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Nadal and Federer are top two seeds for Australian Open

Roger Federer GETTYRoger Federer has tailored his training regime to keep himself in shape
Rita Gibson | 14 January, 2018, 08:25

There are also other players, who can come in from left field to stake a claim to the title but it looks like a very fit Federer could go all the way.

Federer, who won the Australian Open a year ago, begins the defence of his title against Aljaz Bedene.

That is giving Djokovic some hope.

"He won a couple Grand Slams". Who would predict that after his six months of absence, so everything is possible really.

Brad Gilbert sees Roger Federer as a clear favourite to win the Australian Open and said he can only "marvel at the greatness" of the 19-time grand slam champion.

Off the court, the 30-year-old Serbian said he enjoyed a closer-to-normal family life off the court, including being there when his wife, Jelena, gave birth to their second child - a daughter Tara in September. "I don't want to say "new serve", but new service motion". "Although it's not entirely different... even those small changes have made a lot of difference", he said.

"I feel like I spend less energy but I'm more efficient", he said. No matter if I'm here, Wimbledon, US Open, it's the same for me. He, more than any Australian player, will play the lead in a Grand Slam running theme: the extra heaps of pressure upon home-country, home-team players.

Roger Federer
GETTYRoger Federer will start the Australian Open as favourite

In recent months, meanwhile, ATP Finals victor Grigor Dimitrov and Zverev have moved up to No. 3 and No. 4 in the rankings, respectively, and are growing in confidence that they're on the cusp of Grand Slam breakthroughs. No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina, 23, has found two quarterfinals, while No. 6 seed Karolina Pliskova, 25, has made the quarterfinal or better in four of the last five Grand Slams, a feat in a sport deep in talent and rife with wild inconsistencies.

"I still know what I'm capable of and I believe in my own abilities to win against the best players in the world", he said. I always wanted to be a top-five player.

An upbeat but calm Nick Kyrgios heads into the Australian Open feeling confident about his mental game and keen to keep a level head through the season after a "roller-coaster" ride in 2017.

Kyrgios warmed up for the Australian Open which gets underway on Monday, by winning the Brisbane International.

The Serb hasn't played a competitive match for more than six months and it would be a tall order, to say the least, for him to turn up and win the tournament - although that was said about Federer past year. "But I feel good", he told a news conference on Saturday. She was dominating all the junior tournaments when I was young and we were really good friends.

"Whenever I get asked that question, it always comes across in an nearly negative way instead of acknowledging how many great players we have", said the British number one.

Djokovic, the six-time champion and victor of 12 grand slam titles, has slumped to No.14 in the rankings and is pleased just to be here. "When something is happening, you need to analyze why".

Mauricio Pochettino delivers major Tottenham transfer update
The statement came in the wake of rumours that Spanish giants Real Madrid were keen on signing star striker Harry Kane to bolster their squad.

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