Nadal preparation jeopardises repeat of epic Federer final

Nadal preparation jeopardises repeat of epic Federer final

Even with Murray and Novak Djokovic out of the frame for much of 2017 due to injury, "Gen Next" once again failed to make inroads at the four tournaments that really count.

The women's side of the draw is wide open, with Serena Williams announcing last week she will not be there to defend her crown despite demonstrating her fitness in an exhibition win over Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in December.

"I'm good and I am here so that's good news, and my idea is just to keep practicing the next couple of days to be ready for the beginning of the Australian Open".

Although Djokovic said he was delighted with his performance, especially his serve, he acknowledged that he was still not in ideal shape.

So the Top Tens Tie Break exhibition match was Nadal's first match of the 2018 season.

Novak Djokovic has practised behind closed doors ahead of next week's Australian Open, adding to the intrigue surrounding his return from a lengthy injury layoff.

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Nadal's knee injury hampered the end of his 2017 season and forced him to skip last week's Brisbane International, but he was able to give it a workout at the non-tour event in Melbourne. She begins her Australian Open campaign against American Madison Brengle.

His only regret was losing the number one rank to Rafael Nadal who confirmed his status by reaching the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters before eventually retiring with a knee problem.

In Thursday's draw, 36-year-old Federer, bidding for a record 20th Grand Slam title, has a first round encounter with the 51st-ranked Bedene.

Other form players include France's Gael Monfils, who won the lead-up Qatar Open in a depleted field, and his countryman Gilles Simon who rolled back the years to claim the ATP Maharashtra Open title. "They're definitely two favourites to look at".

"Defending a title the very first time is the hard part... if you don't win, it's all dramatic but later on in life you take it as it comes, try your best and if it works out, great but if it doesn't, it just doesn't". She said it didn't leave her enough time to feel confident of winning a major.

The Australian Open starts on Monday, January 15 in Melbourne. "He's a friend of mine and it's great to play him", he said."I'm happy with how I'm playing after a test against Rafa, who along with Federer is the best in history".

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