Service ace: Djokovic back with rebuilt serve at Aussie Open

It saw Nadal play Austrian world number five Dominic Thiem this week on a practice court under full match conditions, with ball kids, scoreboard, and umpire.

The draw ended up throwing up a bunch of interesting ties to keep us glued to our television screens and we take a look at five first round matches to watch when the Australian Open main rounds begin on Monday, January 15.

"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, rather optimistically. She said it didn't leave her enough time to feel confident of winning a major. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic "The Courts of Babylon" and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), "A Champion's Mind". His 2017 comeback could be inspiration for the likes of Djokovic, who has won the Australian title a record six times but has been sidelined since Wimbledon with a right elbow injury.

Danger lurks at nearly every corner, with former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic and a resurgent Juan Martin Del Potro, the man who beat Federer for the 2009 U.S. Open title, looming as threats before the quarter-finals.

Federer said: "I mean, for me it was a coincidence, you know".

The ninth seed at Melbourne Park, who opens against Lithuania's Ricardas Bernakis, said, "It's the best that I could've dreamt when I had the surgery, that I'm going to play the first match here".

Spain's Rafael Nadal talks with his coach Carlos Moya during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Service ace: Djokovic back with rebuilt serve at Aussie Open

"I really hope to be ready".

But while others have a troubled buildup to the year's opening Grand Slam, Federer is enjoying an unruffled lead in to the Open and is at peace with the world.

This match between two of the most promising under-20 players on the tour may be a preview of a rivalry that will define tennis in the coming decade. I always wanted to be a top-five player.

"I have had a great week and the final was not easy against Ash but I was able to play my game in important moments". "Today I played aset, that's where I test myself". The six-time Australian Open victor enlisted the help of tennis great Andre Agassi and power hitter Andy Roddick, to find a way to help release the "load from the elbow". "After I came back to Europe, played good indoors, had kind of a good start of the year". "The job was done the right way".

Against all expectations as he returned from injury, Federer blitzed the field to win at Melbourne Park previous year, crowned champion again after an epic final against Nadal. "Even though the service motion comparing to the old one, it's not entirely different, but at the beginning even those small tweaks and changes have made a lot of difference mentally". But I played plenty of tournaments in my career without Toni (present).

"If I have something to ask, I ask him". But now he chose to do another thing. I still have a lot of work to do physically and also tennis-wise to be to my top level.

  • Julie Sanders