Djokovic hopes for full health for Open

Djokovic hopes for full health for Open

Nadal won the French Open and the US Open, while the Swiss ace took his tally to 19 with the Australian Open and Wimbledon. "Honestly, it's a good place to be". There's so many bittersweet memories from it, [it] kind of set up a great year for me.

Roger Federer has been termed the early favourite going into Melbourne following his exploits previous year, where he defeated Nadal in the finals in a five-set thriller.

He said: "My knee feels good". The past records at the four Grand Slams of the generation in question instills little confidence in their abilities to crack open the draws at this year's majors.

Roger Federer will open his title defence against Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene and has a potential quarter-final with David Goffin in the Australian Open. I'm not going to say quarter-finals, semi-finals, anything like that. The problems that they had are different issues, different injuries, but I had these problems during my career couple of times.

"I've played a lot of matches and won a lot of matches on that court", he said. "Moya has come with new ideas and new methods of working that have worked well and we are excited".

Toni has departed to focus on his nephew's tennis academy but Nadal said their relationship remained intimate and "easy".

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I'm told he felt no pain in the elbow on Thursday, having played in two exhibition events the previous day.

While some generations have obviously outperformed some others, no generation has been as disappointing as the rather forgettable generation I'm referring to: Players born between 1990 and 1994. I really hope to be ready.

Federer says the likes of six-times champion Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, both returning after lengthy injury breaks, could benefit from the same mindset he arrived with in Melbourne a year ago, when he was just back from a six-month hiatus. He was a former World No.1 in the ATP Rankings.

The winners of the potential Dimitrov-Kyrgios and Djokovic-Zverev fourth round matches would feel confident of making the final. Dimitrov, the world's No.3 seems to be intent, at 26, to become the player he has threatened to be since he was 20. "I start from zero again", he said. The much touted "Next Gen" players may beg to differ with that assessment but of the young guns desperate to prove themselves, the likes of Alexander Zverev, Thiem, Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov, none have experienced life at the very sharp end of a major event.

He won all his four singles matches as he and Belinda Bencic helped Switzerland lift the Hopman Cup in Perth. The bookies fancy his chances and so does everyone else who has surveyed the draw. "I have great results here but I'll take it a bit more modestly and see how my matches go".

"Everyone wants to win a Grand Slam".