Nick Kyrgios ready to knuckle down as he bids for Australian Open

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

Federer also has to keep an eye on Rafael Nadal, a man who has proved himself capable of beating anyone who stands in his way. Battling illness, the Argentinian came back from the dead against Dominic Thiem before shocking Roger Federer and went on to finish the season very strongly.

The annual "Kids Day" saw thousands of people turnout to watch Tennis stars on the court as well as dancing and other mini-games. With the game evolving, and players emerging at break-neck speeds, it becomes all the more hard to define generations in the modern era. So, I try to find my way, what can help me to be there, to be ready for the fight. "But I feel good", said the 31-year-old, who played his first Australian Open in 2004. So, for starters, Federer (1981) belongs to the same generation as Lleyton Hewitt (1981) and Andy Roddick (1982). Is it just number crunching in futility, or does it lead to something of merit? The problems that they had are different issues, different injuries, but I had these problems during my career couple of times.

Rafael Nadal showed that talk of his demise had been exaggerated by winning the French and U.S. Open titles past year although he faces a battle to repeat those feats without his lifelong coach and uncle Toni while also fighting familiar injury troubles. At ages 36 and 37 in 2017, with that number changing in June, Williams journeyed to two Grand Slam finals, one semifinal and one fourth round.

"It was a great test for me to see where I am, to see how I feel, to hear the score being called and feel the pressure of break points".

"But hopefully I can improve that this year". The Spaniard will face Victor Estrella Burgos in his first match in Melbourne on Monday, Federer will play Aljaz Bedene on Tuesday. "It was definitely my highlight of 2017".

"But at the end of the day, I just need to know it's a long year". What is also worth noting is that Dimitrov's current ranking of 3 in the world is the highest rank achieved by anyone from his generation.


It's not the first time that they received this prize, but now it was the first time that they have been honoured jointly. In 2017 they scripted a memorable comeback as the duo claimed two Slams each to end the year as the two top-ranked players of the season.

"I practised with Rafa, I practised with Novak, with Berdych, with Monfils, with Dimitrov".

Men's top seeds: 1. It would bring so many returns from so many absences that it seemed primed to take a sport with holes in its draws and stitch the whole thing back together.

Experts' picks: This just in: It's going to be Roger Federer time again.

Federer will saddle up for a 19th time in the main draw at Melbourne Park, looking to frustrate "Generation Next" once again and defend the title he won a year ago during a stunning comeback from knee surgery.

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