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I'm ready for Australian Open -Wawrinka

I'm ready for Australian Open -Wawrinka

The other two were won by Rafael Nadal, who's [6.4] second favourite to win what would be his second Australian Open in 2018.

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

Australian bad boy Bernard Tomic was fined a third of his £35,000 ($47,500) prize money for unsportsmanlike conduct at Wimbledon, after saying he felt "bored" and "couldn't care less" following a straight-sets defeat on day one.

But more so than the competition, it is the 36-year-old Federer's dominant play at this month's Hopman Cup, where he won all four of his singles matches and led Switzerland to the title, that gives him the edge.

"It feels great, obviously I was waiting for this moment for six months to play a match", the former World No.1 said after the win.

"Ideally I would have had another tournament before the start of the Open, but it was not meant to be".

Fellow young Aussie talent Destanee Aiava has been shunted into a daunting first-round Australian Open clash with world No. 1 Simona Halep.

"It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25".




For a man who has enjoyed such domination in the sport, holding the top spot in the rankings for over four years, it will feel a tad unusual entering this particular Grand Slam some way down the list of favourites.

Having not featured in a competitive match since he withdrew from the World Tour Finals in November with a knee injury, Nadal was clearly keen to shake off the rust before his first-round match against Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos.

The remaining 2017 majors were shared by three rising stars of the game, with Latvian teen Jelena Ostapenko storming to the French Open title, Garbine Muguruza winning Wimbledon and Sloane Stephens returning from injury to lift the U.S. Open crown.

"For me, the biggest thing was when I lost the first six finals of the year, I didn't let it really put me down", the 27-year-old said after her Singapore triumph.

The draw for the Open is announced Thursday, with the first round to begin Monday.

"Luckily for me, I'm here", Djokovic said after he beat Thiem on Wednesday. "I'm excited about it and I've got a few days to practice".

Federer's bid for a record 20th Grand Slam title will be aided by the absences of Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori, as well as lingering injuries to top players such as Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka.