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Novak Djokovic looks forward to try out new serves at Australian Open

Novak Djokovic looks forward to try out new serves at Australian Open

Federer could face Djokovic at some point with both in the bottom half of the draw, but Djokovic only returned to exhibition action in Kooyong this week and he's had to change his service motion a little as a result of the injury problems he's had with his elbow in the past year.

"Is the first time I am here without playing official match - is new situation for me", Nadal said. Alexander Zverev, Germany; 5.

Perhaps the dark horse for the tournament is another man lurking in Federer's side of the draw, Argentine giant Juan Martin del Potro.

"Obviously that match in the fourth round against (Andreas) Seppi (in 2015) when I made it to the quarter-finals, ever since then, I've kind of tried to make that memory happen again". If Federer is off his game just a little, Del Potro could pounce. He only took the flight south on a whim to see how his left knee would hold up in practice with the top men following surgery to fix severe cartilage damage in August.

"It was a great preparation previous year".

"I'll play on whatever court I'm scheduled on", Stosur said.

"I am looking to have a good practice this afternoon, good practice tomorrow, and be ready for Monday".




Brad Gilbert sees Roger Federer as a clear favourite to win the Australian Open and said he can only "marvel at the greatness" of the 19-time grand slam champion.

"I mean, he's (Federer's) a great example of someone that manages to take care of himself, knows how to prepare well and peak at the right time".

That left a raft of highly ranked players who will rummage around for first Grand Slam titles. Simona Halep Romania; 2. The women's field is wide open with defending champion Serena Williams pulling out, as she recovers from complications from her pregnancy. Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in the women's singles final, surpassing Steffi Graf to become the player with the most major wins in the women's game in the Open Era.

Sections of the Melbourne Park crowd jeered him as he suffered a meltdown to lose to Andreas Seppi in five sets in the second round a year ago. The Sportsbook consider him to be a virtual shoo-in, at 4/9 to progress to the semi-finals by winning that quarter, and without a single warm-up event under his belt, it would be a courageous man to back that price, even with opening matches against Victor Estrella, and either Nicolas Jarry or Leonardo Mayer to ease him in to the competition.

And so if the 2017 Australian Open was one for the ages - the revival of the Federer-Nadal rivalry and another Williams sisters final - the 2018 edition is shaping up as a survival of the fittest.

As the two tennis stars limbered up in front of a packed arena, Marvel heroes Spider-Man and Thor had the chance to show off their skills with the racket during the family-friendly event.


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