Even without Serena, Aussie Open women's field still tough

Even without Serena, Aussie Open women's field still tough

But the Spaniard, beaten by Roger Federer in a classic final 12 months ago, spoke positively about his preparation.

The closer it gets to the start it seems like he is the only logical choice. It's just the same, you know.

It was also not plain sailing for Halep, who rolled her ankle at the start of the second set and needed treatment after screaming with agony on the court.

"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. "That's all I'm really focusing on", he said about his drive to break his Grand Slam duck. Kerber looks on form after going undefeated in Hopman Cup and into the final at Sydney, if she hasn't overplayed going into Melbourne.

Yes, he can. But with the quick courts in Melbourne and with players having to hit the ground running, it's the case of Rafa being susceptible on quicker courts in the first week.

"I know that she's staying at the baseline". There are no clear favourites to win the title.

Anthony Joshua Very Eager To Get Parker in The Ring
Parker successfully defended his title against Hughie Fury a year ago and is looking forward to returning to these shores. He added: 'So my challenge to my fighter Joseph Parker is I need this to be his greatest performance.

He's not fit. He might be fit now, but he's not tennis fit.

It was his earliest Grand Slam exit in seven years as he fights back from a wrist injury. He hasn't played any matches.

The world No. 1 was involved in a real battle with Destanee Aiava on Rod Laver, and she battled back admirably during a tense first set. If he gets through this minefield, then a 20th Grand Slam title might just suffice. Fourth round would be a huge victory for Novak. Elsewhere, Nick Kyrgios cruised through his first match, whilst Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov also progressed with relative ease. Play on that court begins with a matchup between women's No. 7 seed Jelena Ostapenko and Francesca Schiavone. Ninth seed Stan Wawrinka survived a fightback from Ričardas Berankis of Lithuania to win in four sets on his return to the Australian Open. There are still massive question marks about the other contenders. The Serbian, who is ranked as the 14 seed in the competition wore a sleeve on his right arm to protect his injured elbow but it proved to be little hindrance for the six-time victor, who dispatched with American Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 on Margaret Court Arena. Kyrgios is in form and is an wonderful talent. That's why I tape all the time.

"It's the first time I am here without playing an official match in my career", he said.

"I'm feeling good and trying to continue how I have played in the last few weeks".

What about Jo Konta's chances?

Federer could then have to face either David Goffin - who beat him in the ATP Finals semifinal round last November - or Juan Martin del Potro (who beat him at the 2017 U.S. Open) in the quarterfinals. And the way the first half of last season went, it seemed to take its toll. Wednesday March will play against Olivia Rogowska, and in case of a victory can go to Elina Svitolina. Fans are interested in who wins championships, but the players at the lower levels need this event to justify their professional commitment to the sport.

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