Australian Open: Rafael Nadal says Uncle Toni is still 'more than anything'

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

"I just thought that the game and the wins weren't going to come. because I would just run into a red-hot Djokovic or Murray or Nadal or somebody and my game wasn't going to be good enough", Federer recalled.

Second-seeded Federer and No. 14-seeded Djokovic have nearly traded places.

They're in the same half of the draw - along with No. 4 Alexander Zverev, No. 5 Dominc Thiem, No. 7 David Goffin and No. 9 Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open victor who is also returning from injury.

It remains to be seen if he has recovered completely and is fit enough to go all the way, but it would be something if he could do what Roger Federer did last season.

Rafael Nadal may have well have started as the favourite were it not for his recent injury troubles. Kei Nishikori also withdrew.

Serena Williams, who was pregnant when she beat Venus here a year ago to claim her 23rd major title, gave birth to her first child - Alexis Olympia - in September. He has enough confidence with me, or I have enough confidence with him, to talk about anything I have to talk.

Grigor Dimitrov has been knocking on the door for quite some time, but so far a Grand Slam title has eluded him.

Novak Djokovic

Federer has been drawn in the same quarter of the draw as risky "floaters" Milos Raonic and Juan Martin del Potro, while the biggest threat to his progress to the quarter-finals is seventh-seed David Goffin, who beat the Swiss star in the ATP Finals in November.

"I feel that I had a good week-and-a-half of practices". "No one ever wants to let themselves down".

Maria Sharapova, who triumphed at the Australian Open in 2008 and lost three finals (in 2007, 2012 and 2015) has choosen a pink and black outfit.

The seedings for the season's first major tournament reflected the rankings in the both singles tournaments.

Two-time French Open finalist Simona Halep, yet to win a major, is seeded No. 1 in the women's draw, with Caroline Wozniacki at No. 2 and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza at No. 3.

Djokovic suggested recently that might still be playing at 40, and he said anything was possible so long as he still enjoyed what he was doing. I played in Kooyong once. "Everything at the moment is going in the right direction".

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