Bookies bet on Federer to retain his Australian Open title

Novak Djokovic Stan Wawrinka train on the Rod Laver Arena

Novak Djokovic Stan Wawrinka train on the Rod Laver Arena

Djokovic managed to produce a 30-8 record last season, but he wasn't the consistent, dominant player he was in the past, and there was a lot of up and down play despite the victories.

Federer and Nadal starred in the clip to promote an exhibition match for the Roger Federer Foundation.

Aiava's appointment with Halep was among several leaked on social media before they were confirmed during the official draw broadcast. If I got to play the way I did yesterday against the number five in the world.

Where a slow start can easily victimize the match favorite in a three-set match, five-set matches tip the scale in favor of endurance and the ability to make tactical adjustments-characteristics considered to be the stuff of championship mettle.

The reigning Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza, seeded third, rounds out the top half of the draw. It never fails to serve up surprising storylines and 2018 promises to be no different.

"Even if it's not official, it was still a good test for me and a good practice so that was the most important thing". Djokovic, who some thought may not be in playing shape, looked fantastic against Thiem in the decisive win. That's similar to preparing for the worst case scenario in order to achieve something. He stayed injury free until the final stages of his brilliant 2017 campaign, winning a 10th French Open title and then claiming the US Open, before familiar knee problems returned putting an end to his season at the ATP Finals in London.

As for Federer, it is business as usual in his pursuit of a remarkable 20th grand slam. That's on the plan. No man has won more singles titles here than the Serbian so it would be a fitting venue for a return to the winners' circle when he opens up against American Donald Young. But for the leading favourites, there are plenty of records to chase after.

On Tuesday, Nadal lost to Richard Gasquet 6-4 7-5 at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne. Novak Djokovic. He has not always been fully appreciated - a goofy sense of humour and a range of antics including chest-thumping and roaring have at times detracted from the perception of his success.

Will the real Next Gen please stand up? Instead, I believe that Grigor Dimitrov will build upon his heart-breaking semi-final loss to Nadal last year in Melbourne, as well as his world Tour Finals victory to allow him to finally fulfil the nickname 'Baby Fed'. Some players can beat themselves, as they struggle to trust their own bodies.

When is the Australian Open? He won only two ATP titles last year, and when his troublesome elbow injury became too much, he took six months off to recuperate.

But he has been sidelined for close to six months after deciding to have surgery following Wimbledon in July.

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