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Federer playing down Australian Open favouritism

Roger Federer does not believe he should be the favourite to win the Australian Open. All ended up way better than I thought it would. It was last-minute choice to come here for a week to practice without knowing if I would be able to play or not.

Garbine Muguruza is the reigning Wimbledon champion, though her health has been in question at the start of the new year. I really hope to be ready. There's tons of things to look forward to.

"This time exactly 12 months ago, we were talking about the great play of Andy and Novak", Tiley said. "My brother is in college".

"I can't thank him enough for everything. I have to prove to him that I'm smarter in everything". "It was a good start to the year", said Wozniacki.

The tempestuous 22-year-old has the brilliance and talent to win his national Open, yet it is his brittle state of mind that oftens malfunctions to his detriment.

Stephens' rise to Grand Slam champion status played out like a fairytale, which earned her the 2017 WTA Comeback Player of the Year honors.

Dimitrov said he's a better player than he was when he lost the semifinal here previous year to Nadal, and Zverev is aiming to go deep into the second week for the first time at a major. "It's never going to be anything you expected".

Federer added: "I think he's incredibly talented". "I was lucky", she said. "To win seven matches in a row, to say that's luck? I've had the luxury of getting treated in my room at my hotel", he said. The latter was asked on Saturday whether she agrees that the women's draw is wide open.

Federer is bidding to win successive Australian Opens for the first time since 2006-07.

The most risky floater is 2008 champion Maria Sharapova, who is back in the world's top 50 for the first time since returning from a 15-month doping ban and will open against unseeded German Maria Tatjana.

Venus Williams said Serena is "here in spirit" supporting her in Australia, where she's hopeful of ending an nearly decade-long Grand Slam title drought.

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Federer impressed by Kyrgios form

The good news is that, at the time of writing, Novak Djokovic (dodgy elbow) is still planning on playing and Stan Wawrinka (even dodgier knee) is hoping to do likewise.

The 19-time Grand Slam victor, who is coming off an extraordinary 2017 in which he won two Grand Slams, will be up against a depleted field when the first Grand Slam of the year begins at Melbourne Park on Monday, with Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori out injured.

Roger Federer is playing down his Australian Open expectations.

The 30-year-old Scot even found time to attend a meeting of the ATP player council, of which he is a member, on Friday night at a city hotel.

He won all four of his matches against Nadal, but in his 37th year would be the last to take his fitness for granted.

So can the two players who follow Nadal and Federer in the rankings build on their impressive 2017?

All you need to know about the 2018 Australian Open, including day-by-day results and analysis from Melbourne.

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This year's tournament will be without a number of star from both the men's and women's draws.

Stephens made a stellar run to the U.S. Open title after missing several months with an injured left foot.

Kyle Edmund is fit and the only British male in the singles draw, playing US Open finalist Kevin Anderson. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports Madison Keys returns a shot during the women's U.S. Open final in Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in NY.

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Bautista Agut will receive 250 ATP Rankings points and $89,435 in prize money and is projected to remain at No. 21 in the ATP Rankings.

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