Can Federer do it again — Australian Open preview

Australian Open 2018 draw live stream

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Roger Federer returns to defend his title while Serena Williams will be in Florida with her baby girl. "Men get injured and that's the reason half the top 10 is injured".

Australian Open men's singles trophy - the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup - and the women's singles trophy - the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup - on display ahead of the 2018 draw. While Nadal has contended at almost every Australian Open he's entered, he's won just once in four finals. "I had a heavy year in 2017 and I started my preparation later than usual".

Rafael Nadal is scheduled to play Tuesday at Kooyong, which regularly hosted the Australian Open on grass before the tournament moved to hard courts at Melbourne Park.

The transformation of the Australian Open from a moribund event played on grass in the confines of a fusty old tennis club (Kooyong) into the model major happened in one great leap in 1987. It's a spirit perhaps inspired by art of the surrealist artist René Magritte, to whom the Magritte Museum is dedicated. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic both struggled with form and injuries in 2017 and didn't play a competitive match after Wimbledon.

Dominic Thiem of Austria is rounding off the top five seeds. If they are fully fit, Djokovic and Wawrinka only add further competition and excitement to a packed field.

Aiava, Matt Ebden, Jason Kubler, Alex De Minaur and Ajla Tomljanovic are among a cluster of Australian underdogs to be pitted into battle with seeded opponents.

"My wife in September gave birth to our second child and I could be there with her and with our children spend five months without separating". Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina round out the top four.

"That's what makes Federer, Federer". Maybe the stars have aligned to prove once and for all how consequential Djokovic's quest has always been.

Thiem squibbed a simple overhead with the score at 8-8, allowing Nadal to close out the match.

It's remarkable that a 36-year-old is the pre-tournament favourite at a Major.

It should be noted that the seedings have gone largely according to the ATP world rankings.

Their replacement - a 'lucky loser' from the qualifying tournament - will get the other 50 percent of the first-round prize money. It's a critical advantage for tennis, because for most fans in this sports-glutted age, tennis is still all about the Grand Slams. No seeded player can meet another seeded player until the third round.

Will the real Next Gen please stand up?

Armed with a new serve and a dose of cautious optimism, Novak Djokovic resurfaced in public for the first time since Wimbledon as the most interesting exhibit of the Australian Open's walking wounded. "The domination thing was fun but stressful", he said. At the event he won six titles (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016).

"He looks younger than ever", ESPN tennis analyst and former professional Patrick McEnroe told reporters on a call on Wednesday.

Tunisian Ons Jabeur is in Halep's quarter and opens her campaign against No. 16 seed Elena Vesnina.

Can Maria triumph in Serena's absence?

"But when he's on, he's on, and he's really difficult to beat".

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