Djoko, Wawrinka and Muguruza all battling to make the Aussie Open

Toni Nadal 'In 2015 Novak Djokovic was more complete than Federer in 2017'

Toni Nadal 'In 2015 Novak Djokovic was more complete than Federer in 2017' 4 Jan 2018  View 12090 by Gatto Luigi

She begins her Australian Open campaign against American Madison Brengle. "Actually we didn't have a chance to support each other today because we were playing nearly at the same time but it's always good to have a close friend from your country with you, to be with you, traveling with you, sharing everything", said the 27-year-old Safwat.

"I'll try to go day by day", Djokovic said.

The 19-time Grand Slam victor is hoping to repeat his success from 2017 and establish himself as the greatest player the world has ever seen.

Other form players include France's Gael Monfils, who won the lead-up Qatar Open in a depleted field, and his countryman Gilles Simon who rolled back the years to claim the ATP Maharashtra Open title.

"I had plenty of time, but at the same time the elbow needed more time to recover. For now, I'm in the [Australian Open] and let's hope with God's grace that everything will be fine in the next five days".

Federer hailed Nadal for putting up a great fight in last year's Open. "Now I know his secret", the 30-year-old said during the courtside interview. "I really felt in my heart of hearts it was all about him continuing to give himself those chances because he's so good he was going to find a way to execute under pressure".

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With five-times runner-up Andy Murray and Japan's Kei Nishikori already ruled out with injuries, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley welcomed Wawrinka's intention to play.

"I looked at the positive and said I put myself in contention nearly every week and eventually it will have to turn". The world No 20 tore a tendon in his right wrist last August and confirmed this month that he was not ready for the demands of grand slam tennis. With Roger Federer the front runner in this year's tournament Down Under, the Swiss will be looking to equal this record since he is one AO slam short, something that Nole would like to prevent.

"Roger with the year he had last year and Nadal, I don't think I'll be the favourite".

The Spaniard, who hasn't played since the World Tour Finals in London, had a stellar 2017, winning his 10th French Open, a third US Open crown and the year-ending world number one spot.

When asked if he will play in the Grand Slam that starts next week, he added: "For now, I'm in the tournament".

This championship is the first of the four tournaments that make up the Grand Slam and takes place every January.

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