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"I work hard in the off-season to create a base that serves me well throughout the season, and then I rework the base time and time again throughout the season", he added.

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Federer instead looked to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as more suitable favourites. Talking with the Australian Open, yeah, they gave us the chance to play like an open practice but closer to the match for the crowd. His back has troubled him in recent years, and problems in the build up to the US Open rendered him a shadow of the man who played with such magnificence in Melbourne and at Wimbledon. The 30-year-old Djokovic, whose practice session on Saturday was watched keenly by coaches Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek, said he was pleased with his new service motion which appeared to be a little locked-in.

"I've showed on multiple occasions over the year that I can play and beat the best guys in the world", Zverev said.

And so if the 2017 Australian Open was one for the ages - the revival of the Federer-Nadal rivalry and another Williams sisters final - the 2018 edition is shaping up as a survival of the fittest. She won the season-opening Shenzhen Open in China, but has mixed results at Melbourne Park, losing in the first round the last two years.

Federer begins his quest to match Djokovic's six Open wins against Slovenia's world No.49 Aljaz Bedene on Tuesday.

"Whenever I get asked that question, it always comes across in really kind of an nearly negative way instead of acknowledging how many great players we have", the world number nine said. "I feel relaxed. Obviously, winning a tournament before you play a grand slam helps", he said. The world's two top-ranked players will spearhead the charge to succeed Serena Williams at year's first major left wide open by the withdrawal of the defending champion and new mum.

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Everybody knows that 12 months ago, two players launching comebacks, No. 9 seed Rafael Nadal and No. 17 seed Roger Federer, wound up in the Australian final, with Federer winning a stirring five-set gem, among the reasons the ceaseless rivals are seeded No. 1 (Nadal) and No. 2 this time. "I hope to be healthy and competitive, and most important thing, I hope to enjoy tennis one more year".

Nadal explained yesterday that he did not feel the conditions at the exhibition event at nearby Kooyong were similar enough to Melbourne Park.

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Djokovic, a surprise second-round loser here past year, is hoping he can get fit enough to change that in 2018. No man has more Australian titles than Djokovics six, and until last years shocking second-round exit, he had won five of the six contested from 2011-16. But right now it's at the level where I can compete'. During all these years, I was very happy to keep playing tennis.

But it has rather gone wrong for the American since as she has lost every match she has played, and was thrashed by world No 100 Camila Giorgi in Sydney last week.

"I feel my biggest expectation is from myself", Venus Williams said, dismissing any notion that age or expectations will weigh heavily on her.