Comfortable Australian Open starts for Nadal, Williams

Dan Evans will carry British interest

No.4 seed Daniil Medvedev heads the second quarter and opens against last year's Melbourne quarterfinalist Frances Tiafoe.

Tennis chiefs have insisted any delays to the Grand Slam's scheduled start on Monday were unlikely given Melbourne Park has three roofed stadiums and eight other indoor courts which could be used in an emergency.

"So when we face each other we can be the best versions of ourselves so we can pull out the best quality of tennis that we possibly can because that's what it takes to win against each other".

"So if Novak is in decent form, I think he is by far the favourite to win the Australian Open because he knows how to, he's done it so many times". In Switzerland, we don't have these kinds of extreme situations.

"I honestly think it's going to be quite exciting to see how much longer can they go".

Osaka's victory over Petra Kvitova in Melbourne a year ago earned her a second consecutive Grand Slam title following her success at the 2018 US Open but she quickly found herself struggling to cope with the pressure of being world No. 1. It's one of those days where everything just works perfectly. "I am happy playing tennis and especially after all the physical problems I've had".

If he gets past his opening matches, the Swiss may need to exact revenge on Australian world No. 47 John Millman and/or Bulgarian world No. 19 Grigor Dmitrov, who pulled off big upsets to oust Federer from the 2018 and 2019 US Opens, respectively, but would not be favored to repeat those feats.

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"He was two sets down and it was very impressive to see Medvedev coming back strong and going over five hours".

She is gunning for an eighth Australian crown and her first Slam title since Melbourne in 2017.

"Dominc Thiem has been around and knocking on the door".

Nadal is expected to cruise past Bolivian world No. 72 Hugo Dellien in the first round, but looming ahead in the round of 16 is a potential match-up against the big-serving Kyrgios, who defeated Nadal at the 2014 Wimbledon and is a major threat to any player on the ATP Tour when at his best. You always have three or four of the top 10 players in the world here, so we're still at the top of our game here.

In November, leading Australia's charge to win the Fed Cup for the first time in 45 years against France in Perth, she suffered an upset loss to Kristina Mladenovic, which ended her team's hopes.

"But that's inevitable. It's going to happen and, when and if it happens, it's going to be good for the sport".

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