Djokovic dominates on his return from injury

Tim Henman says Roger Federer is the favourite to win Australian Open

Chris Kermode, executive chairman of the men's tour, the Association of Tennis Professionals, promised a shake-up, although he accepted the players' reasons for withdrawing.In a separate rule change created to get matches started more quickly, warm-up times will be strictly enforced.

Kyrgios will have his supporters, especially in Australia, after beating Dimitrov on the way to winning his fourth ATP Tour title and first at home in the lead-up Brisbane International. "I certainly will hope I put myself in that position", Sharapova said.

Former world number one Novak Djokovic has said that he intends to play in the 2018 Australian Open starting next Monday.

Here is the list of players who have been struggling with fitness in the lead-up to the first Grand Slam of the year. "I have great results here, but I'll take it a bit more modestly and see how my matches go".

The Serb wasn't at his best in defeating the world number five.

Federer and Nadal's preparations for the Australian Open could not be more contrasting as the latter deals with an ongoing knee problem which continues to threaten his bid for a second Melbourne title and first since 2009, when he left the Swiss maestro weeping like a schoolboy on Rod Laver Arena.

The 30-year-old said he was "very happy with how it went" after his first competitive game since Wimbledon. I think the sport needs a strong rivalry because that's good for fans. Referring to the final set of the thriller, which he won 6-3, he said: "It was an wonderful final, an fantastic moment for me in my life and it's great to be back here", as quoted by the Express.

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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 Australian Open is the second straight Grand Slam to be badly hit by injury issues.

Injury and illness stalled her initial return to the circuit but a Tianjin Open win in October and run to the Shenzhen Open semi-finals suggests the five-time major victor is nearing her best and the 2008 champion will expect to go deep in Melbourne.

Nadal and Djokovic are both expected to play in the Australian Open, which starts on January 15.

"Nadal, he's No 1 in the world and made the finals past year - I don't think I would be ahead of him as a favourite". "I don't like usually going to draws because they freak me out".

"I always played to be able to compete in one of these big tournaments".

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