Novak Djokovic: ready for 2018 Australian Open action

Novak Djokovic Stan Wawrinka train on the Rod Laver Arena
Novak Djokovic Stan Wawrinka train on the Rod Laver Arena 7 Jan 2018  View 3368 by Gatto Luigi

14 Enero, 2018

Andrea Petkovic recently suggested as much ahead of the Australian Open.

He starts against a qualifier and could meet his Brisbane conqueror and home hopeful, 17th seed Nick Kyrgios, in the fourth round.

It is no wonder that Roger Federer at 36 can produces such electrifying and immaculate tennis, comfortably taking out power tennis players and baseline warriors with a mix of court craft, deceit and anticipation. It never fails to serve up surprising storylines and 2018 promises to be no different. Germany's former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber, who continued her resurgence with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Italian Camila Giorgi later yesterday, stands in the way of Barty's second career title.

"I had all these great five-setters and at the end the epic match against Rafa".

The top seeds of the men's and women's singles draws at the Australian Open were handed mixed fortunes as Rafael Nadal managed to avoid Novak Djokovic in his half while Simona Halep was given a brutal path. Kokkinakis is a good player too.

Federer was coming off an extended injury break and was seeded 17th at last year's Australian Open when he beat Nadal, who was seeded ninth, in five sets in the final.

The seven-year-old clip remains in the hearts of tennis fans, especially after Federer and Nadal completed a stunning return to form with two grand slams apiece in 2017.

On the eve of the season's first Grand Slam, it's time to consider an increasingly uncomfortable debate in tennis: Has the best-of-five format at Grand Slams run its course? The fifth set was maybe the best set I ever played.

Some of the tensest, drama-filled moments at the Grand Slams come when a top-ranked player falls behind two sets to none to a lesser-ranked opponent.

In 2017, we saw two first-time Major-winners - Ostapenko at the French Open and Sloane Stephens at the US Open. Djokovic faces American Donald Young in the opening round. Halep, who will take on Australian Destanee Aiava in her first match, could face Eugenie Bouchard in the second round. Joining Nadal on that line of fitness questioning are Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori among others.

Will the real Next Gen please stand up?

The draw has been made, the players are ready and the 2018 Australian Open is about to begin with the first Grand Slam of the year getting underway on Monday.

When is the Australian Open?

Fortunately, the number of question marks hanging over the sport's biggest names make it easy to predict which big names will fall early in Melbourne.

There is a difference, however, with Federer guiding Switzerland to their third Hopman Cup trophy - 17 years on from claiming the title alongside Martina Hingis.

The BBC will be showing highlights on some days throughout the competition, with a schedule of their coverage here.

There is more depth on the women's side.

Can Rafael Nadal challenge in Melbourne?

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