Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Novak Djokovic looks forward to trying out 'new serve' at Australian Open

Novak Djokovic looks forward to trying out 'new serve' at Australian Open

"You talk about it in the press, but you never really sit down and say 'how was the Australian Open for you?'" They can play great quality tennis. The women's field is wide open with defending champion Serena Williams pulling out, as she recovers from complications from her pregnancy. "The correction and improvements to the service are allowing me to be more efficient and spend less energy", he said. "I definitely feel like I've been used to this sort of level for a long time now".

The Federer sweep aside, who do our experts believe will thrive at the Australian Open, which starts Sunday, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and the ESPN App?

The bookies have Federer as the solid favourite to retain his Australian title with Nadal just behind him.

Djokovic will be seeded 14th in Melbourne and opens against American Donald Young on Tuesday, with Frenchman Gael Monfils and German fourth seed Alexander Zverev also in his section of the draw.

Dimitrov admitted it was a different feeling to see himself as the third seed in a grand slam event, but that the hard work was still to be done.

The home favourite, who beat Grigor Dimitrov on the way to clinching the title, has been prone to petulant outbursts on the court in the past.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion has dominated at Melbourne Park in recent years, winning six times since 2008, and he still hopes to add to his tally of major titles.

The 12-time major victor is in the same quarter as No. 4 Alexander Zverev, No. 5 Dominic Thiem and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, who confirmed Saturday he'd return at Melbourne Park from his own six-month layoff following surgery on his left knee and that alone would feel like a victory.

In the last two years at Grand Slams, whenever Serena Williams has been absent, an unknown has thrown their hats in the ring. Jelena Ostapenko, Latvia; 8.

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But it could be former No.1, Angelique Kerber rising again as she has been the most outstanding player in the New Year.

What does being No 1 in the world mean to Rafael Nadal? She has since parted from her long-time coach, Torben Beltz last November, replaced by Wim Fissette and has started a renaissance of sorts.

"I don't know how my body's going to behave this year or any other year".

Two years before they were chanting his name in adulation when he downed the Italian to reach the quarterfinals at the opening Grand Slam of the season.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens will also play on Margaret Court Arena against China's Shuai Zhang.

Halep has since been bolstered by words from four-time Grand Slam victor, Kin Clijsters. That's my goal. And let's see.

Williams, not prone to droughts herself, last played last January in winning the 2017 Australian Open, and gave birth to her daughter last September 1.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza hasn't had the flawless preparation, but is determined all the same.

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