later in the year and returned to second in the rankings, behind only Spaniard Nadal. I guess right now that's what I'm doing.

"I want to keep it even-keeled throughout the whole year rather than being such a rollercoaster ride". I have a lot of friends that travel the world with me.

"It's been constantly playing, practice how hopefully I can play during the Australian Open".

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